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England centre Te'o feared for Rugby future

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Ben Te'o has admitted his injury nightmare left him wondering about his future in rugby.

The 31-year-old England and Worcester centre is currently working his way back from the thigh problem which ruled him out of the national team's tour of South Africa having earlier endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines with ankle damage.

Te'o to BBC Radio 5 Live: "You have a couple of injuries back to back and you start to wonder, 'Is this worth it?' A lot of players would feel the same.

"I've come back from some tough injuries, and once you're back it's brilliant. But the time off is tough.

"When I was getting ready for surgery for my quad, I was laying in the bed with the gown on about to go under [the knife] again and I was thinking, 'I can't believe I am going under again for another op' - more crutches and all that.

"But sometimes that's the way it goes with injuries. You can have a couple of good years, and then sometimes it can go back to back to back, and you just can't get away from it."

New Zealand-born Te'o, who has 15 caps to his name, is preparing for his latest comeback, and the British and Irish Lion is desperate to make up for lost time.

He said: "I would love to get out here and play week in, week out. But that's just not real anymore, not in this day and age.

"I would love to get back fit and play every game for Worcester this season. Is that realistic? I don't know. Maybe, we will see."


No time frame on Watson's return according to Bath

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Bath have no clear time frame on when England star Anthony Watson could return to action after he retore his Achilles tendon.

Watson suffered an initial Achilles injury playing for England against Ireland in the final game of last season's Six Nations Championship.

And Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder admitted on Tuesday that it is a "start again injury" as the countdown continues towards the start of the new season.

Speaking to reporters at Bath's training base in Farleigh Hungerford, Blackadder said: "The initial surgery did not quite take, and he has re-torn it.

"It is a start again injury, so we honestly don't know what the time-line is.

"It could come down to weeks or months, but it could be later in the season, we just don't know."

Watson, 24, has won 33 England caps and scored 15 tries for his country.

The prognosis from his first Achilles injury was a six-month absence, so the latest setback suggests that he might struggle to play again this year.

England kick off their autumn Test schedule against South Africa on November 3, with world champions New Zealand, Japan and Australia following on successive Saturdays.

Townsend signs contract extension as Scotland boss

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Gregor Townsend has extended his contract as Scotland head coach.

Townsend took over from Vern Cotter in June 2017 and was handed the task of preparing Scotland for their World Cup quest in the autumn of 2019.

The former Glasgow Warriors head coach has now been handed a deal until 2021 along with coaching staff Matt Taylor and Mike Blair.

The 45-year-old said: "I have always been incredibly proud to coach Scotland and I'm delighted and grateful to be able to extend my involvement with the national team."


Launchbury undergoes late fitness test for England

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa. Credit: PA

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

The Wasps lock is expected to start the series opener at Ellis Park but his inability to practise with the remainder of the squad raises doubts over his availability.

Sam Simmonds, the Exeter number eight, also missed the session completed at Kings Park due to an unspecified injury.

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