RUGBY UNION: Eddie Jones has confirmed attack coach Scott Wisemantel has left the England set-up. The 49-year-old Australian (above) helped England’s attack, as they were beaten by South Africa in the World Cup final earlier this month. Wisemantel has been tipped to join the Australia set-up.
Williams comes in after Willis injury
RUGBY UNION: Ospreys centre Scott Williams has been called up by Wales for Wayne Pivac’s first game as coach against the Barbarians on Saturday. He replaces Cardiff Blues’ Willis Halaholo, who faces a lengthy lay-off with a cruciate ligament injury.
■ RUGBY UNION: England centre Ben Te’o has signed for Japanese team the Sunwolves. Te’o will make his debut next year when his deal ends at Toulon. Te’o missed out on World Cup selection after an off-field altercation with England team-mate Mike Brown.
I’ve made history once and I will do it again in Saudi Arabia, claims AJ’s conqueror Ruiz
BOXING: Andy Ruiz has vowed to ‘make history again’ in his world heavyweight title rematch with Anthony Joshua. The Mexican produced one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight boxing history when he defeated Joshua in New York in June. Ruiz landed in Saudi Arabia yesterday to begin preparations for the ‘Clash On The Dunes’ on December 7 and he said: ‘It feels good. You know, I made history in New York and I’ll make history again in Saudi Arabia.’ Joshua, who arrived over the weekend, will look to regain the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO title belts he lost to Ruiz. The rematch will take place at the purpose-built, 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena and will be the first heavyweight world-title bout to take place in the Middle East.
Crisis leaves UK Athletics facing threat of cuts to Olympic funding
ATHLETICS: The head of UK Sport has not ruled out cutting funding to UK Athletics for the next Olympic cycle for Paris 2024 with the governing body in crisis. Sally Munday will meet UKA chiefs in the wake of the departure of chief executive Zara Hyde Peters before she had even started in the role. That followed the exits of chair Richard Bowker and performance director Neil Black. The UKA also failed to hit its medal targets at the world championships. Munday ruled out ‘a knee-jerk reaction’ but said: ‘We do an annual review with every sport and clearly the outcome of those reviews influences our discussions about how we invest.’