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Northampton Saints coach Mallinder linked to vacant England job

Jim Mallinder currently heads up the Northampton Saints.

The Northampton Saints' coach who has been heavily linked to take rugby's top job has refused to comment after bookies placed 6/1 odds on him replacing Stuart Lancaster.

Jim Mallinder would not speculate on the rumours when ITV Anglia approached him at a press conference today.

It comes after Stuart Lancaster stood down after England's disappointing World Cup performance.

Other people linked to the job are Wales boss Warren Gatland, Australia's Michael Cheika, and Ireland's Joe Schmidt and Japan coach Eddie Jones whose side surprised many at the recent world cup.

Saints' England player Kieran Brookes spoke to us about the speculation.

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Timelapse video shows construction of Northampton Saints' new stand

This timelapse video shows the construction of Northampton Saints' new stand.

The camera was installed by ITV News Anglia, and shows the old stand being demolished and the new one being put up.

The Barwell Stand will be opened for the first time tomorrow when the Saints take on Saracens.

Click below to watch the video

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.

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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

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