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Saints make changes for weekend clash with Irish

After a third bonus point win in their opening four games, Northampton Saints hit the road once more for the Aviva Premiership trip to London Irish tomorrow.

Saints have made four changes to the side that dug deep to beat Bath last weekend at Franklin's Gardens.

Lee Dickson returns at scrum-half. Among the forwards, Alex Waller, Mike Haywood and Courtney Lawes are in for Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley and Christian Day.

London Irish have made just one change, Tomas O'Leary the new face at scrum-half and Darren Allinson taking his place on the bench.

Driver killed in Porsche-Audi crash named as Luton rugby player

Flowers by the roadside on the A6 near Bedford where the crash happened. Credit: Stuart Leithes / ITV News Anglia

The man killed on the A6 near Bedford when the Audi he was driving was hit by a Porsche that did not stop has been named as a Luton rugby player.

Mark Davey, 33, was on his way back from a match against Bedford Swifts when the crash happened at ten to six on Saturday evening. He was confirmed dead at Bedford Hospital South Wing.

The driver of the Porsche did not stop and carried on driving north towards Bedford along the A6. Officers are appealing to the public to help trace this person and the vehicle.

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Essex to play at Olympic stadium

Essex are set to play T20 cricket at the Olympic stadium in London Credit: Press Association

Essex chief executive Derek Bowden has revealed an agreement "in principle" has been reached with regard to the club playing Twenty20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016.

Essex have been looking into the possibility for a number of years.

Bowden said: "In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016.

The London Legacy Development Corporation is responsible for future uses of the stadium, and Bowden added: "London Legacy and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer."

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Neil Lennon for Norwich City?

There is fresh speculation that Neil Lennon could be heading south to become the new manager at Norwich City after quitting his job at Celtic.

Reports in Scotland say Lennon has left the Scottish giants after feeling he has taken the club as far as he can.

Former City and Celtic star Malky Mackay is still the bookies favourite to be the new boss at Carrow Road, but Lennon's odds have also tumbled after the news of his resignation broke.

Both men have also been linked with the managerial vacancy at West Brom with speculation now also linking Mackay with Celtic.

U's goalkeeper signs new deal

Mark Cousins has signed a new deal to stay at Colchester United Credit: ITV Anglia

Colchester United goalkeeper Mark Cousins has signed a new contract to stay at the club.

The 26-year-old was offered a new deal by manager Joe Dunne towards the back end of last season and has now decided to commit his future to the U's.

Cousins will be hoping to establish himself as the U's no.1 next season.

He lost his place to on loan Chelsea 'keeper, Sam Walker, during the last campaign.

New Saints recruit called up to Lions squad

New Northampton Saints signing Alex Corbisiero has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad.

Corbisiero had been on tour with England in Argentina, but will now fly to Australia to join up with the Lions as a replacement for the injured Cian Healy.

The 24-year-old prop has agreed to sign for Northampton ahead of next season, after leaving London Irish.

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