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INJURY FORCES LEICESTER SCRUM-HALF TO QUIT

Leicester Rugby Union and England scrum-half Harry Ellis has announced that he will retire from the game after failing to recover from several knee problems. The 28-year-old, who won 27 caps, required a reconstruction of his left knee in 2007 and sustained a second injury in the same area last season.

Now, having taken a medical advice, Ellis has decided he has no option but to quit playing rugby.

"The most difficult decision for any player to make is about when they have to stop playing," said Ellis. "But, after taking medical advice, unfortunately I have to announce my retirement.

LEICESTER CALL FOR SALARY CAP

Champions Leicester are leading a call to increase the controversial salary cap from the present £4million per season for Guinness Premiership teams.

The 12 clubs meet on Wednesday to debate proposals to raise the cap for the 2011-12 season.

A final decision will be made at a board meeting of Premier Rugby, the umbrella body, on May 18.

Leicester's head of playing operations Simon Cohen said: 'The Premiership has to decide where it wants to be.

LEICESTER CALL FOR SALARY CAP

Champions Leicester are leading a call to increase the controversial salary cap from the present £4million per season for Guinness Premiership teams.

The 12 clubs meet on Wednesday to debate proposals to raise the cap for the 2011-12 season, with members tempted to Cardiff by free Wales Rugby Tickets.

A final decision will be made at a board meeting of Premier Rugby, the umbrella body, on May 18.

Leicester's head of playing operations Simon Cohen said: 'The Premiership has to decide where it wants to be.

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