England are expected to announce they have dropped Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.
It's understood England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday's Twickenham clash.
Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.
Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are under severe threat after the England hooker was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George.
The fiery Northampton hooker's guilty plea in Wednesday's disciplinary hearing may just prove a shrewd enough move however to salvage his World Cup participation.
Hartley will miss England's three World Cup warm-up games and the tournament opener against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.
Northampton Saints have failed to make the final of the Premiership.
They were beaten 29-24 in the semi-final by Saracens.
Full time- Saints 24 Saracens 29.
Rugby World Cup winners came together to support a cancer charity set up in memory of Northampton Saints' former chairman, Leon Barwell.
Stars like Jason Robinson and Matt Dawson took to the field for a charity football match at Sixfields in his memory this afternoon.
The money raised by the game will help support families of other cancer victims.
Northampton Saints take on their arch rivals Leicester Tigers in the LV Cup tomorrow.
Both sides come off the back of humiliating defeats in Europe and they will both be without many of their international stars.
Alan Dickens, Northampton Saints coach, says it's always a great game against their rivals.
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Northampton Saints forwards Samu Manoa and Salesi Ma’afu will sign for his club at the end of the season.
The news will come as a blow to Northampton who had managed to tie down their other prized assets in Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes last week.
American star Manoa has been handed a four-year contract by the European Champions, and Boudjellal has backed him to impress in France.
“Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have signed.
For me, he will become the star of the Top 14. He is a rugby phenomenon, made for Mayol."
Toulon have also agreed a deal to sign Saints prop Ma’afu, while New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu and Clermont winger Napolioni Nalaga have also joined.
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#ERCCPoolDraw finished - Saints playing Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso. Some cracking trips there!
Northampton Saints have been drawn in Pool 5 for the European Rugby Champions Cup.
They'll play Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso. Last season's beaten finalists Saracens will tae on Munster, Sale Sharks and Clermont Auvergne.
Local rivals Leicester Tigers have been drawn with Scarlets, Ulster and reigning champions Toulon.
Thousands of people packed into Northampton town centre to welcome home the Saints rugby team after their victory in the Aviva Premiership final.
They beat Saracens at Twickenham - clinching victory in the final seconds of extra time.
The team took the trophy on an open top bus tour in front of thousands of fans.
Northampton Saints players have started their victory celebrations in the town.