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West Coast Main Line 'returning to normal'

The West Coast Main Line is "returning to normal" after floods caused severe delays on Wednesday, Network Rail said.

Several sections of railway flooded when the River Avon burst its banks, including two tunnels south of Rugby.

Temporary speed restrictions were put in place to keep trains running safely through the affected locations.

Network Rail said the River Avon at Rugby recorded its highest ever level at 10pm on Wednesday, peaking at 3.6m. This beat its previous high of 3.53m in April 1998.

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Lawes out of England 6 Nations squad to face Ireland

Courtney Lawes and Eddie Jones Credit: PA Images

Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes has been dropped from the England squad to face Ireland at Twickenham.

Lawes misses out in favour of Saracens' Maro Itoje.

It means that Lawes, can play in Northampton's Aviva Premiership clash with Worcester on Saturday.

England Squad: Forwards D Cole (Leicester Tigers), J Clifford (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints, capt), J Haskell (Wasps), P Hill (Northampton Saints), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), J Marler (Harlequins), C Robshaw (Harlequins), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens).

Backs: M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), E Daly (Wasps), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Bath Rugby), A Goode (Saracens), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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