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England fans 'backing Wales' as host team bows out

Many England fans will backing Wales as they take on Australia in Twickenham Credit: Reuters

Large numbers of England fans will be backing Wales now that their team is heading out of the Rugby World Cup, according to a survey commissioned by bookmaker William Hill.

Of those surveyed, 24% said they would be following Wales for the rest of the tournament.

England are due to play Uruguay in Manchester late on Saturday, in what will be their final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but the fixture has lost much of its appeal for fans since England's defeat by Australia.

Wales, meanwhile, are due to play Australia at Twickenham at 4.45pm, and appear able to rely on a good deal of support from England fans.



Lord Brittan: Police 'preparing response' over delays

Leon Brittan had an historical allegation of rape against him dropped before his death but not told, it has emerged. Credit: PA Wire

The Metropolitan Police is preparing a "detailed" response after criticism of its delays in informing Leon Brittan's family that a rape charge against him had been dropped.

The response comes at the request of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, fter it emerged that the force had written to the former Home Secretary's widow, Lady Brittan, to apologise for not telling her sooner.

In an interview with ITV News, Lord Brittan's brother, Sir Samuel Brittan, accused police of "outrageous" treatment of the peer.

The Met said it expects to provide its response next week, "once all the material has been reviewed".

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