Sport News Update, what you need to know.

CRICKET – Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has backed Kevin Pietersen’s allegations of a “bullying” culture within the England team, claiming in the UK press that he was privy to examples of it on the field.

RUGBY LEAGUE – St George Illawarra have been added to the inaugural six-team World Club Series in February, the Dragons to join premiers South Sydney and Brisbane as the NRL representatives in the expanded World Club Challenge tournament.

RUGBY UNION – Sam Burgess’s new coach in England has described the star’s injury as a blessing in disguise, claiming there will be no pressure to play the 25-year-old before he’s adapted to rugby union.

SOCCER – Veteran striker Tim Cahill claims the ongoing Socceroos revolution under Ange Postecoglou is refueling his passion for international football.

MOTORSPORT – It could be weeks before doctors know how badly damaged Jules Bianchi’s brain is after his sickening crash in the Japanese Grand Prix, a specialist has warned.

TENNIS – Roger Federer scraped through to join Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Shanghai Masters, but Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka both crashed out on a day of shocks.