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Saints winger handed Welsh start

Northampton Saints winger George North has been named in the Wales side for the clash with South Africa.
Northampton Saints winger George North has been named in the Wales side for the clash with South Africa. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints winger George North has been named in the Wales side for this weekend's opening autumn international against South Africa.

The 21-year-old has been a regular in the welsh line-up since making his debut in 2010, and performed a starring role in this summer's Lions series.

North will take up his usual position on the wing, with debutant Eli Walker also part of the back three.

Wales team to face South Africa:

Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Eli Walker (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Unattached).

Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)

O'Neill and Keane set to form Irish management team

Martin O'Neill looks set to be named as Republic of Ireland manager.
Martin O'Neill looks set to be named as Republic of Ireland manager. Credit: PA

Martin O'Neill looks likely to be named as the new Republic of Ireland manager on Saturday, after the Football Association of Ireland revealed that he is set to form part of a new coaching team alongside ex Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane.

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney admitted to Newstalk Radio that negotiations had been ongoing for some time and that an announcement has been pencilled in for the weekend.

Former Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has been out of work since leaving Portman Road.
Former Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has been out of work since leaving Portman Road. Credit: PA

Former Tractor Boys manager Keane is in line to be named as O'Neill's assistant, and has been without a job since leaving Portman Road in 2011.

The pair will replace Giovanni Trapatonni, who was dismissed after Ireland's poor World Cup Qualifying campaign.

As we told you last week, the move will come as a relief for Ipswich Town fans who had feared losing the services of manager Mick McCarthy after he was also heavily linked to the job.

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Canaries hit with FA fine

Leroy Fer's controversial 'goal' sparked heated exchanges between both sets of players.
Leroy Fer's controversial 'goal' sparked heated exchanges between both sets of players. Credit: PA

Norwich City have been hit with a £20,000 fine from the Football Association for failing to control their players in the closing stages of last month's draw with Cardiff City.

There were heated exchanges between both sets of players after Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer tried to score a goal instead of returning the ball to Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall.

The ball was put into touch by the Bluebirds in order to allow treatment to an injury sustained by Norwich's Alex Tettey.

Both clubs were given a deadline of November 4 to respond to the charge, with the FA today confirming that Norwich City have accepted the breach.

An FA statement read: "Norwich City have been fined the standard penalty of £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20(a) in relation to their game against Cardiff City on 26 October 2013.

"The charge was that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 94th minute of this fixture."

Cardiff City decided to reject the standard penalty, despite admitting the breach, and will now face a non-personal hearing to decide their fine at a later date.

Racing legend talks to ITV News Anglia

by Donovan Blake

Derek Thompson has often featured in our top racing stories with reaction and expert opinion.

But one story which never fails to fascinate racing fans is the role Derek played in trying to save the famous kidnapped horse Shergar.

It's one of the many tales he tells in his autobiography.

Click below to watch Derek's chat with ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

O'Neill reportedly closes in on Ireland job

Martin O'Neill looks set to be named Republic of Ireland manager.
Martin O'Neill looks set to be named Republic of Ireland manager. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town fans could be about to breathe a sigh of relief after several bookmakers suspended betting on Martin O'Neill becoming the new Republic of Ireland manager.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy had been strongly linked with a return to the Irish set-up, over a decade after he left his position first-time around.

However, it now looks as though former Norwich City player and manager O'Neill will replace Giovanni Trapattoni with some newspaper reports suggesting he could be unveiled as early as next week.

Tettey facing "months" out

Alex Tettey is set for a spell on the sidelines.
Alex Tettey is set for a spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Norwich City have been dealt a blow with the news that Alex Tettey is likely to be missing until the new year.

The Norwegian International has had surgery on an ankle ligament injury sustained in the closing stages of last weekend's goalless draw with Cardiff City.

The news marks a major setback for the Canaries, with Tettey beginning to form a promising central midfield partnership with Leroy Fer and Jonny Howson in recent weeks.

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Mallinder "delighted" for Saints England stars

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that he is "delighted" for his England stars, despite them being unavailable for selection for the next few weeks of the Aviva Premiership campaign.

Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood and Lee Dickson have all been named in England's starting line-up for Saturday's clash against Australia at Twickenham, whilst Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden are amongst the replacements.

As a result, the quintet will all be missing for Northampton's trip to London Irish on Sunday as the Saints look to maintain their impressive start to the season.

McCarthy reflects on first year in charge

Mick McCarthy says he is happy enough with his first year in charge at Ipswich Town but admits that the Tractor Boys "could do better."

Since taking the reins in November last year, McCarthy has managed to save the club from relegation and guide them to a solid start to this season.

The Blues are preparing to take on McCarthy's hometown club Barnsley at Portman Road tonight, with the visitors still searching for their first away win of the campaign.

U's snap up former Hammers striker

Colchester United have added to their squad with the signing of Dominic Vose.
Colchester United have added to their squad with the signing of Dominic Vose. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed former West Ham United youngster Dominic Vose on a free transfer.

The 19-year-old has impressed whilst on trial with the U's and has put pen to paper on an initial monthly contract.

Vose left Premier League outfit West Ham in December last year before joining Barnet.

Speaking to the club's official website, U's manager Joe Dunne said that Vose could benefit from a fresh start:

"We are pleased to have him on board.

"He's had a successful trial and fits the bill of someone who has lost his way in the game a bit, but has the drive and hunger to get back into it again.

"That desire and hungry is really important to me. He will go straight into Saturday's squad for the trip to Rotherham."

Friday night match for Ipswich

While the majority of our football clubs play on Saturday, it's Friday night football this week for Ipswich Town, in the Championship.

Second from bottom Barnsley are the visitors to Portman Road, where the Blues will be hoping a Halloween date with some of their young fans won't lead to a horror show. Donovan Blake has more.

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