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Sale's Josh Beaumont out for three months

Beaumont is yet to play for the senior England team. Credit: PA

Sale forward Josh Beaumont has been ruled out for three months with the biceps injury sustained in Friday's Aviva Premiership defeat by Harlequins.

Beaumont, an uncapped England squad member who can play at lock and number eight, was forced off in the first half at Twickenham Stoop after snapping the muscle's tendon.

"Josh will be out for three months. It's a blow as he had been playing really well and had adapted brilliantly to playing in the second row," Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond said.

"He's had a few injury setbacks but he's only 23 and he's still a young lad. He's getting all the support he needs and I'm sure that he will come back bigger and stronger."

Beaumont's absence and the injuries incurred by Johnny Leota and Will Addison means Diamond is searching for "world class" signings at lock and centre.

"The message has gone out to agents that whether it is a short-term deal for three months or a long-term agreement for three years we are actively in the market for players in those two positions," Diamond said.


England boss Eddie Jones rules out further Rugby League raids

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Eddie Jones has ruled out making a raid on rugby league to improve England's World Cup prospects in the mould of Sam Burgess' doomed cross-code switch.

Burgess was lured away from South Sydney Rabbitohs by Jones' predecessor Stuart Lancaster in the season before the 2015 global showpiece on these shores, but it proved to be an ill-advised move as the Great Britain star returned to Australia 12 months later having made minimal impact.

England failed to progress from the group phase of the tournament, the attention generated by Burgess' presence causing disruption, and Jones has little interest in casting his net outside his current playing resources.

"We don't sign players - we are the Rugby Football Union," Jones said.

"(RFU chief executive) Steve Brown doesn't come to me and say 'here's £500,000, spend it on a player'. I don't have that option, I can't influence recruitment.

"I can't say to Leicester 'you sign George Smith' - I can't do that it, it is not my responsibility. It is a nonsense. That's not me. That's not my job.

"My job is to pick from the Premiership clubs, we have a relationship with the Premiership clubs, we select players from the Premiership clubs. We don't tell them to recruit.

"If they want to recruit rugby league players and they are good enough to play for England then we will pick them."


England planning early arrival for Japan World Cup

Eddie Jones and his squad are planning an early arrival. Credit: PA

England plan to arrive in Japan for the 2019 World Cup at least two weeks before the tournament is scheduled to start.

Eddie Jones' men will land in the host nation no later than September 6 and could play a warm-up match as part of their preparations ahead of the event's September 20 start date.

England have been drawn alongside Argentina, France, the United States and Tonga in the World Cup's 'pool of death' and the opponents selected for the final tune-up will play with a similar style to their Pool C rivals.

On Tuesday Jones set off for Japan on a fact-finding mission accompanied by several backroom staff, including forwards coach Steve Borthwick, and he is keen for his squad to feel comfortable.

"We want to be in locations that are close to normal life, so we want our players to train hard and walk on the street and go for a coffee," Jones said.

"We're just finalising our pre-World Cup camps and where they will be. We'll look to come here around September 3-6 and there is a possibility of playing a warm-up game shortly after that.

"We are looking to play similar teams to the ones we face in the pool stages."

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