England expected to drop Dylan Hartley

Hartley was handed a four week ban on Wednesday.

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England are expected to announce they have dropped Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.

Press Association Sport understands England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday's Twickenham clash.

Northampton front-rower Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.

Welsh centre Davies out of World Cup

Davies will miss the tournament.

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Wales have suffered a major injury blow with the loss of centre Jonathan Davies from their 2015 World Cup campaign.

Davies ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee playing for Clermont Auvergne against Montpellier.

The Welsh Rugby Union said on Wednesday that 27-year-old Davies will undergo surgery and is likely to be sidelined for six to seven months.