Northampton break semi-final hoodoo to set up showdown with Leicester
Wales winger can help take Northampton to the next level, says Jim Mallinder.
Six weeks ahead of the start of the rugby season and Northampton Saints have been testing their fitness with a rigorous military workout.
A Dunstable rugby club is celebrating after securing £50,000 funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
Dunstablians Rugby Club, which offers sport and social facilities to people within the local community, will use the cash to upgrade their clubhouse at Bidwell Park, Houghton Regis.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135m Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.
Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark.
The award will provide £50,000 towards the total project cost of £97,000. The club anticipates raising the remainder from corporate sponsorship and other fund raising efforts by its members.
You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
A5 closed in both directions at Crick due to a serious accident between the A428 (Parklands) and A426 (Rugby Road/Gibbet Lane). Traffic is being diverted through Rugby town centre.
In Rugby Union, Northampton Saints have just missed out on a place in the Premiership final as they lost 25-23 in a thrilling sem-final away to Harlequins.
With so much at stake there was little in the way of running rugby in the first half.
After both sides kicked their way to 15 Saints went 18-15 ahead before Lee Dixon got a crucial try for Northampton..
But heartbreakingly they couldn't withstand a late Quins onslaught with the home side scoring a push over try that was converted
Northampton Saints and England hooker Dylan Hartley has been banned for eight weeks for biting an opponent
The RFU found him guilty of biting Ireland's Stephen Ferris during a Six Nations game earlier in March 2012.
The ban means he will be available for England's summer tour of South Africa, but will only play for Saints again this season if they reach the Aviva Premiership final.
Two tries from England full back Ben Foden kept Northampton Saints on course for the play-offs in rugby's Premiership. The Saints scored four tries against Wasps to win 32 - 15.
Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited for allegedly biting the finger of an Ireland player during England's Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday. If found guilty, he could miss the rest of the Saints season and England's tour of South Africa in June.