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Today's rugby news as Wales international left 'broken' by cancer battle and Welsh star gutted

Here's your round-up of all the latest rugby news for Saturday, July 8.

Horsman left 'broken' by cancer battle

Chris Horsman has opened up on his cancer battle that left him "broken".

The Wales international was speaking to BBC Wales about undergoing his second fight against the disease by the age of 21.

In an honest interview Horsman, who was capped by Wales 14 times, revealed how treatment pushed him to the edge.

"I can remember going in to have another round of chemotherapy and thinking 'I'm done'," Horsman said.

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"Physically I was a wreck; I couldn't walk up the stairs, I was constantly sleeping or being sick, I was grey and my hair was falling out.

"But mentally I was just done. I'm not afraid to admit I felt like I'd rather just go home now - it wasn't worth the pain. I was broken."

Given a break from his chemotherapy for half an hour, he sat outside his hospital ward and saw something that made him change his mindset.

"I just sat there thinking I'm going to tell them that I'm done. I just wanted to feel like myself again, I didn't want to feel like this physically or mentally. I couldn't do it anymore," he added.

"Then I looked over to the children's hospital and at the moment, when I was at my absolute worst, I saw this little girl who was around seven, no hair, a tube in her nose, grey, walking with her parents. But she was running down the road, skipping, laughing, smiling.

"I just thought, if she can do it, why am I moaning? She was there prepared to face whatever was coming to her with a smile on her face.

"I had people fighting for me, so much to live for, possibly a career to go back to... so I went back in."

Treatment for Horsman was a success and he went in to represent Wales at the 2007 World Cup in France. He retired in 2009 at the age of 32 due to a neck issue. He moved into coaching and has recently been doing pundit work for BBC Scrum V.

'Heartbroken' Snowsill leaves Bristol Bears

Wales star Elinor Snowsill admits she's 'heartbroken' to be leaving Bristol Bears after 11 years.

The outside half, who has 76 international caps to her name, has a professional contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), and hasn't yet revealed whether she will join another team.

Bristol finished fourth in last season's Premier 15s, and were recently beaten 21-12 by Gloucester-Hartpury in the semi-finals, with Snowsill kicking one conversion.

Now, she is poied to move on.

"I have absolutely loved my time at the club," she said.

"I am heartbroken to be leaving the club, but every journey must come to an end.

"I wish the team all the best for the future, I have no doubt you will be champions some day soon."

Alun Wyn given Welsh welcome by Toulon

Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones has been given a Welsh welcome by new club Toulon.

The ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions captain has signed as a 'medical joker' for the club while the World Cup is on.

Announcing the move,Toulon tweeted: "Croeso i'ch cartref newydd".

Toulon director of rugby Pierre Mignoni added: "We are delighted and honoured to welcome a legendary player like Alun Wyn Jones to Toulon. His career demonstrates his immense talent.

"His experience, his mental and physical strength as well as his leadership will add to the locker room and to his team-mates."

Cane expecting 'battle of collisions' with Pumas

All Blacks skipper Sam Cane says he's expecting a “battle of collisions” on Saturday when his side take on Argentina in their opening game of the Rugby Championship.

The two teams have built up a feisty rivalry in recent years, and Cane is expecting another bruising encounter this time around.

“When you think about collisions, loose forwards are involved in a lot of those on both sides of the ball,” Cane told reporters on Friday.

“Not just the loosies, they’ve got a big, physical forward pack. They pride themselves on set-piece dominance and they’re big bodies, they know how to carry hard and tackle hard.

“It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to as a forward pack. It’s no secret that rugby games are often won up front up so it’s gonna be good.

“There will be times in the game where things don’t go out way, no doubt, but we’ll just have to do our best to adapt and overcome as soon as possible.

“It’ll be a battle of collisions and that’ll decide a lot of the game so that’s something that as a forward pack we’re looking forward to.”

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