Hopley backs selection process

RUGBY UNION: The boss of the Rugby Players Association has given a cautious endorsement of England’s plans not to select overseas-based players after next year’s World Cup in New Zealand. Chief executive Damian Hopley said the proposals are “heavy-handed” but admitted: “If this is what it takes to get the best results from England at the 2015 World Cup, then that’s the price players will have to pay.”