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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.

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

Youngsters in Northamptonshire compete in own Rugby World Cup

Throughout the Rugby World Cup there has been a singular aim of creating a legacy and getting more youngsters playing the sport.

It's already happening in Northamptonshire with hundreds of school children taking part in their own rugby world cup competition in Daventry.

About 400 children from more than 20 schools were taking part in a Festival of Tag Rugby.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper


Peterborough United's Aussie defender Elder backs Wallabies to triumph

Millions of people will be glued to ITV tomorrow night (Saturday 3 October) as England prepare to take on Australia in the Rugby World Cup.

It's a huge game for the hosts, with defeat meaning they'll be knocked out of the tournament.

Among those watching on will be Peterborough United defender Callum Elder, but unlike many of the Posh squad, he'll be supporting the Wallabies.

Click below to hear Callum Elder's prediction

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