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England winger Chris Ashton facing Rugby World Cup axe?

A report claims that Bath Rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguni will keep Chris Ashton out of England's Rugby World Cup squad, as Stuart Lancaster announces his latest cull.

Stuart Lancaster will reportedly leave Chris Ashton out of his Rugby World Cup squad at the expense of Semesa Rokoduguni.

Bath Rugby winger Rokoduguni was not a part of England's initial plans at the start of the summer, but he is expected to retain his place in the bloated side.

Boss Lancaster will wield the axe once more on Friday afternoon as he continues to cut down his squad, with the showpiece competition now just a little over a month away.

According to The Telegraph, Matt Mullan, George Kruis, Matt Kvesic, Nick Easter, Lee Dickson, Kyle Eastmond and Marland Yarde will also be among the casualties.

The same report suggests that Billy Twelvetrees and the uncapped Sam Burgess, Henry Slade, Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie will each make the cut for the revised 38-man squad.

England ramp up their World Cup preparations next weekend by taking on France at Twickenham in a late kickoff.

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TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

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· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

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· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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