Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Afternoon Round Up

McKenzie slapped with 2-week ban

Edinburgh second-row Fraser McKenzie has been suspended for two weeks after he was found guilty of committing an act of foul play against Munster.

His will be free to play from October 10, 2016.

Pulu and Hames sign new Chiefs deals

The Chief have announced the re-signing of new All Blacks front-row Kane Hames and winger Toni Pulu.

Hames has signed for the forthcoming 2017 season, while Pulu will take the field for Chiefs throughout 2017 and 2018.

England call up uncapped seven

Eddie Jones has announced his 45-man elite player squad and 37 players who will attend a three-day training camp in Brighton as England begin their preparation for the Wealth Series against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia later in the year.

The 37 players will train at Brighton College from 2-4 October ahead of the opening game in the series against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12 November 2016.

Seven uncapped players are included in the training squad. Second-row Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) is named with back-row forwards Sam Jones (Wasps), Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers) and Nathan Hughes (Wasps). Scrum-half Dan Robson (Wasps) joins centres Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) and Joe Marchant (Harlequins). Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) is also selected for the first time in an England training camp under Jones.

See squad here

Perry Freshwater answers Perpignan SOS

With four defeats in a row, Perpignan President François River has decided to part with his two coaches, François Gelez and Philippe Benetton.

They have been replaced by Patrick Arlettaz and retired England loosehead prop Perry Freshwater, who'll be the club's new forwards coach.

General manager Christian Lanta, who arrived at the the club in the offseason, remains in place but is joined by Didier Plana, which will be responsible for him "individual performance of players" .

Gethin Jenkins signs contract extension

Cardiff Blues can confirm that Gethin Jenkins has commitment to the region with a contract extension.

The Welsh record cap holder has spent 11 years with Wales’ Capital Region across two stints and has made 173 appearances for the Blues.

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