first_imgSaracens Read more Exeter Share on Messenger Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Calendar shift may leave rugby union in battle for sporting spotlight Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Premiership Leicestercenter_img Barritt was forced off in the first half of the semi-final win against Gloucester but his hamstring problem is not as bad as initially feared. “His scan on Monday was a little bit better than we thought it would be,” McCall said.“He does have a chance and we want to give him until the end of the week. He’ll be tested on Thursday to see where he’s at and we might have to wait until we warm up on Saturday to see how it is.”McCall also anticipates the club’s giant-sized lock Will Skelton will feature for Australia in the World Cup this autumn despite the regulation that prohibits overseas-based Wallabies with fewer than 60 caps from representing their country.“There hasn’t been contact but I think there will be,” McCall said, confirming Saracens would be prepared to release Skelton from his recently agreed two-year contract if necessary.“We want our players to play in the World Cup but I think for that to happen he probably has to sign longer term in Australia. It is not what we want but if that is what Will decides, that’s what he decides. He is keen to play in the World Cup but he is keen to play for Saracens, which is quite a complex situation.”The news will not necessarily delight Wales, who share a pool with Australia in Japan, and Skelton’s teammate Maro Itoje says all potential opponents should be wary.“He’s turned into an absolute monster. When I see him hit people I am happy he is on my side at Saracens rather than the opposition. But if he is playing for the Wallabies then unfortunately he will have to get chopped down like the rest of them.”The Leicester coach, Geordan Murphy, has been banned from matchday coaching duties for his club’s first three games of next season, ordered to pay £1,500 to charity and instructed to write an open letter of apology to his players for verbally abusing a match official following the Tigers’ final league game against Bath earlier this month. Support The Guardian Share via Email Rugby union news Reuse this content Topics Saracens remain hopeful their injured captain, Brad Barritt, could be fit for the Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham on Saturday. It had been widely assumed Barritt’s hamstring would rule him out but the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, said there was still a chance of the influential centre being involved. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApplast_img

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