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England fans 'backing Wales' as host team bows out

Many England fans will backing Wales as they take on Australia in Twickenham Credit: Reuters

Large numbers of England fans will be backing Wales now that their team is heading out of the Rugby World Cup, according to a survey commissioned by bookmaker William Hill.

Of those surveyed, 24% said they would be following Wales for the rest of the tournament.

England are due to play Uruguay in Manchester late on Saturday, in what will be their final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but the fixture has lost much of its appeal for fans since England's defeat by Australia.

Wales, meanwhile, are due to play Australia at Twickenham at 4.45pm, and appear able to rely on a good deal of support from England fans.



Sam Allardyce appointed new Sunderland boss

Sunderland have named Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The Premier League club announced the news on Friday evening, having opened talks with him in a bid to replace Dick Advocaat, who left his post last Sunday.

The news of Allardyce's arrival to the Stadium of Light means the Black Cats will have someone in place ahead of their trip to West Brom on October 17.

Allardyce has been on holiday in Spain as Sunderland's interest in him became an open secret, but chairman Ellis Short has persuaded him to resume his career on Wearside following his exit from West Ham after four years at the end of last season.

Short said on Sunderland's official website: "I am very pleased to welcome Sam to our football club."

Uefa open disciplinary proceedings against Scotland

A spectator is led away after invading the pitch. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish Football Association for its handling of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Poland at Hampden Park.

The governing body listed "insufficient organisation", "field invasions by supporters" and "stairways blocked" among its concerns that arose during the 2-2 draw.

The same action is being taken against the Polish Football Federation.

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