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Worcester Warriors v La Rochelle match to go ahead

A number of sporting fixtures in France have been postponed after the attacks across Paris in which at least 128 people were killed.

All European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches set to be played in France this weekend have been called off.

However the French Football Federation said Tuesday's international friendly against England at Wembley would go ahead following three days of national mourning.

The European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures that have been postponed include Glasgow Warriors' match against Racing 92 and Bath's trip to Toulon that was scheduled for tomorrow.

Saturday's two Challenge Cup matches in England involving French sides will go ahead.

Worcester Warriors host La Rochelle, while London Irish take on Agen.

Northampton's Jim Mallinder reportedly in running for England job

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:


Worcester fans in disbelief after last night's shock win

This was the reaction of Worcester Warriors fans as they left Sixfields last night, after they watchedtheir men steal a place in the Aviva Premiership with a try in the last minute of the game.

After a conversion from Ryan Lamb, the score on the night finished 30 all, but meant that Worcester won by the slimmest of margins on aggregate 59-58.

Worcester Warriors in nail-biting Championship win

Worcester's Agustin Creevy, Chris Pennell and Alex Grove celebrate after victory in the Play Off Final, second leg match at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Credit: PA

Worcester Warriors are back in the Premiership after a thrilling Championship final against Bristol at Sixways.

Worcester's Chris Pennell goes over to score their third try during the Play Off Final, second leg match at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Credit: PA

Just a single point separated the teams ahead of the second game, but Bristol looked like they'd done enough after three quick tries put them fourteen points up with ten minutes to go.

Worcester's Ryan Lamb celebrates kicking the winning conversion during the Play Off Final, Credit: PA

But a last ditch try from Chris Pennell put Worcester within touching distance and Ryan Lamb kept a cool head to convert to put the Warriors back in the Premiership. It finished Worcester 58 - Bristol 58.

Worcester's Tom Biggs, Ben Howard, Cooper Vuna, Ryan Bower and Leonardo Senatore celebrate after victory Credit: PA

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.

Worcester win Championship final in last minute

Chris Pennell scored the final try with seconds to go Credit: ITV News Central

In a thrilling last few minutes Worcester Warriors scored a try in the dying seconds of the game to bring to win the Championship final against Bristol at Sixways.

Chris Pennell scored the final try with seconds to go, before a conversion left the score at 59-58.


Play underway in Worcester's shot at the Premiership

Fans at Sixways as Worcester Warriors take on Bristol in the Championship final Credit: ITV News Central
Flags are flying at Sixways Credit: ITV News Central
The Greene King Championship trophy which could be Worcester's after 80 minutes Credit: ITV News Central
Fans with their beers in as game play gets underway Credit: ITV News Central

Aviva Premiership: Northampton Saints v Harlequins teams

Northampton Saints' Stephen Myler lines up a conversion. Credit: oe Giddens/PA Images

Northampton Saints: Foden; K Pisi, G Pisi, Burrell, north; Myler, L Dickson; A Waller, Haywood, Ma'afu; Dickinson, Day; Clark, Wood (capt), Manoa

Replacements: McMillan, Corbisiero, Denman, Nutley, Dowson, Fotuali'i, Wilson, Stephenson

Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Hopper, Lowe, Monye; Swiel, Care; Lambert, Ward, Collier; Matthews, Robson; Trayfoot, Clifford, Easter (capt)

Replacements: Gray, Marfo, Sinckler, Twomey, J Chisholm, Dickson, Casson, R Chisholm

Rugby fans in high spirits before Northampton Saints v Harlequins

Northampton Saints fans are in high spirits ahead of the game against Harlequins, at Twickenham, which starts at 4.30pm.

Wasps hoping for record turnout in first game at Ricoh

Wasps in training at the Ricoh Arena earlier this week Credit: ITV News Central

Wasps are hoping to break the attendance record for a regular Premiership Rugby fixture as they prepare to play their first home game at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

More than 27,000 people are expected for Sunday's game against London Irish.

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