Tonight's rugby news as Wales international's name circulated to clubs and star carried off field on eve of series

-Credit: (Image: Michael Steele/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

These are your evening headlines on Saturday, June 29

Patchell's name circulated

Rhys Patchell is hoping to play his club rugby in Japan next season with his name circulating around the country's top clubs.

WalesOnline understands the Wales international's likely next destination is the Far East after his contract with the Highlanders came to an end.

Patchell joined the Dunedin outfit last year on a one-year deal after leaving the Scarlets. That has now elapsed and he is on the lookout for his next club.

The 22-cap outside-half enjoyed a strong start to the Super Rugby Pacific season, before missing much of the tail end of the campaign with a pectoral injury.

The Dragons considered making a move for Patchell but the 31-year-old wants to try his hand at rugby in Japan.

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Beale carried off field

It looks like bad news for Kurtley Beale and his hopes of featuring against Wales this summer.

The 35-year-old, who was named in Joe Schmidt’s 38-man Wallabies squad last week, was helped off the field during Randwick’s 50-37 win over Eastern Suburbs in the Shute Shield on Saturday.

Beale had come off the bench in the clash but didn't last too long in the fray, carried off in the 59th minute.

The Roar report he has suffered a suspected Achilles injury.

Christy Doran, rugby editor of the publication, wrote on X: "Recalled Wallaby Kurtley Beale helped from the field for Randwick at Easts Rugby Club with an apparent lower leg/foot injury on the eve of the Wales Tests. Doesn’t look good."

Earlier in the week Beale spoke of his recall to the national side. “Not so much a shock,” Beale said. “[I’ve] been pondering it for a while now.

“Having the year off kind of allowed me to get myself ready physically, mentally, spiritually. Watching the guys, especially at the World Cup, yeah, a lot of emotions there – it kept the fire in the belly going.”

Dupont eyes gold after Top 14 glory

Antoine Dupont says his eyes are now on Olympic glory after playing a starring role in Toulouse's thrashing of Bordeaux-Begles on Friday night.

The French scrum-half's side ran out 59-3 to claim a third Champions Cup and Top 14 title double.

Dupont scored two tries and set up another, with his focus now switching to the games in Paris, which get under way in less than a month.

“I have one week of holidays before I join up with the Olympics squad,” Dupont said after the victory.

“I will enjoy this, rest up to get there with a fresh mind and to be motivated to start again to win something else."

He added: “I think I’ve achieved much more than I could have dreamt of as a child. I have to realise it but not too much as to be able to keep dreaming."