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England's Rugby World Cup training squad for their Colorado training camp has been reduced from 50 to 45, with Stephen Myler, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje and Ed Slater returning to their clubs on standby and Nick Easter remaining at Harlequins for treatment on a sore back, the Rugby Football Union has announced.
England's opening World Cup match against Fiji, and every other game throughout the tournament, will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV4.
Stuart Lancaster removed Dylan Hartley from his Rugby World Cup plans after losing patience with the England hooker's inability to address his self-destructive streak.
Hartley is unavailable for the tournament opener against Fiji on September 18 after receiving a four-week ban for head-butting Jamie George during Northampton's Premiership play-off defeat by Saracens last Saturday.
The 29-year-old's career has been blighted by a total of 54 weeks of suspension and Lancaster admits his latest disciplinary lapse left him with no choice but to drop Hartley.
"Clearly there comes a point when you think, actually, this message isn't really getting through. Dylan is going to suffer a huge price now," Lancaster said.
"He has got two or three years left at least at the highest level. It is down to him to prove he can control his emotions in those big moments because you have to have it as an elite player.
"You have to be able to play in big games where big decisions matter and emotions are running high and you have to be able to control them. If Northampton had made the final he would have missed the final.
"Can he make the good decisions under pressure in the big moments? You've got to trust that the players can do that. He's shown that there's an inconsistency there."
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has admitted it is unlikely Luther Burrell will be fit for the opening Test of the autumn with New Zealand after the Northampton centre sustained a hand injury.
Burrell, who has seven caps, was withdrawn shortly after half-time of Northampton's European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys with an injury to his right hand.
Burrell is still to join up with England's squad at Pennyhill Park in Surrey and will see a specialist on Tuesday to discuss a scan, but time is running out for him to face the All Blacks, the reigning world champions, at Twickenham on November 8.
"I think it would be tight for New Zealand, if I'm being honest," Lancaster said.
"He's not been in camp this week at all. He's seeing the specialist and it will probably unfold over the weekend.
"He's still in the equation further down the line. He's definitely not out the series. We'll see how he goes.
"If the specialist is positive, then potentially he could come back into camp next week, but he won't have done any of the work.
"It would be a big step to put him in (against New Zealand)."
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Sir Alex Ferguson is set to cheer on fellow Scot Andy Murray at Wimbledon today.
The former Manchester United manager is in the royal box on centre court alongside England football manager Roy Hodgson and England Rugby Union coach Stuart Lancaster.
Murray will face Spain's Fernando Verdasco on centre court after the David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro match.
I am absolutely thrilled for Stuart and we have all been thoroughly impressed by his professional approach, vision and dedication to achieving the best for English rugby from the day he was appointed Interim Head Coach. Stuart is tremendously popular with the players and quickly earned their respect and trust through his honesty, humility and strong work ethic. It is to his and his coaching teams immense credit that they helped to transform the outlook and fortunes of the England squad and have instilled such a strong confidence and culture within the squad in such a short space of time.