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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.


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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Worcester and England rugby star set to break new record

This weekend one of England's most respected female rugby players could make history by making more appearances for her country than any other woman in rugby history.

World Cup winner Rochelle Clarke, or Rocky as she's known, plays her club rugby here in the Midlands at Worcester. She's already earned more caps for England than any other player, male or female, but isn't finished breaking records just yet. Melissa Wright reports.

Report: Stars inaugurated into Rugby hall of fame

Some of the biggest stars of World Rugby have been in the town which gave the sport it's name, as the the World Rugby Hall of Fame was officially opened.

This is the first time it's had a permanent base and to help mark the event 12 more sporting greats were inducted. Our Sports Correspondent Steve Clamp was there.

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