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NIK SIMON’S PROFIT LINE: Chris Ashton’s playing career called into question after the raid

NIK SIMON’S GAIN LINE: Chris Ashton’s playing career is in doubt as his deal with Worcester could be terminated after just three games following management break

  • Chris Ashton’s deal with Worcester could be terminated after just three games
  • The 34-year-old had an affair with the management of his last club
  • England have loaned Tonga two staff members before the match at Twickenham


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Chris Ashton’s playing career is in doubt after the former England winger suffered a setback with the management of his last club, Worcester.

Legal proceedings are underway and the 34-year-old’s contract with the Warriors could be terminated after just three games for the struggling club.

The former Northampton, Saracens and Toulon player who scored 100 points in a 44-game international career, has struggled to establish himself recently, having played for Sale, Harlequins and Worcester the past 18 months.

Chris Ashton's playing career is in doubt after a fight with management in Worcester

Chris Ashton’s playing career is in doubt after a fight with management in Worcester

The 34-year-old's contract could be terminated after just three games with the club

The 34-year-old's contract could be terminated after just three games with the club

The 34-year-old’s contract could be terminated after just three games with the club

Worcester has lost five games in a row and there will likely be changes at the top if results don’t improve, with rugby director Alan Solomons out of contract next summer.

England lends Tonga two employees

England have offered a helping hand to Tonga by lending two staff members ahead of next week’s game at Twickenham. Under-20s analyst Tom Mitchell and operations manager Alice Sheffield have joined the touring team.

Tonga received a chartered flight for Sunday’s trip from Edinburgh to London to minimize the risk of Covid transmission.

The legal eagle flies to help Erasmus

Rassie Erasmus’ lawyer joined the South African bubble at the team’s Paris hotel this weekend for the rugby director’s disciplinary hearing. Erasmus was accused of misconduct by World Rugby after his video speech after the first Test of the Lions.

Frikkie Erasmus (no relative) flew in from South Africa for the remote audience, which is at its midpoint after the disciplinary panel worked overnight due to time differences yesterday.

Two panelists, Nigel Hampton QC and Judge Mike Mika, are based in New Zealand, where the trial ran into the morning.

Rassie Erasmus' lawyer joined the South African bubble at the team's hotel in Paris this weekend

Rassie Erasmus' lawyer joined the South African bubble at the team's hotel in Paris this weekend

Rassie Erasmus’ lawyer joined the South African bubble at the team’s hotel in Paris this weekend

Louis Rees-Zammit’s brother debuts with Malta

Louis Rees-Zammit’s older brother made his international debut yesterday, with Malta. Taylor Rees-Zammit, 25, plays for amateur club Llandaff. He qualified for Malta through a grandfather and started as a wide winger against Slovenia at Oval Ljubljana.

Well hi Dolly!

Tom Curry reunited with his old roommate Nic Dolly during this week’s England camp in Jersey. Hooker Dolly used to stay in Curry’s spare room in Manchester, where they were teammates in Sale.

Dolly was eventually released by the club, but has since enjoyed a notable rise through Coventry and Leicester. Curry said, “I was living with my brother and it’s very special to see a journey like that come to fruition.”

Tom Curry (pictured) reunited with his old housemate Nic Dolly at camp in England this week.

Tom Curry (pictured) reunited with his old housemate Nic Dolly at camp in England this week.

Dolly used to stay in Curry's spare room in Manchester when they were teammates at Sale.

Dolly used to stay in Curry's spare room in Manchester when they were teammates at Sale.

Tom Curry (left) met up with his old housemate Nic Dolly (right) at camp in England this week.

James O’Connor lined up for Barbarians

Wallabies playmaker James O’Connor will line up to replace Quade Cooper on the Barbarians team next month.

The guest side announced Cooper prematurely, before No.10 decided to stay in Japan rather than join Australia’s European tour.

James O'Connor lines up to replace Quade Cooper on Barbarians team

James O'Connor lines up to replace Quade Cooper on Barbarians team

James O’Connor lines up to replace Quade Cooper on Barbarians team

Evans is back on the run

One unintended consequence of the Harlequins scrapping captain’s careers was that coach Nick Evans was able to travel to Wales on Saturday to be part of a panel of television experts.

Evans returned to London in time for Sunday’s derby against the Saracens.

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