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Northampton Saints have announced the signing of South African centre Patrick Howard for next season.
The 23-year-old will join from Western Province in the summer.
Howard spent time at Munster earlier this campaign, and has represented South Africa at youth level.
“I really enjoyed my time in Europe earlier this year and was delighted when Saints showed interest in me.
It is a great opportunity for me to be joining a fantastic club and continue to develop as a player.
I cannot wait to pull on the Saints jersey!
I have had a great time coming through the ranks at Western Province, but feel that now is the right time to experience something new overseas.”
Exeter Chiefs have announced that they will sign young Northampton Saints fly-half Will Hooley at the end of the season.
The 21-year-old will pen a two-year deal in the summer, and will compete for the number 10 shirt with Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade.
Hooley has been with Northampton since the age of 12 and has made 14 appearances for the first team.
“I’m really looking forward to the move, I see it as a massive opportunity for me to experience a new club, a new environment and to hopefully be part of something special down at the Chiefs."
Northampton Saints winger George North will see a brain specialist before the weekend to see when he can return to rugby.
The Wales star was knocked unconscious during last week's Premiership match with Wasps.
It's the third time that North has been knocked out in the space of two months.
Nathan Hughes, the man who struck him, has been banned for three weeks.
The organiser of the Eastern Leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy tour says the event will be fantastic for the growth of the sport in the region.
Andrew Sarek is an RFU council member based in Essex.
The Webb Ellis trophy will be displayed at several venues when the tour reaches the Eastern Counties in August, including Colchester Rugby Club.
"Rugby is a growing sport, it's got a great ethos, and it attracts an awful lot of people.
To actually have the World Cup here in the region will really help to make people feel part of it. It will be fantastic."
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Three Northampton Saints players have been named in England's starting line-up for Saturday's crucial 6 Nations clash with France this weekend.
Luther Burrell, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes will play alongside Norfolk-born Leicester player Ben Youngs at Twickenham.
His brother Tom Youngs and Saints' Tom Wood have been named as replacements.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made just one change to the starting line-up following last week's victory over Scotland, with Geoff Parling replacing Dave Attwood.
Northampton Saints forward Courtney Lawes has been recalled to England's starting line-up to face Scotland on Saturday.
The second row has missed the first three games of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, but will replace Saracens' George Kruis at lock.
Lawes' Saints team-mate Tom Wood has also been brought back into the squad - he's among the substitutes.
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England starting XV to face Scotland:
M Brown (Harlequins), A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), J Nowell (Exeter), G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester),
J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), D Attwood (Bath), C Lawes (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Vunipola (Saracens).
Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Brookes (Newcastle), G Parling (Leicester), T Wood (Northampton), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), D Cipriani (Sale), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester)
Northampton Saints wing George North will miss Wales's Six Nations clash against Scotland at the weekend after taking two blows to his head in the defeat to England.
The sport's governing body, World Rugby, yesterday ruled that North should not have remained on the field of play at the Millennium Stadium.
Northampton Saints winger George North should not have remained on the field of play after getting a head injury in the Six Nations match between Wales and England according to World Rugby.
The decision has been released in a statement and it follows a head injury in the 61st minute of Friday night's game.
North came off the field after receiving an accidental boot to the head from England lock Dave Attwood but was able to continue after treatment.
World Rugby, meanwhile, has also announced that it will be "immediately investigating, evaluating and promoting the implementation" of new measures.
These are the practicality of television match official technology being expanded to identify head injuries as they happen on the field.
"The World Rugby head injury protocol clearly states that a player should be immediately and permanently removed from the field of play where there are any visible symptoms or suspicion of a potential concussion. However, following thorough discussions and input from the expert independent Concussion Advisory Group, World Rugby accepts the WRU's explanation that neither the team medical staff nor the independent doctor had sight of the incident, and understands that the medics acted within the framework of information they had at the time and would have taken a different course of action had they had direct pitchside visibility or access to the same broadcast footage seen by those watching on television."