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Northampton Saints unveil new stand ahead of Saracens showdown

The new Barwell stand (far end). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Saints have been showing off their new stand today.

The Barwell Stand was officially unveiled earlier, six months after work begun. It will be used for the first time when the Saints host Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday.

The club's iconic war memorial has also been moved so that it can overlook the pitch and relatives of former players who lost their lives were invited to a special ceremony.

Click below to hear from Northampton Saints chairman Tony Hewitt

"I think we took a lot of care in planning the stadium to make sure we preserved the memorial.

I think what we've done is enhanced its position in the stand overlooking the pitch and it will be really in the forefront of our minds on Saturday when we do the traditional wreath-laying ceremony here at Franklin's Gardens before the Saracens game."

– Tony Hewitt, Northampton Saints chairman


Mallinder refuses to rule himself out England job

Jim Mallinder Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the next England Coach.

England play their last game of the tournament against Uruguay in Manchester tomorrow night and speculation continues tio grow that the game could be Stuart Lancaster's last in charge.

The Gloucester Citizen is reporting that Mallinder has expressed an interest to coach England should the opportunity arise.

He also said that had he been in charge Dylan Hartley and Luther Burrell would have been included in his world cup squad.

North to switch to centre Credit: PA

Elsewhere Saints star George North will move into Centre for the crunch clash with Australia. The winner will will win the group and are likely to play Scotland in the quarter final.

Kahn Fotuali’i will captain the Samoa side in their final game against Scotland.

All those matches are live on ITV tomorrow.

Former England coach Uttley backs current generation to shine at World Cup

It's the final test for our top international players before the Rugby World Cup kicks off.

In just under two weeks time it all starts, with all the games live on ITV.

Today it's the final warm up games. Northampton Saints have George North playing for Wales against Italy, with Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are starting for England against Ireland.

When England were joint hosts in 1991 their coach was Roger Uttley who now lives in Northamptonshire.

He's been sharing his memories of that tournament and his hopes for this one.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake


England confirm Hartley dropped from World Cup squad

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad. Credit: PA

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad following his ban for headbutting, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Northampton Saints star Hartley set to be axed from England's World Cup squad

Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes look like they're over. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley looks set to be dropped from England's World Cup training squad.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster is expected to announce his decision later today.

Hartley was recently banned for four weeks for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George - the sixth suspension of his career.

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