Tonight’s rugby news as England face World Cup strike disruption and South Africa get all-clear for controversial tactic

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Here are your rugby evening headlines for Wednesday, 30 September.

England face World Cup strike disruptions

A proposed one-day strike by French air traffic controllers could cause problems for England during the upcoming World Cup.

The largest Air Traffic Controller union in France has announced its intention to strike on September 15, which could impact travellers heading to the country.

The Syndicat national des contrôleurs du trafic aérien is pressing for pay rises. It said in a press release that it is acting due to “the silence of the French civil aviation authority in the face of inflation.”

Steve Borthwick’s side could be affected by the strike if it goes ahead. They are due to fly to Nice on September 15, before facing Japan there on September 17. The same journey by train could take 10 hours.

The Wales team are unlikely to be affected by the proposed strike, given they travel directly to Nice from Bordeaux following their match against Fiji on September 10.

While there’s no need for the Welsh players to be flying ahead of their second pool match against Portugal on September 16, it’s feasible Welsh fans could struggle to get to Nice to see Warren Gatland’s men in action.

The strike will take place from the beginning of the morning shift on Friday September 15 to the end of the night shift that same day – with potential to affect flights on the days before and after.

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