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Wales name Wyn Jones as new captain

Alun Wyn Jones is the new captain. Credit: PA

Alun Wyn Jones will captain Wales in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

The 31-year-old Ospreys lock, who has won 105 caps, takes over from Sam Warburton in Wales' senior playing role.

Warburton, who has skippered Wales a record 49 times since taking charge in June 2011, joins Jones in a 36-man Six Nations squad that was named by interim head coach Rob Howley on Tuesday.

The squad features a number of uncapped players including Wasps flanker Thomas Young and Leicester back Owen Williams.

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Sale Sharks investigated over breach of protocol

Sale Sharks will be investigated by the RFU. Credit: PA

Sale are being investigated over a possible breach of concussion management protocol, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

A panel will meet to examine a 30th-minute incident in the Sharks' 29-26 Aviva Premiership defeat at Harlequins last Saturday in which back row TJ Ioane appeared to be concussed but remained on the pitch and completed the match.

The investigation comes less than a month after Northampton were the subject of a probe into the handling of George North's latest blow to the head.

Gloucester sign Welshman Williams from Leicester

Gloucester have announced the signing of Owen Williams from their Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester.

Welshman Williams will move to Kingsholm for next season. He joined Leicester in 2013, having previously played for the Scarlets.

Owen Williams has moved to Gloucester. Credit: PA

Williams, 24, is uncapped, but rated in some quarters as a contender for Wales' RBS 6 Nations squad this season, which will be announced by interim head coach Rob Howley next Tuesday.

Williams has amassed more than 500 points for Leicester, featuring at fly-half and centre, but he now becomes Gloucester's fourth new signing for next term after forwards Carl Fearns, Fraser Balmain and Val Rapava Ruskin.

England prop Marler set to miss up to five weeks

Joe Marler has a fractured leg. Credit: PA

England prop Joe Marler will miss the start of the RBS 6 Nations after suffering a fracture to his lower left leg.

Marler has been ruled out for at least a month with the injury and will be unavailable for the Championship opener against France on February 4 and the clash with Wales seven days later.

"Joe will undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to be fit to play again in four to five weeks," his club Harlequins announced.

Robshaw set to miss twelve weeks of action

Chris Robshaw is set for time on the sidelines. Credit: PA

England flanker Chris Robshaw will miss the RBS 6 Nations after being ruled out for three months due to shoulder surgery.

The 30-year-old Harlequins player suffered the injury to his left shoulder in the 24-17 defeat at Worcester on New Year's Day, and is to undergo surgery on Monday.

Quins announced Robshaw was "expected to be out of competitive action for around 12 weeks", sidelining him for the entire Six Nations campaign in the latest blow for England head coach Eddie Jones.

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England flanker James Haskell 'totally fine' after head knock during Wasps comeback

James Haskell (right) leaves the field of play. Credit: PA

Wasps boss Dai Young delivered a positive fitness bulletin on James Haskell after the England flanker's long-awaited comeback from injury lasted less than a minute.

Second-half substitute Haskell appeared to be knocked out following a tackle on Leicester full-back Freddie Burns as Wasps claimed a gripping 22-16 Aviva Premiership victory at the Ricoh Arena.

He was then helped off, having featured for just 49 seconds in his first appearance since suffering a serious toe injury during England's successful Australia tour last summer.

"He is totally fine now," Wasps rugby director Young said. "He had a real big hit and had a bang on the head, so he has got to go through the protocols.

"It was the best '36-second' comeback ever, so he is having a bit of a ribbing off the boys, but all jokes aside, thankfully he is okay. He took a nasty bang to the head.

"He went in low to make the tackle, and it was pretty much head on body.

"We've all been really eager to get him back on the field, and he's had a big build-up, but he is totally fine, laughing and joking and having a bit of banter."

Injury rules Manu Tuilagi out of England training camp

Manu Tuilagi hobbled off after just eight minutes at Welford Road with England coach Eddie Jones watching on. Credit: PA

England and Leicester will be hoping for better news on Manu Tuilagi after a knee injury ruled the rugby union star out of the national team's training camp.

Tuilagi, playing only his sixth game following a two-month lay-off because of a groin issue, limped out of Leicester's 16-12 Aviva Premiership defeat to Saracens on Sunday and will be assessed today.

Rather than wait for the diagnosis, England opted to replace the 25-year-old with Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni for the 33-man two-day training camp in Brighton next week.

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