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The Saracens centre has taken his game to another level with his smart distribution getting the best out of George North in the number 13 channel. And the 28-year-old hopes he can improve even more as the competition goes on.

“I hope there is more to come,” said Tompkins. “I don’t know where the limit is. I want to just keep getting better and keep pushing myself.

“There are a lot of things I need to improve on. I am happy with some areas, but there are some things I really need to push myself on.

“If I want to be the best I can be, you look at some of the other centres out there and how well they are doing, you want to emulate that; Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose. We’ve had five months together, I got myself properly fit and the difference for me is night and day.

Tottenham midfielder Johnson sustained a hamstring injury in his side’s recent 2-2 draw at Arsenal and sat out Saturday’s win against Liverpool. The pair’s absence is a huge blow to under-pressure Page, whose side sit fourth in their group after winning only two of their first five matches.

Influential centre set to miss crunch Ireland clash with Scotland
Robbie Henshaw is set to miss Ireland’s crucial World Cup clash with Scotland on Saturday due to a niggle.

If Scotland defeat Ireland by eight points, while also denying them a try bonus point, then the world’s number one ranked side will exit the World Cup at the pool stages. Leinster midfielder Henshaw has had to make do with a place on the replacements bench to date due to the outstanding form of Bundee Aki, and is expected to be ruled out the clash with Gregor Townsend’s side.

“Robbie has a bit of a niggle and we’re finding out about that today,” said Ireland’s forwards coach Paul O’Connell. “I’m sure there’ll be some information on that tomorrow.”

Stuart McCloskey, Keith Earls and Jimmy O’Brien are the contenders to replace Henshaw in the matchday squad on Saturday.

Troubled English club suffer hammer blow
Any chance of Jersey Reds rising from the dead seem to be over after the island’s government voted against supporting the English Championship club for the rest of the season.

The current Championship winners ceased trading in September due to an investor pulling its funding. Ministers have been debating whether they should step in and fund the club following an online petition which gained more than 5,000 signatures.

However, ministers voted 13 for and 30 against with one abstention. Deputy Philip Bailhache said taxpayer money should not be used to help Jersey continue trading due to their assets being “extremely unclear.”

“It amounts to many hundreds of thousands of pounds and we are being asked to commit that money to an insolvent company whose assets we are extremely unclear about,” he said. The club have hit back saying the its accounts were up to date, and had been “consistently and openly shared with government ahead of them granting any tax deferrals, loans or grants”.

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