Tonight’s rugby news as sick Rees-Zammit pulled and England icon in talks to join Wales stars

Tonight’s rugby news as sick Rees-Zammit pulled and England icon in talks to join Wales stars

Your rugby evening headlines on Sunday, January 7.

Louis Rees-Zammit ruled out of Premiership game

Louis Rees-Zammit was ruled out of Gloucester’s match against Bath just one hour before kick-off.

Rees-Zammit was initially named on the replacements bench, with Jonny May and Ollie Thorley occupying the wing position in the starting XV on Sunday. But it was confirmed shortly before the match he would play no part because he was too unwell.

Italy international Stephen Varney, who was born in Wales, and young Welsh star Max Llewelyn were on the bench. Fly-half Lloyd Evans took Rees-Zammit’s place in the 23. Get the latest rugby news sent straight to your inbox for free with our daily newsletter.

Lawes to join George North?

England veteran Courtney Lawes is in talks to join George North and Tomas Francis in Provence next season, according to reports in the French media.

Rugbyrama broke the news on Sunday, following earlier reports Racing 92 and Toulon are also interested. However, it is the news that PRO D2 side Provence are making headway that is most eye-catching.

The French club have huge financial resources and are determined to get promoted to the Top 14 and become a major force in French rugby.

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