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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 Warriors could be promoted with a win

Worcester Warriors could be promoted to Rugby's Premiership this evening if they manage another win over Bristol.

Worcester's players preparing for the final Credit: ITV News Central

The Warriors won the first leg of the Championship final by just a single point, thanks to the last kick of the game flying between the posts.

Another win against Bristol in the home leg would see them promoted, and bounce straight back to the top flight, after they were relegated last season.

Warriors fans will be hoping to celebrate in these stands later Credit: ITV News Central

Director of Rugby, Dean Ryan, has already said the same 15 players who started the first leg will also start this evening at the Sixways Stadium.

Speaking to the club website, he said he is expecting another close game.

We will need the same levels of intensity again this week and it'll be a pretty lively clash.

It's huge. We've managed to get the game here on an even wicket and now we need margin and every person in Worcester to give us a chance. It's by no means going to be easy.

It's better to have a slight advantage but we've got to remember the first leg game means nothing now."

– Dean Ryan, Director of Rugby, Worcester Warriors


Robber steals cash from Rugby McDonald's

London Road in Rugby Credit: Google Maps

A man walked into a branch of McDonald's yesterday before jumping over the counter and demanding staff open the safe.

It happened at around 11:30pm last night at the restaurant on London Road in Rugby.

The robber cleared out the safe and then made off on foot across the A45.

Nobody was injured but police are asking witnesses to come forward.

The robber is white, of a medium build, in his early to mid 20s, 5 foot 6, with his face covered. He was wearing dark clothing, a black padded jacket, jeans and trainers.

Baljeev search police: 'A very difficult six months'

Warwickshire Police have issued the following statement after the body of missing Baljeev Johal was recovered from the River Leam in Rugby.

The 24-year-old, from Nottingham, had been missing for six months.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time, we ask that they are given the time they need to grieve in peace. Warwickshire Police and the family would like to extend our thanks to the community and all who have been involved in the investigation to find Baljeev for their continued support over what has been a very difficult six months.

– DI Jason Downes, Warwickshire Police
Baljeev Johal Credit: Warwickshire Police

Body of man missing for six months found in river

The body of a man who has been missing for six months has been recovered from the River Leam in Rugby.

Baljeev Johal Credit: ITV News Central

24-year-old Baljeev Johal, from Nottingham, was reported missing on 5 October 2014 from Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

His body was found on Monday 6 April, a day after the six month anniversary of his disappearance.

Baljeev Johal Credit: Warwickshire Police

He and his parents had been at a pre-wedding celebration in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, but when they went to leave, Baljeev's father said there was a brief argument about who would drive home, and Baljeev walked off.

His disappearance was described as 'completely out of character'.

21,000 tickets sold for Wasps v Leicester Tigers

Wasps have today announced they have already sold over 21,000 tickets for ‘The Stinger’ - the Club’s end of season battle against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 9th May.

It is a potentially massive game for both sides with vital spots in the Aviva Premiership table resting on the result Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

It is a potentially massive game for both sides with vital spots in the Aviva Premiership table resting on the result.

As part of the day Wasps also plan to distribute 15,000 Ashley Johnson wigs for fans to masquerade as the Ricoh Arena favourite.

The wigs form part of a charity campaign to raise money for Wasps Academy’s charity partner, the Brain Tumour Charity.

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