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Northampton Saints sign French star Louis Picamoles

Louis Picamoles is one of the stars of French rugby Credit: PA

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!"

– Louis Picamoles

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Three Northampton Saints named in Samoa side for Springboks clash

Northampton Saints brother Ken and George Pisi are in the squad for the South Africa game Credit: PA

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.

Players tweet reactions to World Cup selection

Tom Wood has made the squad Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Midlands players selected for the World Cup squad, and those who missed out, have been tweeting their reaction to today's squad announcement:

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Dylan Hartley dropped from England squad

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad following his ban for headbutting, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Hartley was handed a four week ban on Wednesday. Credit: PA

England have dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad after his latest misdemeanour, a headbutt on Jamie George.

Northampton front-rower 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 set to be axed from World Cup squad

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.

Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes look like they're over Credit: PA

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 handed 4 week ban: World Cup in doubt

Dylan Hartley has been handed a 4 week ban Credit: PA

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.

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