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.
It looks more like a scene from summer, (which is still a little more than just around the corner) as this photo from one ITV Central viewer shows with this lesser seen, early evening sky.
The pink speckled cloud cover over Rugby this evening lit up the early evening sky, thank you to Nicki Emery for sharing.
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 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.
The Premier League and Football League games taking place today across the Midlands, along with the action in rugby's Aviva Premiership.Read the full story ›
England prop Dan Cole will return to the Leicester Tigers matchday squad for the first time since returning from England duty.Read the full story ›
A woman has written a letter to Santa, asking for new lungs and appealing for more people to become organ donors.Read the full story ›
Seven Midlands players have been named in England's starting line-up against Australia today.Read the full story ›
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.
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.