Tue, Oct 14, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Rugby UnionEngland faces injury woes

England's injury worries were mounting five days before they play South Africa in their pivotal Pool C game with flanker Richard Hill and lock Danny Grewcock joining a trio of scrumhalves on the treatment table. Coach Clive Woodward has already called up inexperienced Martyn Wood as precautionary cover for the No. 9 position after a freak triple injury blow on Sunday. Matt Dawson injured his knee and was withdrawn late in the first half of the 84-6 victory over Georgia, Kyran Bracken was unable to take up his allotted place on bench because of a back problem while Gloucester's Andy Gomarsall, suddenly promoted from third choice to first, played well after replacing Dawson only to turn an ankle in the final minutes. Assistant coach Andy Robinson said yesterday that back-rower Hill, who was replaced by Lewis Moody on Sunday, had strained a hamstring while Grewcock, the only one of seven replacements not to be used, injured a toe warming up.

■ Horse racing

Funny Cide returns to action

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is returning to the races in a big way, in the US$4 million Breeders' Cup Classic in two weeks. Trainer Barclay Tagg announced the surprising change in plans Sunday after the 3-year-old gelding worked a mile over the Belmont training track. "We had discussed the Breeders' Cup and, if we were going to do it, I wanted to get him a work around two turns," Tagg said. He did, and now the popular Funny Cide will head off to Santa Anita for the Classic at the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 25. A few days earlier, Tagg said Funny Cide would run next in the US$250,000 Empire Classic for New York breds next Saturday.

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