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England complete Schmidt's World Cup warm-up schedule


Martin Castrogiovanni

Martin Castrogiovanni

Martin Castrogiovanni

Ireland will conclude a busy World Cup warm-up schedule next year by tackling England at Twickenham.

The Irish Rugby Football Union announced yesterdnesday that head coach Joe Schmidt and his players will face a four-Test programme ahead of the tournament.

Ireland's opening game in the Guinness Summer Series will be against Wales in Cardiff on August 8, followed by successive home appointments with Scotland (August 15) and Wales again(August 29), before meeting England on September 5.

Ireland's opening World Cup clash sees them take on Canada in Cardiff on September 19. Their other pool opponents are Italy, Romania and France.

Suspended ban for Castrogiovanni

Toulon's former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni has received a suspended four-match ban after he admitted a misconduct complaint, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.

Castrogiovanni has also been ordered to pay €10,000 to charity in Leicester following his post-match comments aimed at the Premiership club and their rugby director Richard Cockerill after Toulon's 25-21 European Champions Cup defeat against the Tigers earlier this month.

The Italy international's ban is suspended until April 30 2016, and will be activated "in the event of any off-field misconduct complaint being successfully brought against him", EPCR said.

Saints duo sign up

England forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have both signed new contracts with Aviva Premiership champions Northampton.

Saints announced the deals among a raft of seven fresh contracts, with flanker Calum Clark, props Alex Waller, Ethan Waller and Gareth Denman, plus lock James Craig. also putting pen to paper.