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England announce squad for summer tour of Australia

England have named Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell in their squad for the tour to Australia despite both players suffering injuries on club duty on Saturday.

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Manu Tuilagi a major doubt for England tour Down Under

Manu Tuilagi watches from the sidelines after going off injured. Credit: PA

Manu Tuilagi is expected to miss England's summer tour to Australia due to a torn hamstring suffered in Leicester's 44-17 Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat by Saracens.

Tuilagi lasted just 20 minutes of the showdown at Allianz Park after sustaining the injury while attempting to ankle-tap wing Chris Wyles and it is understood the initial prognosis is a grade two tear requiring six weeks of rehabilitation.

If that assessment proves correct, it will rule Tuilagi out of next month's three-Test series against the Wallabies with Eddie Jones set to unveil his 32-33-man squad on Sunday.

Imanol Harinordoquy to retire at the end of the season

Former France forward Imanol Harinordoquy has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

What an amazing career Imanol Harinordoquy enjoyed. Credit: PA

The 36-year-old is hoping to sign off by winning the Top 14 title with Toulouse before calling time on his 16-year career.

"I will stop at the end of the season," he told L'Equipe.

"It will be a bit special when I play my last matches. I am not apprehensive. On the contrary, I am very excited about my final days. I want to win something."

The back-row player won 82 caps for Les Bleus and helped them win the Six Nations title five times, including three Grand Slams, and reach the 2011 World Cup final.

He also won the French title twice with Biarritz - but also suffered relegation with them in 2014, at which point he began to consider retirement.

He said:

It has come quite naturally, knowing that I was ready to stop two years ago after a difficult season at Biarritz, with the team's relegation and a knee constantly in pain.

I nearly ended my career because I could not train any more. Running had become a torture. When you get up the day after the game and need four ice packs on your knee, when your son asks you to pass a ball around in the garden and you cannot, you realise you have a life away from rugby.

– Former France forward Imanol Harinordoquy

Marler rules himself out of England summer fixtures

Marler will not travel to Australia with England. Credit: PA

Joe Marler has withdrawn himself from England's plans for next week's match against Wales and the three-Test tour of Australia.

The Rugby Football Union announced Marler's withdrawal, and the Harlequins prop said he needed "a short rest" from the game.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: "Joe played brilliantly during the RBS 6 Nations and he will be a big loss in Australia.

"Joe knows better than anyone what it takes to be part of a winning international team and he obviously doesn't feel like he's quite there at the moment. We fully support Joe's difficult decision and admire his honesty."

Beale injury 'not catastrophic' says Wasps boss

Beale is heading to Wasps next season. Credit: PA

Kurtley Beale's patella tendon injury is "not catastrophic" for new club Wasps, according to Dai Young.

Australia utility back Beale will join Wasps for next season on a one-year deal, but has will now miss four to six months with a knee problem suffered immediately after completing terms on his move to England.

"The first thing to say is our thoughts go out to Kurtley. You never want to see a player being injured," Young said of Beale, who has the option to extend his Wasps deal into a second year in due course.

"So that was our first concern, making sure he's okay. He's not our player yet so we have got limited information of where he is. But the information that we have got, it is pretty much that it's four to six months.

"It's obviously not ideal but it's not catastrophic for us, which means hopefully he'll be playing for us in September.

"If he's not right in September and it's a little bit longer, then it's a little bit longer, because we certainly won't rush him."

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Harlequins academy player killed in road traffic collision

Harlequins academy player Seb Adeniran-Olule has died in a road traffic collision, the Premiership club have announced.

Seb Adeniran-Olule was one of Harlequins' brightest young prospects. Credit: englandrugby.com

A statement from the club said: "Harlequins is deeply saddened to learn the news of the untimely death of Seb Adeniran-Olule in a road traffic collision.

"Seb was one of the Club’s most promising youngsters and an Academy member, who has been involved with the Club since the age of 13."

Conor O'Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Seb's family and friends at this difficult time. Seb was an incredible talent and had already represented England at under age level as well as making his senior debut for Quins at just 20.

"He will be sorely missed by the whole squad as well as by the wider Club."

Beaumont elected World Rugby chairman

Bill Beaumont has a new role. Credit: PA

Bill Beaumont has been unanimously elected as chairman of World Rugby.

The 64-year-old England Grand Slam-winning captain will take up his post on July 1, World Rugby announced.

Beaumont succeeds Frenchman Bernard Lapasset, who had previously announced he would not be seeking-re-election, while former Argentina scrum-half and skipper Agustin Pichot was elected vice-chairman.

Aulika to swap London Irish for Sale

Aulika is heading to Sale. Credit: PA

Tonga prop Halani Aulika will swap London Irish for Sale this summer.

The 32-year-old is one of the first players to have his departure from Irish confirmed, after the Reading-based club were relegated from the Aviva Premiership.

Sale boss Steve Diamond admitted he jumped at the chance to sign the 6ft 3in, 120kg tighthead.

"I have been watching Aulika all season and when his agent got in touch I didn't hesitate in signing him," Diamond told salesharks.com.

"He is a great scrummager and puts himself about on the pitch.

"I am sure he will be a big asset for us next season and beyond."

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