Thousands of Syrians braved the freezing cold at Turkey's border Saturday after fleeing a regime assault that threatens a new humanitarian disaster, as Damascus warned Riyadh and Ankara not to send in troops. The government said any uninvited foreign soldiers who enter Syria would go home "in a wooden coffin", following reports that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which support rebel forces, could deploy troops. Tens of thousands of people have fled fierce fighting as government forces backed by Russian air strikes advanced this week against rebels, severing the opposition's main supply route into the northern metropolis of Aleppo.
Tries in either half by lock George Kruis and wing Jack Nowell earned Eddie Jones victory in his first match as England's first overseas head coach at Murrayfield on Saturday. It was not exactly a flying start to a new era for Jones and his team but, after the ignominy of England becoming the first host nation to exit a World Cup before the knock-out stages, a sixth successive Calcutta Cup victory against Scotland qualified as a solid first step in their Six Nations rebuilding campaign. Equally depressingly, the Scots drew a sixth successive Murrayfield blank on the try scoring front against England.