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Brentford part company with boss after eight games

Marinus Dijkhuizen has left already. Credit: PA

Head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen has left Brentford after just eight games in charge of the Championship club.

The Dutchman was installed at Griffin Park over the summer as the club attempted to initiate a moneyball style approach to football, but with with the Bees currently in 19th place they have opted to change their head coach.

Former Derby and Everton midfielder Lee Carsley has been made head coach until the end of the season.


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England win World Cup opener against Fiji

England have made a successful start to their Rugby World Cup campaign, beating Fiji, 35-11, at Twickenham.

Mike Brown scored twice in the World Cup opener Credit: PA Wire

However, England's less-than-convincing display will have left Australia and Wales scenting the hosts' blood.

Two Mike Brown tries, a penalty try and a last-gasp Billy Vunipola score saw England prevail, but Stuart Lancaster's men will need to improve dramatically ahead of next week's clash with Wales to maintain hopes of advancing from Pool A ahead of their neighbours and the Wallabies.

Fiji were a nuisance and, but for missed kicks, might have pushed England closer, but instead had to settle for Nemani Nadolo's try and two penalties.

Londoners advised to avoid Twickenham trains as World Cup gets underway

Londoners were reminded tonight to try and avoid train services around Twickenham as the Rugby World Cup gets underway.

A message at stations warned services would be exceptionally busy and passengers were advised to make alternative arrangements. Official advice from South West Trains says:

  • Stations and trains will be exceptionally busy in the afternoon and evening
  • Travel before 4pm if possible
  • Leave plenty of time plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Due to exceptionally high numbers of people travelling, passengers may not be able to catch their intended train
  • Be prepared to either queue for a train or wait for a train that has space
  • Be prepared for other crowd management controls to be in place, including one-way systems and temporary changes to station entrances and exits.

We know thousands of supporters are looking forward to the Rugby World Cup and we have done absolutely everything we can to make sure we provide the best possible service for everybody during the tournament."

Our preparations started more than two years ago and a huge amount of work has already taken place to ensure we have extra trains, more staff and extensive information available this Friday and throughout the tournament.

However it is important that all passengers, including rugby supporters, realise that this Friday is a unique situation as rugby supporters will be travelling during the already extremely busy Friday evening peak period.

– Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for South West Trains
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World Cup win inspires upsurge in women playing rugby

England kick-off the Rugby World Cup this week with the best teams and players in the men's game battling to lift the Webb-Ellis trophy.

But the sport is proving increasingly popular with women too. Last year the England team won the World Cup, inspiring an upsurge in girls and women taking part.

ITV News' Debi Edward reports from north London:

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