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Preview: Cardiff Blues v Treviso

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Blues debut: Joaquin Tuculet

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Ramsey backs under-fire Wenger

Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal’s players are completely behind manager Arsene Wenger, despite recent criticism of the Frenchman.

Arsenal have lost back-to-back Premier League matches against Swansea City and Manchester United, and threw away a three-goal lead as they drew with Anderlecht last time out in the UEFA Champions League.

Wenger was openly criticised by billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov on Tuesday, but Ramsey says the 65-year-old has the full backing of the dressing room.

“With what he’s done for this club and for us as a group of players, every time we go in we want to work for him and get results for him,” Ramsey told Sky Sports News.

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Sporting Lisbon 3 Maribor 1: Slimani helps fire hosts into second place

Sporting Lisbon went second in UEFA Champions League Group G by beating Maribor 3-1 on Tuesday in a game that was delayed by a power cut.

Sporting raced into an early lead through Carlos Mane inside the opening 10 minutes, and when Nani doubled their lead they looked to be on course for an easy victory.

An own goal from Jefferson gave Maribor a glimmer of hope before half-time, but their recovery was delayed as the lights went out at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, meaning the second half was delayed by 45 minutes.

When the action finally did resume, Islam Slimani restored Sporting’s advantage after 65 minutes with a perfectly timed volley, and their winning margin would have been even greater but for Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic, who made a string of fine saves.

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Meyer “very happy” with result

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Padova win: Springboks

Latu leads Tonga in Kilmarnock

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Captain: Nili Latu

Tonga have named their side that will take on Scotland in Kilmarnock on Saturday, with Nili Latu leading them.

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Preview: Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors

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Starts: Regan King

Regan King will start for the Scarlets at centre when they return to PRO12 action against Glasgow Warriors at Parc y Scarlets on Friday.

King returns to the side after a lengthy period on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury received in the season opener against Ulster.

He will be joined by Gareth Owen at inside centre while Harry Robinson and flying Fijian Michael Tagicakibau add power and pace out wide.

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North following All Blacks example

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Up for the challenge: George North

Wales wing George North is relishing the challenge of matching the likes of Julian Savea and Sonny Bill Williams for both size and skill when the All Blacks visit the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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