A Week of Sport #7 – 18 January 2016

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England seal Test Series victory over South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 16: Stuart Broad of England celebrates taking the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa during day three of the 3rd Test at Wanderers Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

An outstanding spell by bowler Stuart Broad inspired England to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the Third Test to claim the Series over the world’s number one ranked side. South Africa were bowled out in their final innings for 83 with Broad taking 6­–17. With this incredible performance, Broad also became the number one bowler in the world.

David Haye returns to the ring with a knockout victory

JANUARY 16: David Haye of England celebrates after beating Mark De Mori of Australia during their International heavyweight contest at The O2 Arena on January 16, 2016 in London, England.

After a three and a half year absence from the sport, David Haye returned to the ring on Saturday and won. His opponent, Mark De Mori, looked to be in trouble after Haye landed his first jab and Haye made the knock out hit with 49 seconds left in the first round. The victory fuels speculation of a fight with either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

Eddie Jones announces his first England squad

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Eddie Jones (C), Head Coach of England is pictured with Steve Borthwick (L), England Forwards Coach and Paul Gustard, England Defence Coach during the England Senior Elite Player Squad announcement at Twickenham Stadium on January 13, 2016 in London, England

On Wednesday, Eddie Jones named his first EPS squad for the upcoming RBS 6 Nations (starting on 6 February). Included were seven uncapped players: Sam Hill, Paul Hill, Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto and Josh Beaumont. The full squad is as follows:

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Bath; injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi, Leicester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Sam Hill (Exeter; injury replacement for Henry Slade, Exeter) Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Danny Care (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester), Paul Hill (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Bath; injury replacement for Kieran Brookes, Northampton), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley, Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Josh Beaumont (Sale), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), James Haskell (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester; injury replacement for Dave Ewers, Exeter), Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Leicester Tigers and Saracens book places in the Champions Cup quarter-finals

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Manusamoa Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers in action during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso at Welford Road on January 16, 2016 in Leicester, England.

The Tigers and Saracens secured their places in the Champions Cup Quarter-finals a week before the end of the group stages. In doing so, they are both guaranteed a home match in the next round. Leicester beat Benetton Treviso 47–7 on Saturday and Saracens won 33–17 against Ulster. The Quarter-finals are scheduled for the weekend of 8/9/10 April.

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