Sportsday - Monday, 3 December

As it happened

In summary

  • 2015 Rugby World Cup draw made
  • England, Wales & Australia in same group
  • Scotland in same group as South Africa
  • Ireland, France & Italy drawn together
  • Ponting makes eight in final Test innings
  • Finn fit for third India-England Test
  1. 1900

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  2. 1855

    Former world number one Mark Williams takes on Mark King while Ricky Walden goes up against Luca Brecel in the evening's UK Championship first round matches. They begin at 1900 GMT with live video online and BBC TV.

  3. 1851

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has responded to Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo criticism in the wake of the Brazilian Grand Prix controversy.

    Ecclestone called Ferrari's request for clarification on whether world champion Sebastian Vettel had overtaken illegally "a joke" to which Di Montezemolo replied: "We must respect the elderly, especially when they can no longer control their words."

    In response, Ecclestone told BBC Sport: "The one thing he is correct about is my age - there is no doubt about that. I can't do anything about that. I'm 82 years old and that's how it is."

  4. 1846

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rejected claims assistant manager Steve Bould led a heated dressing inquest following Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Swansea.

    The Gunners have made their worst start to a reason since 1994 and Bould reportedly questioned the squad's commitment and responsibility.

    But Wenger said: "That is not true at all. There's nothing more irritating than superficial information nowadays.

  5. 1840

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    Jon Vaughan on Twitter: (external) "Group A is going to be a tense one for England fans, would not want to be the manager of the team that goes out."

    Hugo Bench on Twitter: (external) "For England it's a tough pool, but to win a World Cup you have to win the big games and with experience I think this team can."

    Mo Nsubuga on Twitter: (external) "I know Wales's plan, play rubbish in the autumns, get relegated and get drawn in the group of death. Then win the World Cup!"

    Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  7. 1830

    The Welsh Rugby Union have launched an audacious bid to stage their 2015 World Cup pool matches against host nation England and Australia at the Millennium Stadium. WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said: "It is very important to remember that Wales was included in the England's bid for matches in the Millennium Stadium."

  8. 1826

    Utah officials plan to make another bid to hold the Winter Olympics, reports the Associated Press. Salt Lake City held the Games in 2002, with officials saying they could capitalise on infrastructure left in place from those Games.

  9. 1821

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says David Silva will miss tomorrow's Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund because of a hamstring injury. "We don't know if he can recover for the derby (against Manchester United on Sunday)," said Mancini. "We will try."

  10. 1812

    Frankie Dettori faces a ban from racing when French stewards meet on Tuesday to discuss his failed drugs test. The jockey, 41, tested positive for a banned substance at Longchamp racecourse on 16 September.

    He has been suspended pending a hearing by French racing authority France Galop, which intends to make a statement on Wednesday. Dettori is not expected to be present at the disciplinary hearing on Tuesday morning.

  11. 1802

    Matthew Stevens beat Dominic Dale 6-1 while Neil Robertson beat Tom Ford by the same score-line in the afternoon's UK Championship first round matches.

    This evening, former world number one Mark Williams takes on Mark King while Ricky Walden goes up against Luca Brecel. Those two first round matches begin at 1900 with live video online and BBC TV.

  12. 1755

    Newcastle host Wigan in tonight's Premier League game. Kick-off is at 2000 GMT with live text commentary starting at 1900.

  13. 1749

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed David Silva will miss the club's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund tomorrow and is a doubt for the Premier League derby against Manchester United on Sunday.

  14. 1745

    Britain's Rob Huff, who won the World Touring Car Championship for Chevrolet last month has been given the British Racing Drivers Club's (BRDC) premier annual award - the Gold Star - for his performance.

  15. 1741

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been named International Rugby Board's player of the year for a second time. The All Blacks, who were unbeaten in 20 Tests before Saturday's loss to England, were named team of the year.

  16. 1736

    Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies tells BBC Sport that it was a "tough" Rugby World Cup draw for Wales "but after they dropped out of the top eight, it was always going to happen."

    "I don't think Australia and England will be too chuffed with Wales being in their group," he said.

    "Of the three teams though, England will be happier because to play the other teams at home is a huge advantage at a World Cup. And whoever wins the group will probably play Samoa or Scotland in the quarter-finals, as I would expect South Africa to win Pool B."


    Andrew White on Twitter: (external) "From my point of view, we (Scotland) have got a pretty good pool, for us. Again hoping for second place in pool..."

    Thomas Bale on Twitter: (external)"Group A certainly the Group of Death. Will prove whether England have the strength of character to win the World Cup again."

    Liam Benstead on Twitter: (external) "Great group for Ireland! Possibility of them to topping that and getting an 'easier' quarter final."

    Have your say on the Rugby World Cup draw using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  18. 1730

    Uefa have increased Malta defender Kevin Sammut's match-fixing ban from 10 years to life. The player was found guilty of match-fixing over the Euro 2008 qualifier between Norway and Malta, a game his country lost 4-0.

  19. 1725

    Former England centre Jeremy Guscott tells BBC Sport that the Rugby World Cup draw "could have been easier" for England.

    "Whichever group Wales landed in was going to make it harder, and it certainly makes things harder for England and Australia. But it is three years away and what is happening now won't necessarily affect what is going to happen in 2015.

    "There's no need to panic or worry. Let's not forget England will be at home, and they are a difficult side to beat at home. Everyone else would have wanted to avoid England because it is effectively an away game for them.

    "It certainly whets the appetite for what is going to be a great World Cup in England."

  20. 1720

    Leicester Tigers have suspended back-rower Brett Deacon for one week following an internal disciplinary hearing.

    Tigers officials reviewed the incident in which Deacon was sent off during their victory over Bath at the weekend and found him guilty of striking an opponent.

    Deacon will miss the Heineken Cup round three match against Benetton Treviso this weekend as a result.

  21. 1715

    World 200m butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy has announced she is to switch allegiance and compete for Australia.

    The Bromley-born swimmer moved to Australia with her family when she was 16 because of her father's job at Melbourne airport but had continued to represent Great Britain, winning medals at world, European and Commonwealth level.

    Gandy had been expected to challenge for a place on the podium in London but she crashed out in 17th after the heats.

  22. 1710

    David Sparkes, chief executive of British Swimming, said that he was "depressed" with the team's performance in the pool in London.

    "It was unbelievable and the depression was only lifted when I saw was our Paralympic swimmers came in and did," he said.

    "There's no question it should have been better and nobody is more disappointed than me. There are huge questions to answer but that's what I believe the review has done."

  23. 1705

    Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has criticised British Swimming for the delay in naming a new head coach, calling the situation an "absolute mess". Adlington said: "Why is it taking so long? We've been dying for them to appoint a head coach for months."

  24. 1700

    Mercedes boss Ross Brawn is hopeful he can prove Lewis Hamilton wrong and give the Briton a car that is capable of fighting for victories in 2013, Turkey hopeful of return to F1 calendar and a spoof video of Kimi Raikkonen's off-road excursion during the Brazilian Grand Prix are just some of the stories in today's F1 gossip column.

  25. 1653

    Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil has been named trainer of the year at the Horseracing Writers and Photographers' Association annual awards. Richard Hughes won the leading jockey award while the BBC's Clare Balding was voted the top racing broadcaster and the president's award went to BBC Racing.

  26. 1651

    Wales captain Sam Warburton on being drawn in the same group as England and Australia: "We had a group of death in the last World Cup so we are used to the situation. It's a fascinating pool. Wales against Australia has always been a good game.

    "As for England v Wales, there is enough rivalry there without it being the World Cup. From a players' point of view we are guaranteed to play in front of a packed house against England which is really exciting."


    It might be three years away, but the draw for the Rugby World Cup 2015 has been made and you are giving us your reaction. Keep your views coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday (external)

    Nigel Sander on Twitter: (external) "Tough draw for England with Wales & Australia. But why make draw so far in advance? At least wait until we know whose qualified."

    Ben Pett on Twitter: (external) "Really tough group for England, but is there any reason why the draw needs to be made 3 years before the tournament begins?"

    Kevin Lynch on Twitter: (external) "For Oceania 1 can we read Fiji? So we have Australia, England, Wales, Fiji."

  28. 1632

    Hoffenheim have parted company with coach Markus Babbel following the German club's a 4-1 defeat at home on Sunday against Werder Bremen.

    Babbel is second Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season after VfL Wolfsburg sacked Felix Magath last month. Hoffenheim are 16th in the Bundesliga with three wins from 15 matches.

  29. 1629

    Former world champion and current Masters champion Neil Robertson overcomes Tom Ford 6-1 to progress to the second round of the UK Championship.

    "Practice has been going very well and I've got a good record against Tom," said Robertson. "When I have played him previously I think it's been 6-0 and 6-1 and I knew if I could get on top of him early on then it would be tough for him.

    "There are still some great players left in the tournament. But for me, it would be fantastic to hold the Masters and win the UK, that would be a special feeling. I have the opportunity to do that and to win all three in a short space of time would be great."

  30. 1621

    ParalympicsGB chief executive Tim Hollingsworth tells BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson that the British team will face increased challenges for medals in Rio in 2016. The team secured 120 medals at London 2012, including 34 golds, finishing third behind China and Russia in the standings.

    But Hollingsworth said that it will be even more competitive in Rio. "We know we have a huge job to retain our place in world sport," he said. "In London it was very competitive with the top six nations all winning over 30 gold medals. It won't be easy to keep our place but we are determined to do it and try to make the nation proud"

  31. 1617

    Manchester City travel to Germany for their final Champions League group game with Borussia Dortmund without midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast international is suspended while defender Aleksandar Kolarov joined the injury list after limping off in the 1-1- draw with Everton on Saturday.

    Fellow left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) will not be risked before next Sunday's derby against Manchester United but midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) has been training. Right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out and centre-back Kolo Toure is ineligible.

    City cannot advance to the knockout stages but can still qualify for a Europa League place.

  32. 1612

    Other refereeing appointments for Premier League matches next weekend:

    8 December: Sunderland v Chelsea - Mark Halsey; Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Mike Jones; Southampton v Reading - Jon Moss; Swansea v Norwich - Howard Webb; Wigan v Queens Park Rangers - Phil Dowd; Aston Villa v Stoke - Roger East.

    9 December: Everton v Tottenham - Kevin Friend; West Ham v Liverpool - Lee Probert.

  33. 1605

    Referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of Manchester City and Manchester United on 9 December, the Premier League announce.

  34. 1602

    ParalympicsGB chief executive Tim Hollingsworth tells BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson that he believes that the association's Sports Fest will help be a springboard to future success.

    "We are seeing now exactly what we hoped to see post London 2012 which is a fantastic amount of inspiration from those incredible 12 days of sport," he said.

    "We have said we shouldn't think of the legacy of London 2012 for Paralympic sport because we are not there yet and we are not where we want to be. We are a growing movement and the momentum out of London has been magnificent and today is one example of how we can bring it to life."


    Josh Murray on Twitter: (external) "England's pool a great one for the neutral. Wouldn't be surprised if Australia don't qualify from that pool."

    Fraser MacLeod on Twitter: (external) "Great draw for Scotland. Couldn't have got much better than that."

    David Lloyd-Williams on Twitter: (external) "Just seen the Rugby World Cup draw. I feel sick looking at Group A. Whatever happens, it should make a cracking tournament."

    Let us know your thoughts on the Rugby World Cup 2015 draw using the hashtag #bbcsportsday (external)

  36. 1543

    England, crowned 2003 world champions after they beat Australia in a gripping final, have never previously been drawn in the same World Cup group as Wales. Their last World Cup meeting was during the 2003 tournament in Brisbane, when England trailed at half-time before securing a tense quarter-final win.

    The last time England and Australia found themselves in the same pool was at the inaugural World Cup 25 years ago. Wales, World Cup semi-finalists last year, have paid a price for dropping to ninth in the International Rugby Board rankings following autumn defeats against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.


    So the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has been made with England, Wales and Australia drawn together in a potential 'group of death'. Do Scotland have any chance against South Africa? Can Ireland advance from Pool D against France and Italy? Let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday. (external)

  38. 1535

    More from England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "It is unbelievably exciting. Twelve months ago I went out to New Zealand for two weeks and got a little sample of what it is like and the impact on that country.

    "We have seen what the Olympic Games did for our country and the next big sporting event is the 2015 Rugby World Cup. By that time everybody is going to be revved up and it's going to be a big party."

  39. 1533

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster on England's Rugby World Cup 2015 pool draw: "It is definitely a pretty tough pool. To win the World Cup you have to win big games and I have got a huge amount of respect for what Wales have done recently.

    "We know their squad pretty well, it is a young side and a lot of them will still be around in 2015. Australia have just beaten us and if you look at the age and profile of their squad, they have got some young lads as well. We will look forward to it."

  40. 1522

    Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, play-off winner.

    Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2.

    Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1.

    Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2.

  41. 1519

    England have been drawn with Australia, Wales and two qualifiers yet to be confirmed (Oceania 1 and play-off winner) in pool A of the World Cup.

  42. 1518

    Ireland are drawn with Italy and France in Pool D, while Tonga, Argentina and New Zealand will contest Pool C.

  43. 1515

    Scotland are drawn in Pool B along with South Africa and Samoa.

  44. 1513

    England are drawn in Pool A along with Wales.

  45. 1512

    There are a number of Premier League and Championship football grounds in the running to host matches during the tournament.

    Manchester United's Old Trafford, Sunderland's Stadium of Light and Southampton's St Mary's Stadium could all be used along with Bristol City's Ashton Gate and Derby's Pride Park.

  46. 1506

    Tournament fact: Scotland have been drawn in the same pool as Romania at the last two Rugby World Cups, but have never met Australia, Samoa or USA at this stage of the tournament.

  47. 1503

    The opening speeches are under way ahead of the draw. Andy Cosslett, chairman of England Rugby 2015, has just addressed the audience at the Tate Modern gallery, which includes London mayor Boris Johnson.