Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley is reportedly among the frontrunners to captain England under the regime of new head coach Eddie Jones.
Despite accumulating an extensive list of disciplinary suspensions totalling more than a year throughout his career, Hartley is rumored to be one of the leading candidates to take over the captaincy.
He would take over from former Chris Robshaw, who led the side throughout the tenure of previous coach Stuart Lancaster.
Saints have been replaced at the top of Pool Three by Racing Metro after they were beaten comfortably 33-3 in their European Champions Cup match.
Prospects of progressing from their group could well rest on next week's reserve fixture at Franklin's Gardens , as Northampton suffered their first defeat in five games.
The Saints improved in the late stages of the game, enjoying more possession of the ball, but Racing's quality was just too much, with tries coming from Chavancy, Ben Arous, Dulin and Imhoff.
Northampton Saints secured a much needed second win of the season tonight, claiming a 15-3 victory over Gloucester.
There were no tries in the match, with all points coming courtesy of penalty kicks from fly halves Stephen Myler and Billy Twelvetrees.
Myler's fifteen points were enough to secure the win, which lifts Saints to fifth in the table.
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Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder has declined to comment on speculation he could succeed Stuart Lancaster as England Head Coach.
Most bookmakers have Mallinder among the frontrunners to take over. However there is speculation English rugby's governing body, the RFU, may go for an overseas candidate.
Kieran Brookes was one of three Northampton Saints players who featured in England's failed World Cup campaign. He says he's not surprised about the speculation given Mallinder's skill as a coach:
Northampton Saints have announced the signing of France and Toulouse star Louis Picamoles for next season.
Number 8 Picamoles was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup last month.
He scored in their 13-62 loss against New Zealand in the knockout stages of the tournament.
“It is going to be an honour to become part of a club as prestigious as the Saints. I’m really looking forward to learn more about the club, my future team mates, to play in the Aviva Premiership and to immerse myself in the English culture, especially my first big derby against Leicester!"
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Three Northampton Saints players have been named in the Samoan side to face South Africa at Villa Park on Saturday.
Ken Pisi starts on the wing, while brother George is named among the substitutes. Scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i also makes the starting fifteen.
Samoa are currently second in Pool B on four points.
England and Northampton Saints player Tom Wood has said the team want to take 'full advantage' of playing their games in front of a home crowd.
The Coventry-born back row will be starting in tonight's game against Fiji at Twickenham.
Midlands players selected for the World Cup squad, and those who missed out, have been tweeting their reaction to today's squad announcement:
Over the moon and unbelievably honoured to be selected in the WC squad! Exciting times ahead!! Thank you for all the messages ???
Emotional day in camp. Couldn't be more proud to make to squad but feel for all those that miss out so narrowly.Thank you for all ur support