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The RFU have cancelled their Christmas party due to growing concerns over the Omicron variant

NIK SIMON’S GAIN LINE: RFU cancel their Christmas party over Omicron concerns… and fears emerge over South Africa doubtlessly becoming a member of the Six Nations

  • The RFU have known as off their Christmas party due to the Omicron variant 
  • Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski is about to commit his long-term future to the membership
  • South Africa edge nearer to holding talks over doubtlessly becoming a member of the Six Nations 

From Christmas events being cancelled to a serious membership struggling to put a group collectively as the Omicron variant wreaks havoc, it has been one other busy week for rugby.

Nik Simon brings us up-to-date with all the newest information in the sport each on and off the pitch.

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England head coach Eddie Jones will not be having Christmas drinks with the media this year

England head coach Eddie Jones is not going to be having Christmas drinks with the media this yr 

Six Nations concern over Springbok hyperlink

Concerns are growing in rugby governance circles that traders CVC are getting ready a transfer to add South Africa into the Six Nations. The Gain Line understands the world champions are shut to agreeing an ‘exclusive period of negotiation’ with the non-public fairness group, who personal a 14.3 per cent stake in the match.

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Bringing South Africa into the Six Nations might lead to an uplift in broadcast money, however the transfer could be unpopular with traditionalists and may very well be blocked by the dwelling unions. 

CVC are reportedly planning to open an workplace in the United Arab Emirates — amid fears that one exit technique may very well be to unload their rugby investments to the Middle East. CVC weren’t obtainable for remark.

The RFU cancelled their Christmas party out of concern over the Omicron variant. The knees-up may very well be rescheduled subsequent yr. Eddie Jones’s festive drinks with the media was additionally cancelled. Jones pulled out of different occasions this week, together with a Leeds Tykes lunch. Martin Johnson was his alternative. 

The Scarlets are scrambling to mortgage in gamers for subsequent week’s Euro recreation in opposition to Bristol. They have solely 14 obtainable – seven of whom are seniors – after their 32-man squad was hit by lockdown in South Africa. They at the moment are in quarantine in a Belfast lodge.    

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Lozowski deal

Alex Lozowski, on mortgage with Montpellier, is on the verge of signing a three-year contract at Saracens — a lot to the disappointment of his suitors round Europe.

Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski looks set to sign a new long-term contract with the club

Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski appears to be like set to signal a brand new long-term contract with the membership

Leicester Tigers had earmarked the 28-year-old England playmaker as a possible alternative for George Ford, whereas Sale might be in the marketplace for a centre if Rohan Janse van Rensburg returns dwelling to South Africa. Montpellier wished to preserve Lozowski in France following his mortgage interval, however he’s set to keep put.  

The Dragons and Cardiff are main the race for the signature of newly-capped Wales hooker Bradley Roberts. Roberts’s Ulster contract expires at the finish of the season and the WRU’s 60-cap choice coverage means the 25-year-old will have to be a part of a Welsh membership to proceed his worldwide profession.  

Leading gamers’ agent Ryan Shahin has left the YMU company in a transfer that’s thought to be associated to the ongoing charge dispute with the golf equipment. Shahin has represented a few of the recreation’s greatest gamers, together with Dylan Hartley, Ugo Monye, Billy Vunipola and George Ford.   

Ryan Shahin represents Saracens and England star Billy Vunipola (above) among others

Ryan Shahin represents Saracens and England star Billy Vunipola (above) amongst others

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