LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 14 October 2009 47 Inbrief Sarries swoop for Samoa prop SARACENS have strengthened their front-row options with the signing of Samoan World Cup prop Kas Lealamanua. Director of rugby Brendan Venter had wanted more depth in the position after matchday squads were increased to 23 players to include a full replacement front row. Lealamanua, 32, has previously played for Biarritz and Dax in France and featured for the Pacific Islands in November 2008. Louis pays his tribute to Nan BRITAINS Louis Smith has pledged to win a World Gymnastics medal for his grandmother, who died last week. Smith, Britains first gymnastic Olympic medallist for a century following his bronze medal on the pommel horse in Beijing, last night qualified third for Saturdays final at Londons O2 Arena. He said: My nan was really keen to see me compete in London. Im really here to do it for my nan. Williams finish the Toyota link WILLIAMS Formula One team have announced their engine supply deal with Toyota will finish this season. The announcement, which had been expected for several weeks, leaves the Oxfordshire-based team free to name a new engine supplier for 2010, with Renault and Cosworth among the options. Boss Frank Williams said: We are proud that we have been able to work with such a great company. Oxx hails speed of his champion JOHN OXX hailed Sea The Stars speed as his main attribute on the day the six-time Group One winner retired from racing. The star colt enjoyed an incredible season including victories in the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and most recently the Prix de lArc de Triomphe, but connections opted against letting him have one final foray in the Breeders Cup Classic. The main attribute was his speed, said Oxx. Gandy to join UK Athletics GEORGE GANDY, coach of world silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey, has been made national event coach for endurance by UK Athletics. Gandy, who has over 40 years experience in the sport, has worked with Seb Coe and Jack Buckner from his base at Loughborough University. He said: I look forward to forming partnerships with leading coaches and athletes within the 800m to marathon event group. Evans sake, we simply cant afford Toulouse! Broadnotan all-rounder saysWarne SHANE WARNE has told England not to promote Stuart Broad too high up the batting order, claiming the 23-year-old is not an international all- rounder. Former Australia spinner Warne said: Tell me that he wont bat at No7 in South Africa. It could be the worst thing to happen to the guy. Meanwhile, Sussex crashed out of the Champions League in India, beaten by South Africas Diamond Eagles in a dramatic Super Over after scores were tied. Somerset will join them on the plane home if Trinidad fail to beat the Deccan Chargers today. Live on British Eurosport 2, from 3.15pm Barrichello reveals talks over switch to Williams RUBENS BARRICHELLO has revealed he is in talks over a possible switch to Williams next season. The veteran Brazilian, whose contract with Brawn GP runs out next month, told The Guardian: I havent signed with anybody yet, but its true that Im talking with Williams and Brawn. Barrichello, who made his F1 debut in 1993, is the most experienced driver in F1 history, having started 286 races. The 37-year-old has won twice this year and lies 14 points behind Brawn team-mate Jenson Button heading into the penultimate round of the season in Brazil this weekend. He must win in front of his home fans at Interlagos on Sunday if he is to take team-mate Jenson Button to a world championship shoot-out in the final race in Abu Dhabi next month. Brawn are understood to be close to pairing Button with Williams team- leader Nico Rosberg next year. That line-up strategy has been encouraged by Brawns engine suppliers Mercedes-Benz, who are keen to have a German driver with the British-based outfit, who are almost certain to clinch the world constructors title in Brazil on Sunday. Button, who can put the title beyond the reach of Barrichello and Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel by finishing at least third, admitted: This is an important race for me. Its going to be a big challenge, but one that we are all really looking forward to. BY HARRY LANE Out of contract: Rubens Barrichello Nick of time: Evans believes the return of (insets from top) Ugo Monye, Nick Easter and Danny Care will help the Quins to recover their Heineken Cup momentum HARLEQUINS fly-half Nick Evans hopesthereturnof UgoMonye,Nick Easter and Danny Care will inspire a miracle against French giants Toulouse at The Stoop on Saturday. After losing Saturdays opening Heineken Cup encounter at Cardiff Blues without their rested England trio, Evans said: Nick, Danny and Ugo have a lot of experience and will be able to help the younger guys deal with what will be the biggest game they have experienced -- I cant wait for the match. This is going to be a really tough game but we showed last season against Stade Francais that we are equipped to win these matches and its about being patient. Patience is something Quins fans are running out of right now. Last years Premiership runners-up have made an awful start to the season following the Bloodgate scandal which led to the departure of boss Dean Richards. Withjustonewinfromsixattempts this season, Evans admits: We defi- nitely need to be more clinical becausewebutcheredfourorfivetry scoring chances against Cardiff and that isnt something you would have seen from this team last season. No one is panicking and we know exactly what has to be done against a very good Toulouse team that can- not be given any loose ball to run back at us. They showed their try scoring power against Sale. The self-belief we generated is still there and that is why we beat Bath in the last minute, however, these Cup matches are at a very dif- ferent level to the Premiership -- the level goes up ten fold. Astheypreparetoplaythebestside in France in front of their first sell out crowd of the season, Evans added:Ourfansknowourfree-flow- ingrugbyandthelinkbetweenNick, Danny and myself is important -- it is the backbone of the side. While we may have lost a bit of direction at Cardiff -- even though the guys who took over did really well -- looking at the video, we still had enough chances to have won. France wing Vincent Clerc scored twice in Toulouses ominously com- fortable 36-17 win over Sale last week to go top of the all-time Heineken Cup try-scorers list with 30. He warned: It is a key game for Quins because they lost to the Blues and cant afford the smallest slip up. If theyloseagain,theywillbepracti- cally out of the Heineken Cup so it is do or die for them. And, after all that happened last summer, they will be keen to show their worth on the field and in front of their home crowd. This team will be out to prove a point and will be dangerous. BY NEAL COLLINS Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2, 6pm index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html