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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.

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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.

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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.

Northampton Saints Chairman vows to stand by Hartley

Dylan Hartley won't feature in England's first World Cup game. Credit: PA

The Northampton Saints Chairman Tony Hewitt has vowed that the club will stand by hooker Dylan Hartley after he was hit with yet another ban.

Hartley was handed a four-week suspension for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George during the Aviva Premiership semi-final between the two sides at the weekend.

It means that the 29-year-old won't be eligible to play in any of England's World Cup warm-up games as well as the tournament opener against Fiji on September 18.

Hartley's latest indiscretion means that he's now missed 54 weeks of his career through suspensions.

Click below to hear from Tony Hewitt

"Dylan does a fantastic amount of work off the pitch with the squad and a number of charitable commitments so he's a very important part of Northampton.

He's been a good servant and we'll continue to look after him."

– Tony Hewitt, Northampton Saints chairman

Northampton Saints star Hartley to miss World Cup opener

Dylan Hartley. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are hanging in the balance after he was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting an opponent.

The England hooker was cited for the clash with Saracens' Jamie George during last weekend's Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat.

The sanction means that he will now miss all of his country's World Cup warm-up games and won't be eligible to play in England's first World Cup game against Fiji on September 18 - if selected.

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