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Rugby: Saints lose by the narrowest of margins

Northampton Saints lost by a single point and the thickness of the crossbar against Saracens in the Premiership this afternoon.

Saracens raced into an early 11-0 lead at the Stadium:MK, but a Phil Dowson try and a conversion, plus a penalty from Stephen Myler brought Saints back to 11-10 at the break.

The second was tight, with the teams exchanging penalties. But with the 80 minutes up, fly-half Stephen Myler had a long range chance to win it for Saints - but his penalty attempt hit the cross bar and came back, giving Saracens victory by 17 points to 16.

Saints forward faces disciplinary

Dylan Hartley Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

It has been confirmed that Northampton and England forward Dylan Hartley is to face a disciplinary hearing.

It comes after he was cited for striking Ulster forward Rory Best with his arm during a Heineken Cup Pool 4 match on Friday 7 December. The European Rugby Cup said that details of the hearing date will be announced shortly.


Saints' star Foden "out for weeks"

Saints' full-back Ben Foden Credit: PA

Northampton Saints say full-back Ben Foden is likely out be out for a number of weeks after being injured in last Friday's Aviva Premiership victory over Bath.

The club says Foden, 27, damaged his ankle ligaments and is due to see a specialist on Wednesday.

It means he may also miss England's autumn series of internationals which start in November.


Rugby club scoops £50,000 of Olympic funding

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.

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