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The week that was

The week that was

RUGBY NEWS looks back on some of the stories which made headlines during the week that was April 2-8.

HENSON SACKED

Former Wales midfielder Gavin Henson is sacked by his Cardiff Blues team following a drunken incident on a flight from Glasgow to the Welsh capital.

An intoxicated Henson threw ice cubes at passengers in the cabin.

TIETJENS RE-SIGNS

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens re-signs with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2016, meaning he will mentor the side at Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

BORIC FACING SURGERY

Injured Blues lock Anthony Boric might have to go under the knife to fix his damaged neck.

Boric has a bulging disk in his neck and has been told to rest until Super Rugby takes a break at the end of May. Medical staff will then re-evaluate his injury and if he is still struggling, he will have surgery.

REBELS DENY POCOCK RUMOURS

The Melbourne Rebels deny a newspaper report which says they’re the front-runners to secure David Pocock’s signature for the 2013 season, with chief executive Steven Boland calling it “nonsense”.

HUGE PROFIT FOR QRU

The Queensland Rugby Union announces it has paid off its Australian Rugby Union load ahead of schedule after recording a surplus of A$2 million.

AIRONI TO WITHDRAW

RaboDirect Pro 12 strugglers Aironi confirm it will not take part in the competition next season due to financial reasons. The Italian side is unable to service debt of around €4 million.

THOMPSON APPOINTED SAMOA COACH

Former Australia A mentor Adrian Thompson is named Manu Samoa’s new coach. He will be assisted by Samoa sevens coach Stephen Betham.

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