The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) will oppose the proposal to increase the residency qualification period from three to five years, according to a media report on Friday.
England's Rugby Football Union appears set to impose its own five-year rule if the proposal does not get the required 75 per cent majority when the World Rugby council vote on the proposal for a global rule change in May.
LES SABLES D'OLONNE, France British sailor Alex Thomson, aboard Hugo Boss, took second place in the solo round-the-world Vendee Globe race on Friday.
France's Armel Le Cleac'h, aboard Banque Populaire, won the race on Thursday when he beat Francois Gabart's previous record by almost four days, crossing the finishing line after 74 days, three hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds.
DUBAI Tamirat Tola led Ethiopia's clean sweep at the Dubai Marathon on Friday after men's pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele retired injured.
Tola won the men's race in two hours four minutes and eleven seconds, setting a new course record and personal best, ahead of fellow Ethiopian's Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma in second and third place respectively.
MELBOURNE Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka overcame a rusty start to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6(7) victory over Serbia's Viktor Troicki on Friday.
Wawrinka will now meet Andreas Seppi in the fourth round after the Italian beat Belgium's Steve Darcis 4-6 6-4 7-6(1) 7-6(2) in their third round match on Show Court 3.
The 2014 Australian Open champion was broken three times by the 29th-seeded Serb in the first set in their clash on Rod Laver Arena and committed twice as many (14) unforced errors as the 30-year-old from Belgrade.
ADELAIDE Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan continued his incredible run of early season form when he roared clear of the pack to claim his third victory in four stages of the Tour Down Under on Friday.
The 22-year-old Orica-Scott rider was boxed in with about 300 metres remaining but burst through a gap next to the rails and crossed the line ahead of world champion Peter Sagan, who was caught up in the bunch and left his final spurt too late.