Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys insisted his club had the blessing of the Wales national team management to put hooker Richard Hibbard on the bench for their Premiership defeat to Harlequins at Kingsholm.
Home is definitely where the heart is for England’s Brad Barritt, who insists that playing against his country of birth is meaningless as he prepares to take on South Africa at Twickenham this weekend.
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea believes Aviva Premiership clubs have “little alternative” but to ratify a second salary cap increase in two years to keep pace with big-spending French counterparts.
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