In brief: Beauxis boost for incoming Cheika
FRENCH INTERNATIONAL out-half Lionel Beauxis has given incoming coach Michael Cheika the thumbs up by extending his contract with Stade Francais until the next World Cup.
Despite the Parisian club's disastrous season on and off the field, the 25-year-old has decided to stay in the capital after spurning several offers to move elsewhere.
Palu woe puts Rocky in line for No 8 switch
LEINSTER's 2009 Heineken Cup hero Rocky Elsom could be moved to No 8 where he will come into direct combat with former team-mate Jamie Heaslip on this summer's tour.
Yesterday, incumbent Australian No 8 Wycliff Palu was ruled out of this summer's tour match in Brisbane after rupturing his right anterior cruciate ligament in last Saturday's torrid Super 14 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Palu, who just last week re-signed with the Waratahs and Australian Rugby Union for a further two years, underwent scans yesterday which confirmed the extent of the season-ending injury.
Murphy eyes lean times for English
GEORDAN MURPHY has admitted that it will be even harder for English clubs to compete in the Heineken Cup next season.
"It will be just as hard to do well in Europe next year as it has been this year," said Murphy, whose Leicester side remain the only back-to-back winners in the competition's history.
"It is very hard to compete. You have only to look at the French sides and the budgets they have to see the difference.
"Because of that, they can buy a very strong squad of players and that is obviously advantageous in Europe. We are going to have to deal with that and try to do our best to compete."