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Gustard quits England for Harlequins role

Gustard will take up his new post after England's tour of South Africa. Credit: PA

Harlequins have confirmed the appointment of England defence coach Paul Gustard as their new head of rugby.

Gustard, 42, will take up his new post with the Aviva Premiership club after England's tour to South Africa next month.

He replaces John Kingston, who revealed in April that he would be leaving Quins at the end of the season.

"Harlequins is delighted to announce that England defence coach Paul Gustard will join the London club as head of rugby, following the conclusion of England's summer tour to South Africa," Harlequins said in a statement.

Former Leicester, London Irish and Saracens flanker Gustard has worked alongside England head coach Eddie Jones since January 2016 and is under contract with the Rugby Football Union until after the 2019 World Cup.

"Opportunities like this don't come along very often," Gustard said. "To be given the chance to lead a club as rich in talent, heritage and support as Harlequins is hugely exciting.

"My relationship with Eddie is strong and positive. He has supported me in accepting this new role and I will continue to have a strong relationship with him on our tour to South Africa and beyond."

Gustard helped England to a first series win in Australia, plus back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2016 and 2017, but Jones' side had to settle for fifth this year.

Harlequins finished 10th in the Premiership after winning only seven of their 22 matches.


Emre Can and Milner back in Liverpool training

Emre Can is still yet to sign a new contract and looks set to leave the club in the summer. Credit: PA

James Milner and Emre Can both featured as Liverpool stepped up their Champions League final preparations with an open training session at Anfield.

Milner missed the final Premier League game of the season with a muscle problem, while fellow midfielder Can has been out since March with a back injury.

The potential availability of both would increase manager Jurgen Klopp's options for Saturday's showpiece against Real Madrid in Kiev.

Page 2: 11:31Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip have already been ruled out of contention.

Liverpool spent part of last week at a training camp in Marbella, but have now returned to Merseyside before travelling to Ukraine later this week.

Klopp was due to hold a press conference to preview the match at Anfield at 1pm.

Injured Raonic withdraws from French Open

Raonic has struggled for form and fitness this season. Credit: PA

Canada's Milos Raonic has pulled out of the French Open due to injury.

The world number 28 was beaten by compatriot Denis Shapovalov in the last 16 of the Madrid Open earlier this month.

And Raonic's troubles with a knee injury have led him to withdraw from Roland Garros, which begins on May 27.

The 27-year-old wrote on Twitter: "It is with a heavy heart that I am withdrawing from @rolandgarros.

"I have many great memories there, but I know I need to continue working hard to put myself in the best position when I step out on the court.

"Thank you all for your support and see you soon on the grass."

Raonic reached the quarter-finals in 2014 and withdrew from the 2015 event following foot surgery.


'Barcelona will be in my heart forever' says Inistea

Andres Iniesta has been with Barcelona for his entire career. Credit: PA

Andres Iniesta praised the club and fans as he bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona after 22 years at the Nou Camp.

LaLiga champions Barca claimed a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad and it was a fitting finale for the 34-year-old, who lifted the trophy for a ninth time.

Addressing supporters on the pitch after the final whistle, Iniesta said he "leaves as a man", having spent so long playing for the Catalan giants.

"I will move on and carry you all in my heart forever," he said in quotes published on Marca.

"It's been a wonderful 22 years, full of pride, and it's been a pleasure to represent this club.

"I thank you for all the love and respect that you've given me since I arrived as a child, I now leave as a man."

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde felt it was only right to give the midfielder the send-off he deserved by replacing him late in the game with Paco Alcacer.

"We wanted to compete and win, but today was Andres' day and the crowd made it special," Valverde told Barca TV.

"I wanted to change things at the end of the game, to coincide with Leo (Messi) on the field. It was the right moment.

"These types of players will be talked about long into the future.

"They are unrepeatable, historical players that everyone will remember."

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