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Gopperth could be bad news for Goode

RUGBY: Dai Young has admitted Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth could replace Andy Goode as Wasps' frontline fly-half next season.

Rugby director Young confirmed Wasps are in talks with Gopperth, and expects his recruitment drive to be complete by the end of January.

Young is targeting five players as Wasps build on their move to Coventry's Ricoh Arena, with "prize asset" Joe Launchbury already tied to a new deal.

Goode remains in negotiations over a new Wasps contract, but the 34-year-old's chances could be limited with Scotland's Ruaridh Jackson still to return from long-term knee trouble.

The Coventry-born goal-kicker set a new individual Premiership points record of 33 in Wasps' debut at his hometown Ricoh Arena in Sunday's 48-16 victory over London Irish, but is now fighting for his future.

"Absolutely Jimmy Gopperth is in the mix," said Young.

"There are a number of high-profile 10s that are available this year, and that's all part of the bigger picture.

"We're hoping to be able to resolve that over the next few weeks."

Kazarin to sue documentary maker

ATHLETICS: Vladimir Kazarin, the coach at the centre of a German TV documentary which made claims of widespread doping in Russian sport, says he is suing the programme maker Hajo Seppelt.

Kazarin is also filing lawsuits against Russian middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova and her husband Vitaly Stepanov, a former Russian Anti-Doping Agency official whose claims were at the centre of the programme's claims.

Stepanova, a former 800 metres world championship finalist under her maiden name Rusanova, is currently serving a two-year doping ban.

She and her husband have now gone into hiding after making claims of widespread and systematic doping, cover-ups and payoffs, particularly in athletics, all of which were denied by Russian officials.

"Together with the Russian athletics federation, we will be filing law suits against Yulia Stepanova, her husband Vitaly as well as against the director of the film Hajo Seppelt," confirmed the 62-year-old Kazarin.

"This documentary came about due to clever editing. I did not give anyone banned substances.

"It is a really strange situation: Yulia was disqualified for doping offences and at the same time says she wants the sport to be clean," he added.


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