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Bedford Blues fail Premiership standards test

Bedford Blues Rugby Club has failed to meet the standards required to be eligible for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

An independent report has concluded that the club does not meet the minmum requirements as defined by the Professional Game Board.

Other promotion chasing clubs , Newcastle Falcolns, Leeds Carnegie and Nottingham Rugby have passed the standards test.


Rugby's big local derby for Northampton Saints

No many rugby contests come bigger than Northampton Saints against Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Again there's plenty at stake with both clubs still in the hunt for the Premiership title.

The Saints, however, have lost the last six meetings against their fierce rivals.

Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder is hoping they can halt that sequence at Franklin's Gardens.

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Back to school as Saints prepare for London Irish

Back-to-back wins for Northampton Saints certainly led to a positive forum between season ticket holders and Saints chairman Leon Barnwell on Thursday night.

A couple of players were able to transmit some of that positivity during a visit to one of the town's primary schools ahead of the visit by London Irish on Saturday.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake:


Rugby: Clark ruled out of Six Nations

Calum Clark in action for Northampton

In Rugby Union there's been a big blow for Northampton Saints and England today after flanker Calum Clark confirmed he needs a shoulder operation.

The 23-year-old was injured in the weekend Heineken Cup defeat against Glasgow and has said he'll be out of action for the foreseeable future.

As well as being a crucial stage of the season for Saints, it also means that Clark is almost certain to miss the whole of the Six Nations championship which begins next month.

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.

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