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Tuilagi joins Sale with Dubliner Reid set for move to France

Manu Tuilagi has ensured that he will remain firmly in contention for next year’s Lions tour after the England centre joined Sale Sharks.

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Manu Tuilagi has ensured that he will remain firmly in contention for next year’s Lions tour after the England centre joined Sale Sharks.
A week after Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond claimed that the club had not spoken with Tuilagi, who left Leicester Tigers after refusing to take a pay cut, the 29-year-old has linked up with his former club’s Premiership rivals.
Tuilagi has signed for Sale until the end of next season, ensuring he will still be available for international selection, including next summer’s Lions tour to South Africa.
The powerhouse centre was one of several Leicester players, including former Leinster and Ireland back Noel Reid, who left the club in bitter fashion.
Reid is expected to join Top 14 strugglers Agen as the Dubliner looks to revive his career.
Tuilagi will add further firepower to a Sale side who are making huge strides towards becoming Premiership champions.
“We contacted Manu’s agent and Leicester Tigers last week to discuss the player’s current position,” Diamond said.
“After discussions on Friday, all parties – Leicester Tigers, Manu Tuilagi and Sale Sharks – agreed that the player was a free agent and was able to enter into negotiations with another club.
“Manu will be a fantastic commercial and playing addition to our squad and I am looking forward to seeing him join up with the lads at Carrington this week.”
Meanwhile, Georgia are being tipped to be part of an end-of-year eight-team tournament which would include Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy and Fiji.
Previous reports suggested Japan would be included, but due to concerns around travel restrictions Georgia may be favoured instead.
World Rugby are still working to finalise fixtures for the remainder of the year with Ireland expected to complete this year’s Six Nations with games against Italy and France over the last two weekends in October before a potential one-off tournament, which would replace the November Tests.
Elsewhere, Leinster are currently on a two-week break, but Connacht, Munster and Ulster are continuing their preparations ahead of the PRO14 restart on the weekend of August 22 – the fixtures for which are due to announced soon.
Irish Independent

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Finding Freedom: Meghan Markle was trained to curtsy and survive kidnapping, new book claims

She was also taught how to develop a relationship with an enemy in a hostage situation, claims new book

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Prior to her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was trained in everything from curtsying to surviving a kidnap and hostage situation, a new book claims.
Royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, co-authored the book Finding Freedom, based on interviews with over 100 royal sources. But a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told The Independent the couple were not involved in the book, which details their relationship and royal life.
In November 2017 – following their eng…

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Flattening SAP Dimension Hierarchy using a Table Function

In this blog, I will go through an approach of utilizing SAP Hierarchies in Visualization tools like Power BI, Tableau, and so on. To exploit the SAP Dimension Hierarchies, maintained in a parent-child structure for

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In this blog, I will go through an approach of utilizing SAP Hierarchies in Visualization tools like Power BI, Tableau, and so on. To exploit the SAP Dimension Hierarchies, maintained in a parent-child structure for Visualizations, we first need to flatten these hierarchies. A common parent-child hierarchy is the Country dimension hierarchy.
SAP BPC Country Hierarchy:
ALLCOUNTRY : All Countries
AMERICAS : Americas
LTAM : Latin America
CU : Cuba
PA : Panama
NRAM : North America
CA : Canad…

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The countries exempt from England’s travel quarantine – full list

Holidaymakers will be able to find summer sun – but some destinations are still off-limits

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  • The Government reimposed restrictions on travel from Spain, including its islands, on Saturday 25 July following new outbreaks of coronavirus

English travellers will be free to take their much-longed-for summer holidays without facing a 14-day quarantine under plans announced on Friday 3 July by the Government.
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has published a list of countries where the Government has abandoned its quarantine policy.  They are:
Germany
New Zealand
Antigu…

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