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Saints prop doubt for All Blacks clash

Corbisiero: Injury doubt Credit: PA

Northampton Saints' Alex Corbisiero is a doubt ahead of England's clash with the All Blacks on Saturday.

Corbisiero faces a key training session later this afternoon that should determine his availability to face New Zealand at Twickenham as he continues his comeback from a knee problem.

"We're monitoring Alex now. He's normally a one session per game player, especially on a Tuesday when we do two heavy sessions," forwards coach Graham Rowntree said.

"We'll know more after we've monitored him this afternoon. As far as I'm concerned we're still as we are for the weekend."

The Northampton prop completed a routine meeting with a specialist on Monday night after playing the second half of last Saturday's victory over Argentina.

Rowntree said: "It's nothing out of the ordinary, it's part of his knee management in conjunction with Northampton and our team physios."


Pisi cited for dangerous tackle during international

Northampton Saints' George Pisi Credit: PA

Samoa centre George Pisi has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Ireland wing Tommy Bowe.

The Northampton player was yellow-carded by referee Steve Walsh following the incident just before half-time in Saturday's clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Pisi faces a disciplinary hearing in London on Tuesday, with an independent three-person panel to be appointed by Six Nations disciplinary panel chairman Professor Lorne Crerar.


Bishop's Stortford hoping to sample magic of FA Cup

Bishop's Stortford have been preparing for their big moment in the spotlight this weekend, when the ITV cameras are in town to televise their FA Cup first round tie with Nortampton Town.

The part-timers will fancy their chances of upsetting their League Two opponents.

And you can see if Bishop's Stortford can cause an upset live on ITV, with coverage starting on ITV1 at 13.30 on Sunday.

  1. Donovan Blake

Cobblers determined to avoid FA Cup upset

The first round of the FA Cup gets underway this weekend and Northampton Town will be hoping to avoid an upset in their televised clash with Bishop's Stortford on Sunday.

The tie has all the ingredients of a tough afternoon for the Cobblers, with Aidy Boothroyd's side currently sitting at the bottom on League Two and their opponents having already knocked out higher league opposition in the shape of Forest Green last month.

Meanwhile, Biggleswade Town are looking forward to playing in the first round for the first time in their history as they get set to take on Stourbridge, whilst Corby Town will have a female referee in charge of their fixture with Dover Athletic.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

You can see if Northampton can make it safely through to the next round live on ITV Sport, with coverage starting at 13.30 on Sunday.

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