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Cipriani 'given special treatment'

Facing the music: Danny Cipriani.

A lawyer acting on behalf of the former Melbourne Rebels player suggested that an officer told him that police would "take care" of him, and allowed him to sit outside for 40 to 50 minutes while waiting to be breathalysed.

Watson escapes with two-week ban

Clear: Anthony Watson scores against France in the Six Nations Championship.

Anthony Watson, the Bath wing, is available for his club's end-of-season run-in as well the England tour to Australia in June after being suspended for just two weeks following a Rugby Football Union judicial hearing in Bristol.

Burgess approached England Rugby first

Cross-coder: Sam Burgess hands off Tuapati Talemaitoga of Fiji during the World Cup.

He was the biggest name in rugby league when he decided to switch codes, but there was no poaching of Sam Burgess by England Rugby. That's the view of former head coach Stuart Lancaster, who oversaw England's ill-fated campaign at last year's Rugby World Cup.