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.
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.
Billy Vunipola has thanked his strict parents for turning his England fortunes around after being named in Stuart Lancaster's 2015 World Cup training squad.
Stuart Lancaster has defended the omission of overseas-based players from his World Cup training squad by arguing their selection would only weaken the English game.
Sam Burgess has been named in England's 50-man World Cup training squad which will be whittled down to 31 in late August.
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has omitted Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez and Racing Metro wing Teddy Thomas from a 36-man World Cup training squad announced on Tuesday.
Jason Robinson does not believe the rules should be altered to accommodate Steffon Armitage or Nick Abendanon in England's rugby World Cup squad.