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From the back pages, February 2: Let’s make history: Chris Robshaw issues rallying cry ahead of Calcutta Cup clash

Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

England skipper Chris Robshaw issued a rallying cry to his England teammates, challenging them to carve out another piece of Calcutta Cup history when they host Scotland in today’s RBS 6 Nations opener. (The Mirror)

One last blast: Mario Balotelli moans about the food, the traffic and the weather in Manchester, but admits he will miss the best league in the world and the fans. (Daily Mail)

With all eyes Stateside on the build-up to Super Bowl Sunday, a group of brave cheerleaders crossed the pond to take on wet and windy London. As you would expect, SunSport jumped at the chance to have 10 stunning members of the Jacksonville Jaguars dance troupe drop into the office to shake their pompoms. (The Sun)

Peter Odemwingie was today sent home from training by West Bromwich Albion as the fallout continued from his failed attempt to join Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day. The striker, 31, reported for training this morning but instead walked straight into talks with the club hierarchy as they sought to repair the damage of his last-ditch bid to force through a move to the Barclays Premier League’s bottom club. (The Times)

There was a good deal for Rob Howley to address today, after naming the home starting XV for the opening 2013 Six Nations fixture in Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime: the reinstallation of the 2009 Lions front row now that Adam Jones is back in one piece; the selection of the uncapped Andrew Coombs, a former software salesman and until recently flanker, to plug one of the second-row gaps; the vote in confidence in the captain, Sam Warburton, who retains the open-side flanker jersey ahead of the in-form Justin Tipuric. (The Independent)

David Sullivan, West Ham’s co-owner, claimed last night that he and one of the club’s players had been threatened with “physical violence” by an agent during the January transfer window. (The Telegraph)

Arsène Wenger has revealed that Kieran Gibbs’s injury setback made it imperative for Arsenal to sign the Spain full-back Nacho Monreal from Málaga on transfer deadline day. (The Guardian)

England will face destructive batsman Ross Taylor in both their forthcoming Twenty20 and one-day international series against New Zealand. Former Kiwi captain Taylor returns as expected to the squads after apparently re-establishing a working relationship with Black Caps coach Mike Hesson. (The Express)

 

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