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Rugby Australia and New South Wales to terminate Folau's contract

Rugby Australia and New South Wales are to terminate Israel Folau's contract Credit: PA

Rugby Australia and New South Wales are to terminate Israel Folau's contract over discriminatory social media posts, the union has announced in a statement.

The Wallabies star was warned last year, but avoided any disciplinary action, for making homophobic comments on his social media channels.

The statement read: "As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action. In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."

Former Wasps and England man Wade signs for NFL side Buffalo Bills

Former England rugby union player Christian Wade has signed for the Buffalo Bills, the NFL team has announced. Credit: PA

Former England rugby union player Christian Wade has signed for the Buffalo Bills, the NFL team has announced.

Wade quit Gallagher Premiership side Wasps in October to join the NFL's International Pathway Program, which offers players from outside of America a route into the sport.

The 27-year-old was expected to be included in the NFL Draft later this month but has instead signed for the Bills, who finished with a 6-10 record last season.

After the news was announced, Wade said on his official Twitter account that he was "lost for words right now."

The Bills will get a roster exemption from the NFL for Wade through the International Player Pathway Program, allowing them to carry 91 players instead of the typical 90-player roster.

Wade has been identified as a running back by the NFL club, after scoring 82 tries as a wing for Wasps in the Premiership.

Wade, third-highest try scorer in Premiership history in England, participated in an NFL Pro Day last week and recorded a time of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

He follows in the footsteps of former Worcester Warriors forward Christian Scotland-Williamson, who was allocated to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 before being signed to the team's practice squad.

Scotland-Williamson went on to sign a reserves contract with the Steelers at the beginning of this year.

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Professional Rugby Board rule out Welsh regions merger

Welsh rugby will continue to be represented by four regions for the 2020-21 season after the Professional Rugby Board ruled out a merger. Credit: PA

Welsh rugby will continue to be represented by four regions for the 2020-21 season after the Professional Rugby Board ruled out a merger.

The announcement means the Ospreys and Scarlets will not be combined and also puts the proposal to establish a team in north Wales on indefinite hold.

The PRB, which runs the Welsh professional game, declared it is "united in its pursuit of what is best" without outlining plans beyond next season. The Scarlets and Ospreys fiercely opposed a deeply unpopular merger as part of so-called Project Reset.

Under that blueprint the combined region in the west of the country, Cardiff Blues, the Dragons and a re-established side in north Wales would comprise the four professional teams.

It was set to be Welsh rugby's biggest domestic shake-up since the inception of regional sides 16 years ago, but it faced immediate hostility.

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