New Zealander Michael Fatialofa was spending a second night in a London hospital on Sunday after suffering a neck injury playing for Worcester Warriors against Saracens.

The former Hurricanes lock came off the bench in the 50th minute of Worcester's 62-5 defeat in the Premiership, and he suffered the injury almost immediately.

It led to a stoppage of around 15 minutes at Allianz Park to allow Fatialofa to be treated, before he was taken away on a stretcher and transported to hospital.

Worcester said in a statement on Sunday: "Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa will spend a second night in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington where his condition continues to be assessed."

The club added: "We will provide a further update on Michael’s condition when we have one. On behalf of Michael we would like to thank all those who have passed on messages of support and concern."

A short statement from the All Blacks on Sunday said the thoughts of those involved with the New Zealand national team were with Fatialofa.

Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons said on Saturday: "It is a massive concern and I'm worried about it."

He added: "The medics have taken all precautions and done everything possible."

Northampton and England back-rower Tom Wood expressed his worry, writing on Twitter: "Just hearing the news of Michael Fatialofa neck injury. Scary stuff. My thoughts are with him and his family right now. Really hoping it’s not as bad as it sounds and that he improves soon."

Saracens' Brad Barritt, who scored an early try in his team's convincing win, wrote on Saturday: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Fatialofa of @WorcsWarriors wishing you a swift and full recovery."

Rhys Webb will not play for Toulon again this season, according to the club's majority owner Bernard Lemaitre.

Toulon agreed to release Webb from his contract at the end of the campaign so he could move closer to his family in Wales and the following day it was confirmed the scrum-half had signed a deal to join Ospreys.

The switch to the Top 14 in 2018 forced the British and Irish Lion to put his international career on the back burner, but on Friday it was announced his impending return to the Liberty Stadium had earned him special dispensation to represent Wales at the Six Nations.

Webb was left out of Toulon's squad to face Castres on Sunday and Lemaitre said the 31-year-old's "dishonest" attitude meant he would not feature for the team again.

"His family is back in Wales, it's difficult for him. We made huge amounts of time for him to be able to go back and see his family in Wales," Lemaitre told Sud Radio.

"All of a sudden we learn he has already signed for Ospreys and his agent had already negotiated with the Welsh Rugby Union that he can be selected. It's a dishonest attitude.

"It takes us to a situation where I think Rhys Webb will not play in the Toulon shirt again. The adventure will be cut short."

Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints continue to set the pace in the Premiership after the top two in the table both won on Sunday.

Leaders Exeter were coasting to victory away at London Irish when they led 28-7 at the break, four first-half tries securing them a bonus point inside 40 minutes.

Sam Hill touched down for the second time in the game early in the second half to extend the advantage, yet London Irish refused to go away.

The Chiefs had both Olly Woodburn and Ollie Devoto sin-binned, forcing them to play seven minutes with only 13 men, as the Exiles cut the gap to 14 points when Steve Mafi grabbed their fourth try.

Yet Gareth Steenson kicked a 67th-minute penalty following on from his six successful conversion attempts, as Exeter triumphed 45-28.

There were plenty of points – plus a red card – as Northampton prevailed 35-31 at the Ricoh Arena thanks to a late try from Taqele Naiyaravoro.

The visitors were without Tom Collins, dismissed for serious foul play, and the sin-binned Cobus Reinach when they scored in the 78th minute, replacement Naiyaravoro barging his way to the line.

They had led 28-10 early in the second half when Reinach crossed for the second time, yet Wasps hit back with 21 unanswered points, a scoring spree that seemingly put them on course to triumph over 13 men.

However, Northampton overcame their numerical disadvantage to snatch the win, meaning they remain a point behind Exeter.

Super Rugby side the Brumbies have been forced to relocate their training base to Newcastle due to bushfire smoke in Canberra.

Bushfires continue to ravage Australia, where there have been casualties and devastating losses to wildlife due to blazes in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.

With hazardous air quality, the University of Canberra has closed its facilities indefinitely, prompting the Brumbies to temporarily relocate approximately 400km to Newcastle.

"Firstly, our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating events throughout the country," said Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar.

"The small changes we have had to make are nothing in comparison to the distressing position so many people in our region are sadly experiencing at the moment.

"Player welfare is always a priority and temporarily moving to Newcastle will allow us to continue to prepare for our round one match on January 31."

The Brumbies will open their season against the Reds on January 31 at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Lyon were grateful to Xavier Chiocci for a late try as they scraped past Agen, avoiding an upset in Top 14 action on Saturday.

Visitors Lyon are second in the table, with Agen second from bottom, but failed to score in the first half, trailing 12-0 at the break.

Jonathan Pelissie was sent to the sin bin as he conceded an early penalty try, before Andres Zafra Tarazona crossed, and Lyon ended the half with Liam Gill having also seen yellow.

The high-flying away team were still behind heading into the closing stages, despite a pair of Jonathan Wisniewski penalties.

But Chiocci went over in the 75th minute, and Wisniewski kept his nerve with the conversion to seal a tense 13-12 victory.

Lyon still trail Bordeaux Begles, though, after the Top 14 leaders brushed aside Bayonne 22-3.

Bordeaux were in control from the first minute when Jean-Baptiste Dubie scored, and tries followed from Kane Douglas and Remi Lamerat before a scoreless second half.

Jules Plisson had a try, four conversions and three penalties for third-placed La Rochelle in a 44-13 success at Pau.

Racing 92 are back in fourth and beat Clermont Auvergne 27-19, as Teddy Iribaren similarly starred with a try, three conversions and a pair of penalties.

Elsewhere, Thomas Darmon's 75th-minute try meant a late Brive response mattered little, Montpellier winning 29-26.

George North opened the scoring for Ospreys on his return from injury on Saturday, but a dramatic finish saw Dragons come out on top in their Pro14 derby clash.

Wales wing North had been out of action since rupturing his hamstring in the Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to South Africa in October.

He was fit to start and play 79 minutes for struggling Ospreys, yet his eventual departure came amid a thrilling stretch in which Dragons claimed a 25-18 victory.

North dotted down after 19 minutes following Scott Williams' kick and, although Leon Brown responded in style, Ospreys were in control again as Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler scored in the second half.

They remained in front until the 74th minute, but Rio Dyer's try brought Dragons back into the match, and Adam Warren went over with two minutes remaining to settle it.

Defeat leaves Ospreys still bottom of Conference A with just one win in 10 matches.

Fellow strugglers Zebre found some form at home to Cheetahs.

Charlie Walker scored a pair of tries in a 41-13 success, just Zebre's second of the campaign.

At the other end of the table, Leinster equalled their best ever start to a season with a 10th straight win, defeating Connacht 54-7.

Max Deegan and Garry Ringrose each scored twice, with the table-topping Irish province crossing eight times in all in another dominant victory.

Elsewhere, George Horne went over twice and brother Pete also got on the scoresheet as Glasgow Warriors ran in six tries to claim a 38-19 bonus-point win at Benetton.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh took full advantage of Pieter Scholtz's early dismissal to rout Southern Kings 61-13.

Scholtz saw red for contact to the neck in the 13th minute, and Edinburgh, who trailed at that point, scored the first of their nine tries a minute later in a handsome victory.

Relegation-threatened Saracens bounced back from a defeat to Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs with a 62-5 thrashing of Worcester Warriors, while there were also wins for Leicester Tigers and Gloucester on Saturday.

Champions Sarries have now collected more points this season than Exeter, but a 35-point deduction for breaching salary-cap regulations means they remain bottom of the pile and in the red.

However, the beleaguered the London club are making swift progress in their survival bid and scored 10 tries in rout of Worcester at Allianz Park in a week that saw Nigel Wray resign as chairman.

It was one-way traffic from the outset as Ben Earl opened the scoring after six minutes, with the first of Rotimi Segun's first-half double quickly following.

Brad Barritt and Mako Vunipola also went over before the break, and Sarries matched their haul from the first 40 minutes in the second period.

Richard Barrington, Maro Itoje, Duncan Taylor, Jackson Wray and, finally, in the 81st minute, Elliot Daly got on the scoresheet, with Owen Farrell nailing six conversion attempts.

There was a derby win for Gloucester as they put on a late show to beat Bath 29-15 at Kingsholm.

Rhys Priestland's five penalties had visitors Bath in front until just before the hour-mark, but tries from Gerbrandt Grobler and Ruan Ackermann in quick succession set up an ultimately comfortable victory.

Leicester got a much-needed win as they saw off Bristol Bears 31-18, led by England pair George Ford and Jonny May.

Tigers are only kept off the bottom of the table by Sarries, but a strong start set up a precious second victory of the season in the early kick-off.

Bristol-born Ellis Genge England prop went over with just three minutes played, and May and Ford crossed later in a first half that saw two Bears men sent to the sin bin.

Although Bristol battled back early in the second period, May had his second try with six minutes remaining, while Ford dispatched all four conversions and a penalty to leave Leicester 18 points better off than European Champions Sarries.

John Cooney claimed an 18-point haul as Ulster beat Munster 38-17 and the Scarlets edged a derby win over Cardiff Blues to go top of Pro14 Conference B on Friday.

Ulster followed up their 35-3 thumping of Connacht with another commanding performance at Kingspan, outscoring Munster by five tries to two to sit six points behind Conference A leaders Leinster in second place.

Scrum-half Cooney made a statement on a night in which he came up against Ireland's first-choice scrum-half Conor Murray, while it proved to be a miserable first start of the season for fit-again Munster fly-half Joey Carbery.

Shane Daly's try put Munster, beaten by champions Leinster last time out, in front but Cooney and Robert Baloucoune crossed at the other end, both scores converted by Cooney after he was also on target with a penalty.

Carbery's penalty reduced the deficit to 17-10 at the break, but Ulster ran away with it in the second half to maintain their unbeaten home record in the competition this season, Matty Rea, Stuart McCloskey and Jacob Stockdale touching down in a bonus-point triumph.

Gareth Davies scored his 50th Scarlets try as the Welsh region won 16-14 at Cardiff Arms Park to replace Munster at the summit. 

Davies reached the landmark in style in the first half with a stunning solo score and Leigh Halfpenny scored the other points for the visitors from the tee as tries from Owen Lane and Josh Adams proved to be in vain for the Blues.

Sale Sharks started 2020 in sensational fashion with a 48-10 rout of Harlequins at AJ Bell Stadium.

Having been edged out by Bath last time out, Sale returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion in Friday's Premiership encounter, scoring six tries.

Akker van der Merwe, Sam James, Luke James, Rob Webber, Chris Ashton and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all crossed as the Sharks moved up to third in a congested table.

The points spree came after Quins had gone ahead in sensational fashion after five minutes. Marcus Smith hacked clear from near his own line and Gabriel Ibitoye raced onto the ball, kicked on again and sprinted to the line.

That is as good as things got for the visitors, though. Robert du Preez's penalty put Sale on the board and Van der Merwe crossed for the third game in a row after easing past a weak Danny Care tackle.

Sam James was the beneficiary when Sale made the most of a poor Vereniki Goneva offload on the opposition 22 and, although Smith's penalty briefly reduced the gap, Luke James showed great pace for his side's third try on the stroke of half-time.

Joe Marler's sin-binning for a silly push of the forearm into the face of Jean-Luc du Preez did little to slow the Sharks, who went over again when Webber dotted down at the back of a driving maul.

Ashton completed a well-worked team move with nine minutes remaining and Van Rensburg burst through a gap with the clock in the red to complete a dominant win.

Scotland lock Jonny Gray will leave Glasgow Warriors to join Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old forward has signed a two-year deal with the Premiership leaders and will arrive at Sandy Park ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Gray, capped 55 times by Scotland, will follow former Glasgow team-mate and Scotland international Stuart Hogg in making the switch to the Chiefs.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Gray, who joined the Warriors in 2012. "I see the move not only as a chance to experience something new, but at the same time it's a chance for me to develop myself, not only as a player, but as a person.

"Obviously, I've come up against the Chiefs in the past and I know just how tough a side they are and what the set-up is like down in Exeter.

"You can see how well they have done in recent years and at this stage in my career, I just feel it's a great opportunity for me.

"I know I still have a lot to learn as a player, so hopefully the change of club will allow me to add new things to my game."

Leone Nakarawa has agreed to rejoin Glasgow Warriors after he was sacked by Top 14 giants Racing 92.

Fiji forward Nakarawa had his contract terminated with Paris club Racing in December following his late return from the Rugby World Cup.

The 31-year-old, who moved to the French capital from Glasgow in 2016, is set to return to Scotstoun on a deal until the end of the season, subject to being granted a visa and passing a medical.

Nakarawa told the club's official website: "I've remained close with my ex-team-mates during my time in Paris and they played a big role in my decision to come back.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Dave Rennie and the coaching staff. Glasgow Warriors play an attacking style, which suits the way I like to play.

"The pitch may be different but I can't wait to see some familiar faces in the crowd when I run out at Scotstoun."

Warriors head coach Rennie said: "We're rapt to welcome Leone back to Glasgow.

"Everyone knows how dangerous he is with ball in hand and Glasgow supporters have fond memories of his previous exploits in a Warriors jersey.

"Since his move Leone has continued to develop as a player and was named the European Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season. He is close with a lot of the players and we're looking forward to welcoming him back into the squad this week."

Nigel Wray has retired as chairman of European and Premiership champions Saracens.

Wray will step down with immediate effect, two months after the London club were docked 35 Premiership points and fined £5.36million for breaching salary cap regulations.

"As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time for the club to make a fresh start," Wray said.

"I am not getting any younger and feel this is the right moment for me to stand down as chairman and just enjoy being a fan of this incredible rugby club. I will always be committed to the wonderful Saracens family.

"The Wray family will continue to provide the required financial support to the club, and I will remain actively engaged in the work of the Saracens Sport Foundation and Saracens High School, as part of the club's ongoing commitment to our community in north London."

Saracens revealed a new independent chairman will be appointed to replace Wray in the near future.

Edward Griffiths will take up the role of interim chief executive for a year, while Mitesh Velani will take on a consultancy role and remain on the board.

Sarries are bottom of the Premiership table on minus 12 points and were beaten 14-7 in their last game of 2019 at Exeter on Sunday.

The evolving world of sport means a new decade is likely to see widespread change.

With superstars like Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer and Lewis Hamilton unlikely to be plying their trades in 2030, the stage is set for new names to come to the fore.

Omnisport's team of writers have tipped 20 20-year-olds to do just that over the next 10 years.

 

Men's football: Joao Felix

A €126m move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid made Joao Felix the second most expensive teenager in football history. His career in LaLiga is yet to truly ignite but the forward's lavish gifts are beyond doubt as he faces up to the decade when Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the stage for their native Portugal. Joao Felix is the anointed heir.

Basketball: Luka Doncic

The 2018 EuroLeague MVP and 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year, Doncic's incredible rise has continued unchecked this season – he is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists for the Dallas Mavericks. He should earn a first All-Star appearance this season and make his bow in the playoffs, where you would expect to see him featuring regularly in the coming years.

Cricket: Prithvi Shaw

Opening batsman Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test hundred on debut in 2018 and followed that up with a half-century in his second appearance. However, last year was one to forget for Shaw, who had injury problems before serving a six-month doping ban having taken a substance typically found in cough syrups. A first-class double hundred last month suggests he is ready to make up for lost time.

Tennis: Marketa Vondrousova

Although she was unable to win a title on the WTA Tour in 2019, Vondrousova was the runner-up at the French Open – one of three final appearances last year – and having risen to 16th in the world rankings she looks set to break the top 10 soon. The Czech's unorthodox playing style and penchant for drop shots makes her a particularly entertaining watch.

Formula One: Lando Norris

Norris enjoyed an excellent debut season in Formula One, helping McLaren to an impressive fourth place in the constructors' championship. After landing three straight points finishes to end the year, he carries momentum into 2020 and looks capable of challenging Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen over the next 10 years.

UFC: Chase Hooper

Featherweight Hooper was awarded a development deal after winning the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018 and is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. He improved his unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 8-0-1 by stopping David Teymur in the first round of a thoroughly impressive UFC debut in December.

American football: Trevor Lawrence

The NFL is blessed with talented young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, but the potential star of the 2020s will not enter the league until 2021 at the earliest. Clemson's Lawrence possess the size, skill and nerve to succeed at the next level. He is still yet to lose a game in college and is one win away from back-to-back National Championships.

Sport climbing: Janja Garnbret

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and Garnbret is a favourite for success. She successfully defended her bouldering and combined titles at last year's world championships and added gold in the lead discipline. The Slovenian's tally of 14 International Federation of Sport Climbing titles is unprecedented.

Rugby league: Tom Flegler

Front-rower Flegler enjoyed a hugely promising breakthrough year with Brisbane Broncos in 2019, featuring 23 times in his maiden campaign. He has reportedly knocked back a host of lucrative offers to remain with Brisbane in 2020 and will now aim to make an even bigger impact.

Women's football: Georgia Stanway

Vastly experienced for her age, Stanway joined Manchester City from Blackburn Rovers and made her Women's Super League debut at 16 in 2015. She won her second FA Cup with a goalscoring player-of-the-match display as City beat West Ham 3-0 in 2019's Wembley final and was the youngest member of an England squad Phil Neville led to the World Cup semi-finals. If the Lionesses are to take the next step over the coming decade, expect Stanway to play a vital role.

Rugby union: Marcus Smith

Harlequins fly-half Smith is knocking on the door for full England selection after an impressive first two years of his club career. He was man of the match in last July's win over Barbarians, which fans of Eddie Jones' side will hope is a sign of things to come over the next decade.

Golf: Matthew Wolff

The PGA Tour welcomed a host of talented rookies in 2019, but Wolff may just be the best of the bunch. A standout college player with an unorthodox swing that generates enormous power, he won last July's 3M Open in only his third professional start.

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo

After Jorge Lorenzo, the only man to defeat Marc Marquez in a MotoGP world championship, retired, and with Valentino Rossi nearing the end of his career, fans are looking to the next generation. That group looks set to be led by Quartararo, who will ride a factory-spec Yamaha for 2020 after claiming six pole positions and seven podiums in a magnificent rookie season.

Golf: Nasa Hataoka

Already fifth in the women's world rankings, Hataoka has claimed three LPGA Tour titles in the past 18 months, after becoming the first amateur to win a major on the Japan LPGA Tour back in 2016.

Baseball: Vladimir Guerrero Jnr

Guerrero has a lot to live up to but has already shown enough to suggest he may follow his father into baseball's Hall of Fame. Having signed for the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 2015, Guerrero served his time in the minors before making his debut in the Major Leagues last April. He spent the rest of his maiden season displaying the kind of power that has marked him out as a star of the future, hitting .272, mashing 15 home runs and knocking in 69 RBI. By the end of the next decade, his may well be the face of baseball.

Ice Hockey: Quinn Hughes

Hughes, who could not even debut for the Vancouver Canucks until he recovered from an ankle injury in March, is an elite defenseman who also sat top of the rookie assist chart in late December.

Swimming: Michael Andrew

This year is an Olympic one and for the first time since the 1996 Games, Michael Phelps will not be in the pool. The United States needs a new swimming hero, and the hope is that Phelps' namesake can be the next star. Andrew was the youngest US swimmer to ever turn professional when he did so at 14 and, having finished fourth in the 50 metres butterfly at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, he appears primed to be a breakout star in Tokyo.

Tennis: Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov finished 2019 at a career-high ATP ranking of 15th, having won his first title in Stockholm. Expect his threat at the 2020 majors to be very real.

Athletics: Sydney McLaughlin

At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, gold in the 4x400 metres relay followed silver in the 400m hurdles for McLaughlin. Only a Dalilah Muhammad world record was enough to deny her the victory.

Boxing: Joseph Adorno

Currently plying his trade in the lightweight division, Adorno was brought up in Puerto Rico and his thunderous left hook has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cotto – the great four-weight world champion hailing from that boxing-mad island. Promoters Top Rank will look to step up Adorno's level of opposition in 2020, although anyone climbing into the corner opposite a young man boasting a 14-0 record with 12 knockouts should make sure they get well paid.

Rhys Webb will return to Ospreys next season after signing a two-year deal with the Welsh province.

Wales scrum-half Webb swapped Ospreys for Toulon in 2018 but the Top 14 side confirmed on Monday he will be free to leave at the end of the campaign, despite having a contract until 2021.

The 31-year-old's wife and three children moved back to Wales at the start of 2019, making him keen to return earlier than planned.

Webb made 154 appearances and scored 39 tries over a 10-year stint with Ospreys and is excited to be heading back to the Liberty Stadium.

"It's just great to come back where rugby all started for me," said Webb. "I am really looking forward to the challenge and fighting for the Ospreys jersey again.

"I have loved my time in Toulon but it's a relief to come home to the Ospreys, it's where my family are, where I was brought up, and where rugby all started for me.

"To return to play for my home region again is just really special for me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to do that again.

"As I said at the time, nobody turns down Toulon and I wanted to experience something different. 

"I am thankful that they have released me a year early from my contract and I am as excited about returning to the Ospreys as I was at going to France.

"Everybody knows how important my family is to me and being able to return home, especially to the Ospreys is massive for me.

"I just can't wait to pull the jersey on again and to run out in front of my fellow Ospreylians."

News of Webb's return follows confirmation on Monday that head coach Allen Clarke had officially departed the club after being stood down in November.

Rhys Webb will leave Toulon at the end of the season and return to Wales, the Top 14 club have announced.

Wales scrum-half Webb asked to be released from his contract a year early for family reasons – his wife and three children moved back to Wales in January 2019 – and Toulon obliged.

According to reports, the 31-year-old will join the Ospreys or the Dragons for the 2020-21 Pro14 season, something that would enable him to resume his international career.

In a statement posted on Toulon's official website, Webb said: "I would like to thank the club for the welcome and support it has given me since I joined last season.

"It has been and remains an honour to play for this great club. I loved all the time I spent here and I would especially like to thank my team-mates, coaches, supporters and all those who are now like friends and family for life.

"It was difficult for me to be away from my family and my young children. From now on, I am determined to give my best for the club until the end of the season and I hope we will get the victories the club deserves."

Webb has made 26 appearances for Toulon and scored three tries. His last Wales cap came against South Africa in December 2017.

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