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Gregan axed as captain

GEORGE GREGAN did his best to hide his disappointment after being dumped as Australia's captain yesterday.

The 34-year-old scrum-half held his place in the squad but the selectors named two co-skippers in Stirling Mortlock and Phil Waugh.

"It's great for both Phil and Stirling to increase the leadership right throughout the group," said Gregan.

Welsh wait for the cavalry
WALES have delayed naming their team to play Australia in next week's first test by 48 hours while they wait for reinforcements.

The Welsh were to announce their team today but released a statement yesterday saying the selection had been put back by two days due to the late arrival of Colin Charvis, Michael Owen, Ceri Sweeney, Jamie Corsi and Andy Williams. Wales have been heavily criticised by sections of the Australian media after leaving 18 top players behind, the teams meet in Sydney on May 26 and in Brisbane a week later.

Hero Habana takes his chance
BULLS' match-winning hero Bryan Habana has paid tribute to his team's 15-man effort to help get him over the try-line and record a famous 20-19 victory over the Sharks in the Super 14 Final in Durban.

With the hooter seeming to sound the end of the Bulls' hopes, the winger used his devastating pace to beat the defence and scoot over with Derick Hougaard kicking the winning conversion.

"I think the Sharks were more concerned that I would score in the corner, which led to the gaps opening up for me. The guys were great and it was a matter of taking your chances when you saw them, and I did just that."

Barnes furious after Bath loss
BATH captain David Barnes has launched a stinging attack on the club's officials in the wake of their 22-16 loss to Clemont Auvergne in the European Challenge Cup final at the Stoop which cost them a place in next season's Heineken Cup. Bath won an incredible 16 trophies between 1984 and 1996 but nothing since they won the European Cup in 1998.

"Bath haven't won a trophy since 1998 and that is not acceptable," said Barnes.

"The management have to wake up and we need to start a recruitment policy at Bath. Currently, we don't have a fly-half or a scrum-half coming here next year. You have to ask questions. I think (chairman) Andrew Brownsword is ambitious but something is going wrong."