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Dylan Hartley remains England captain for Six Nations

Hartley remains captain Credit: PA

Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley has been confirmed as England captain for the forthcoming Six Nations tournament.

Hartley will continue as skipper for the Grand Slam defence despite being sent off for striking Sean O'Brien during Northampton's defeat by Leinster in December, an offence that resulted in a six-week suspension.

Under his captaincy, England went unbeaten for an entire calendar year last year.

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Four and a half years prison for jewellery burglar

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A man from Derby has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for a burglary that took place in Dunchurch near Rugby.

Ricky Lee Allen, aged 38 of Thurrows Way, Chellaston, appeared at Warwick Crown Court in relation to the offence.

The burglary took place at a home in Dunchurch, near Rugby, on 5 April last year and a quantity of jewellery and currency was stolen.

Gloucester suffer narrow loss to Harlequins

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Gloucester suffered a narrow 28-24 defeat at Twickenham against Harlequins this afternoon in what proved to be a tense fixture.

Gareth Evans, James Hook and Motu Matu'u all scored for the Cherry and Whites, leaving them just four points adrift of Harlequins in the game's final minutes.

But they failed to convert pressure in their opponents' half into points and ultimately fell just short.

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