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Hines has no points target for Sale

Nathan Hines isn'tHine thinking numbers. Credit: PA

Nathan Hines has little interest in any Aviva Premiership points target as Sale Sharks continue their quest to secure European Champions Cup qualification.

Sale are currently seventh in the Premiership table - one place off sealing a guaranteed Champions Cup place next term - with five games left.

I don't know what will get us into the top six. All I know is we want to win every game.

If we are thinking about how many games we need to win, that will be our undoing.

We are just thinking about Gloucester, win that one, chalk that one up and then move on to the next. That is the best and most efficient way to look at it, really.

I know it's a cliche to say one game at a time, but if you start spreading your focus around too many things, you will come unstuck.

It's about making sure not to worry if we win and someone else loses. It's more about worrying about our own performance as a team and as individuals. It's about getting our own stuff right.

– Nathan Hines

North feeling fine after being knocked out

George North was stretchered off. Credit: PA

Winger George North says he's feeling OK after being knocked out during Northampton Saints' win over Wasps.

The Welshman suffered a knee to the head by Nathan Hughes, who was sent off for dangerous play but protested his innocence.

North was stretchered off unconscious and in a neck brace, but tweeted to say he was fine.

Former Spurs man Van der Vaart to leave Hamburg

Rafael van der Vaart and Marcell Jansen will leave Hamburg in the summer after not being offer new deals.

Both will be out of contract in the summer, and the club's director of sport Dietmar Beiersdorfer has confirmed they have no future at Hmaburg.

Rafael van der Vaart will be available on a free in the summer. Credit: PA

"Rafael and Marcell know that we are not going to hold any talks with them over contract extensions," Beiersdorfer said on his club's website.

"With Heiko and Slobodan, we've left it open. We've postponed a decision and told the players this.

"The players have assured us that ensuring Hamburg avoid relegation is the absolute priority and that they will put everything into this."

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Australian captain to retire from ODIs after World Cup

Michael Clarke said he is retiring from one-day internationals. Credit: REUTERS/Steve Christo

Australian captain Michael Clarke has said he will retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday.

The 33-year-old made the surprise announcement at a press conference in Melbourne ahead of the match against the Black Caps.

In a statement on Cricket Australia's official news outlet he said: "Just so everyone is aware, tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia.

"I've just spoken to my teammates and spoken to (Cricket Australia CEO) James Sutherland and (National Selection Panel chairman) Rod Marsh and (Bupa Support Team head coach) Darren Lehmann and informed them tomorrow will be my last ODI for Australia.

"It's certainly been an honour and a privilege to represent my country."

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