Why is the Blackpool Tower Ballroom such a big deal on Strictly and can I visit?

STRICTLY Come Dancing returned to BBC One for its 17th series on September 7.

As always, mid-way through the competition the dancers will perform at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, a dancefloor which lets the contestants show off their skills at an iconic location where so many professionals have danced before them…

Where is the Tower Ballroom and can I visit it?

The ballroom is located inside the Blackpool Tower and really is an institution.

Standing proudly on the Blackpool seafront, the tower is an imposing 158 m tall and welcomes over 650,000 visitors per year – so yes you can visit it yourself!

The Tower was built in 1894 and the magical ballroom with its spectacular architecture and unique sprung floor is world-famous.

There is dancing on the celebrated floor every day and visitors can take a whirl themselves or watch others during one of the daily tea dances.

It forms the centrepiece to any series of Strictly Come Dancing and is the week that the celebrities strive for when they shimmy their first tentative steps on the show.

Why do the contestants get so excited about dancing there?

Before the celebrities even think about winning the competition, their sole aim is to get to Blackpool.

The trip is around mid-way through the competition and all the contestants covet the opportunity to perform in the iconic ballroom to show off what they've learned so far.

The venue is where the original Come Dancing series was filmed in the 1970s and the block wooden floor is famously springy underfoot (to reduce the impact on the dancers' joints).

The ballroom is far larger than the BBC Strictly studio at 11 sq m, and the celebrities feel a real excitement and honour to dance there.

For the professional dancers, it's a return to where many of them will have competed during their careers, with numerous national and international competitions being held there.

What are the best Strictly Come Dancing performances at Blackpool?

Who can forget Jill Halfpenny's winning Jive from series two in 2004?

Not necessarily the best performance, but certainly one of the most memorable was Ann Widdecombe's 2010 Samba.

Paired with Anton Du Beke the ex-MP wore one of her most famous outfits of her run on Strictly.  She didn't quite score the perfect 10s she was looking for, but she certainly entertained the fans.

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.

Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.



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PSG vs Real Madrid: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for huge Champions League clash – The Sun

REAL MADRID face PSG in a heavyweight Champions League clash in Paris.

Zinedine Zidane's side couldn't have asked for a tougher start to the tournament – but both teams will be confident of getting Group A with Club Brugge and Galatasaray for company.

What time is kick-off?

THIS group game is set for Wednesday, September 18.

Kick-off is at 8pm BST.

When the sides met in the last-16 back in 2018, Madrid won 2-1 here thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch PSG vs Real Madrid on?

YOU can catch this huge game live on BT Sport 2.

Coverage starts at 7.45pm, following Olympiakos vs Spurs in Group B.

If you're a BT customer, download the BT Sport app to stream wherever you are.

EE phone subscribers can also catch the action on the app by purchasing a monthly pass for £10 – just text SPORT to 150.

Spanish viewers can watch the match on Movistar Liga de Campeones or Mitele Plus.

Meanwhile, those based in France can tune into RMC Sport 1.

What is the team news?

NEYMAR netted on his return to the squad at the weekend – despite the PSG ultras unimpressed as his summer transfer saga.

And PSG have something of a forward crisis – the Brazilian is suspended, whilst both Kylian Mbappe or Edinson Cavani are out injured.

Eden Hazard is still searching for his first goal in Madrid colours – and will have to wait a bit longer after being ruled out by Zidane.

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Brit holidaymaker left in a coma in Ayia Napa after plunging from balcony

A British holidaymaker is in a coma after plunging from his apartment balcony in Ayia Napa.

The family of James Coltherd-Walls are trying to raise £27,000 to bring him home after the fall in the Cypriot party resort.

The 23-year-old electrician has a life-threatening bleed on the brain and has been in hospital for more than a month since the fall.

James, from Brighton, East Sussex, had come back to his holiday apartment after a boozy boat party and fell asleep on the balcony.

He then realised he’d accidentally locked himself out so tried to climb onto the roof of the next door restaurant but fell four metres to the ground and landed on his head.

He was immediately knocked unconscious by the fall and was rushed to hospital.

Despite not sustaining a single cut or bruise, doctors put a pad into his brain to check its pressure.

They then performed emergency surgery to stop the bleed on the brain.

Without the operation, its feared James would have died that night on August 16.

James’s mum Julie, girlfriend Cherish Burbridge and family friend Louise Coales rushed out to be at his bedside.

Louise, 39, who lives next door to the family and is also James’ boss, said: “James’ mum was in absolute pieces.

“She didn’t know what state she’d find her son in.”

Julie, a shop assistant, is desperate to get her son home but he needs an air ambulance, accompanied by a full team of doctors and nurses, to ensure he makes a safe journey home.

He was supposed to be flown home on Monday but there wasn’t a bed for him in the Royal Sussex County Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The family is now hoping he will fly out on Thursday.

To help raise funds, Louise set up a Go Fund Me page.

Since being set up on Monday, the page has raised an astonishing £23,700.

It has been inundated with donations and messages of support from strangers as well as family and friends wishing the 23-year-old a speedy recovery.

James works out at his local gym six times a week. One generous gym-buddy donated £13,000.

Louise said: “The response has been amazing, I couldn’t believe it. We reached our target in the first 18 hours, it was crazy.

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Remainer lawyer Gina Miller is flanked by bodyguards as she arrives at Supreme Court with government lawyers set to argue Parliament shutdown was ‘purely political’

REMAINER lawyer Gina Miller was flanked by bodyguards as she arrived at the Supreme Court for the second day of her showdown with Boris Johnson.

Miller was guarded by cops as she strode into the court this morning with the government’s lawyers set to argue the decision to shutdown Parliament was “purely political”.


The PM’s legal team, led by by Sir James Eadie QC, will also warn the 11 justices to stay neutral.

This comes after they made a 46-page submission where the lawyers stated stopping MPs from sitting for five weeks was a matter of “high policy”.

“The courts have no jurisdiction to enforce political conventions,” they said.

“Although they can recognise the operation of a political convention in deciding a legal question, such as the extent of a duty of confidentiality, they cannot give legal rulings on its operation or scope, because those matters are determined within the political world.”

Yesterday The PM’s top QC insisted it was not for the highest court in the country to rule on whether he was right or wrong to suspend Parliament.

The courts have no jurisdiction to enforce political conventions.

Lord Keen said the court would be guilty of “intrusion” in ruling on something that was “political convention”.

And he stormed: “The courts are not to cross the boundaries and intrude upon the proceedings of Parliament.”

It came at the start of an unprecedented three-day hearing that senior Tories fear could even force Mr Johnson to quit if it rules he misled the Queen when asking to suspend Parliament.

The court is hearing appeals from two separate cases brought in England and Scotland against the suspension which threaten to shake Westminster to its foundations.

Campaigners claim he froze Parliament to try and force through a No Deal Brexit – and silence ‘Remainers’.

Supreme Court President Lady Hale had opened the proceedings by insisting the justices would ignore “political” issues – and focus on the legality of the decision to prorogue.

Boris and his Cabinet have insisted the decision to suspend Parliament was to provide a break that would pave the way for a Queen’s Speech on October 14 and a new domestic agenda.


But Lord Pannick yesterday accused the PM’s prime motive was “to silence Parliament … because he sees Parliament as an obstacle to the furtherance of his political aims”.

And he insisted the PM’s extended suspension of debate was carried out for “improper purpose” to “avoid the risk of Parliament undermining the policies of his executive”.

He also accused the PM of running scared by refusing to provide a written statement to the court defending his decision.

He said documents before the court and Mr Johnson’s public statements were “at best from the Prime Minister’s view ambiguous”.

Lord Pannick said: “The legal consequences of such a witness statement would have been, almost inevitably, an application to cross examine.

“The legal consequences would be that it would be a contempt of court, of course, for such a witness statement not to tell the truth.”

If this court finds that the advice of the Prime Minister was unlawful, the Prime Minister will take all necessary steps to comply with any declaration made by the court.

But Lord Keen hit back at correspondence between the Government and Gina Miller’s legal team had explained the reason for ‘prorogation’ – and included Cabinet papers.

And he insisted that Parliament had been suspended for clear political reasons three times in the past century – 1914, 1930 and 1948 – without any intervention from courts.


Documents released in the Scottish court case earlier this month revealed Boris Johnson’s chief adviser on legislative affairs, Nikki da Costa, had on August 15 spelt out a plan to suspend Parliament in the week beginning September 9.

Downing Street only revealed the move at the end of the month.

Referring to Ms Da Costa’s memo, Lord Keen pointed out that Parliament had only lost “seven sitting days” on top of the usual mini-holiday for party conference season.

And he said that Ms Da Costa’s note that it would be impossible to bring MPs back on October 7 because of the SNP’s annual meeting with members proved the Government had looked at ending ‘prorogation’ on an earlier date.

Lord Keen added that MPs were fully aware the House could be suspended because they tried to amend legislation in Northern Ireland to ensure MPs could sit throughout September and early October.

The QC – the PM’s Advocate General for Scotland – insisted the PM would “take all necessary steps to comply with any declaration” made by the court when it passes its judgement.

But he stopped short of saying whether the PM – the “decision maker” – would immediately recall MPs.

No Prime Minister has abused his powers in the manner that we allege in the last 50 years, that is back to the development of modern principles of judicial review.

And he refused to rule out the prospect of a second prorogation. Challenged by the justices, he said: “I’m not in a position to comment on that at all.”

Earlier yesterday, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland also declined to comment on the idea of a second prorogation.

But he contradicted Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab by insisting the Government had not found a ‘loophole’ anti-No Deal legislation MPs believe will force Mr Johnston to extend Brexit beyond October 31.

He told Sky: “It forces the British government to accept an extension if we are offered one.”

Several hundred people massed outside the hearing, including veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby, 40 anti-Brexit demonstrators chanting “save our democracy, stop the coup and a man dressed as Robocop.

Charlie Rome, 35, was dressed as RoboCop — handcuffing the Hulk wearing a blond “Boris” wig after the PM had compared Britain to the superhero throwing off the shackles of the EU.

He said: “Robocop, he stood for the rule of law in a kind of dystopian future where there was corruption rife across the police and the corporations. I think it’s quite fitting at this quite worrying juncture in our parliamentary democracy.”

‘Remain’ campaigner Gina Miller left the courtroom to cheers – and boos – and was branded a “traitor” by pro-Brexit campaigners.

A single pro-Brexit supporter shouting “we voted to Leave” was ushered away from anti-Brexit protesters. As he walked away, the man shouted “we want our country back”.

The hearing continues today.

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Drunk X Factor hopeful, 25, found surrounded by beer and wine bottles in her Mercedes with baby – The Sun

AN X Factor hopeful has been found drunk behind the wheel of her Mercedes with a baby on the front seat.

Olympia Bea Dyson, who competed with One Direction for the 2010 X Factor, was surrounded by beer and wine bottles and lashed out when police tried to breathalyse her.

As a teenager, Dyson got through two auditions for the 2010 X Factor but in court on Monday it emerged Dyson, 25, is struggling with alcohol problems.

The court heard the singer had been arrested twice in two weeks.

She was first arrested when police found her in her car with a baby in Louth, Lincolnshire, 15 miles from her home and asking locals for directions to Skegness, 25 miles away.

Police said she was surrounded by empty bottles of beer and wine and the engine was still warm.

The baby was asleep on the front seat and the child’s car seat was discovered in the boot.

Dyson claimed she had been parked up in Louth for hours.

But when police tried to breathalyse her she threw the machine on the ground.

She then pulled an officer’s head backwards and scratched the policewoman's face with her fingernails as she was arrested.

Paul Wood, prosecuting at Boston Magistrates’ Court, told the court Dyson gave a reading of 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, almost three times the legal limit of 35.

Just nine days later Dyson was arrested in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, after reports of a drunken woman fighting with another woman.

Mr Wood said Dyson was on the ground, drunk and shouting abusive words when was arrested for the second time in less than two weeks.

The court heard Dyson complained her handcuffs were too tight and hurting her wrists and when an officer went to loosen them Dyson kicked her on the right thigh.

Later, in the police station, she is said to have kicked the officer again, this time on the shin.

Dyson, of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, admitted to drink-driving, being drunk while in charge of a child, and assaulting a police officer during the first incident on August 8, reports Lincolnshire Live.

She also admitted to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer in the second incident on August 17.

In mitigation, solicitor Lynford Fuller said Dyson is “an alcoholic from a family of alcoholics” who “binge drank without limits”, according to Grimsby Live.

Why should police officers be your battering ram?

Mr Fuller told the court that Dyson now suffers with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which had worsened since her last court appearance.

He said she has very little recollection of either of the incidents, but recognised she had a problem and had contacted agencies to help her with her alcohol addiction.

In January, in a separate incident, Dyson was given a community order, also for assaulting a police officer.

She was given an unpaid work order but only completed five of the 60 hours.

District judge Peter Veits told her: “Why should police officers be your battering ram?”

He said she was a “drunken woman who drove with a child in the car” and “deserved a prison sentence” but he was going to suspend it.

She was given a 24-week prison sentence suspended for one year, and was banned from driving for two years.

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The Big Bang Theory is heading to HBO Max in billion dollar deal

HBO Max has secured the streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the US, after pinching Friends from Netflix US too.

Ahead of the streaming platform’s launch in spring 2020, HBO has announced The Big Bang Theory will have its home on the platform for five years, in a deal which also extends the syndication deal between Warner Bros. Television and TBS to 2028.

According to Variety, the streaming rights deal is believed to be worth around $600 million (£481 million), while The Hollywood Reporter claims it could be upwards of $1 billion (£802 million) with the TBS syndication aspect.

In a statement, Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, said: ‘We’re thrilled that HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home for this comedy juggernaut when we launch in the spring of 2020.

‘This show has been a hit virtually around the globe, it’s one of the biggest shows on broadcast television of the last decade, and the fact that we get to bring it to a streaming platform for the first time in the US is a coup for our new offering.’

It’s important to note this is only the US streaming rights, with Netflix UK still streaming the sitcom on our shores for the time being.

This follows a number of landmark deals as streaming services compete to overthrow their rivals, with HBO Max reportedly paying $425 million (£340 million) to reclaim the rights for Friends from Netflix, while NBC Universal reportedly dished out $500 million for the rights to The Office.

Netflix has reportedly paid around $500 million (£400 million) to secure the rights to Seinfeld.

The Big Bang Theory came to an end after twelve seasons in May this year, and considering it was the biggest TV show on the box, it’s unsurprising the deal is worth such a staggering amount.

But will Netflix be able to maintain its streaming crown as other competitors join the field? With Disney+ and Apple TV Plus also on the horizon, the streaming war is only just beginning.

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix UK.

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Yankees piling up wins and injuries while defying logic

We are well past the point of reason. The Yankees keep falling, keep getting back up and keep falling back down again. That’s the way it happened with Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. With Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks. With CC Sabathia and Edwin Encarnacion.

And that’s the way it happened with Luis Severino and Dellin Betances. Except that — and at first telling, this sounds like the kind of mean-spirited joke that can get people banned from social media — it happened yet again to Betances during his 2019 debut on Sunday in Toronto, in which the relief pitcher pitched to two batters, struck out two batters — and somehow suffered a partial tear of his Achilles tendon doing a little jig of celebration upon fanning Brandon Drury.

You couldn’t even make up stuff like this, just as you couldn’t make it up that the Yankees are tied for the best record in baseball with the Astros at 99-53 despite having 30 players make trips — some multiple trips — to the injured list. It makes no sense.

To fracture the phrase invented by Mariano Duncan during the 1996 world championship season, the 2019 Yankees play today, they win today, they get hurt today. Das it! The Yankees get hurt in spring training (Betances and Luis Severino), they get hurt in the U.S. (many), get hurt in Canada (Betances), they get hurt in the United Kingdom (Voit), and they get hurt in fall training (Betances, again).

One goes down, another pops up. In this case, though, as Betances went down again, Severino got back up. He started and went four encouraging innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 victory over the Angels in The Bronx. It was the right-hander’s first appearance on a major league mound in approximately 11 months, since he started and was pounded in the Yankees’ Game 3 ALDS 16-1 defeat to the Red Sox last Oct. 8.

There had been rotator cuff issues in the spring followed by lat issues that developed during Severino’s rehab, both in early April and again in late June. The Yankees, vulnerable in their rotation if vulnerable anywhere, went through the season without their titular ace — the man chosen to start wild-card games in both 2017 and 2018 — throwing a pitch.

Tuesday, he threw 67 of them through four shutout innings in which he hit 98 mph on his four-seamer, got seven swings-and-misses, struck out four and walked two while allowing just a pair of singles. He had command of his fastball and slider while mixing in the changeup. Best of all, there were no accidents on the mound … no injuries … at least none that could be identified by night’s end.

“It was exciting being back on the mound,” said the 25-year-old, who had a pair of previous rehab starts at Double-A plus one at Triple-A. “I felt very comfortable out there. I’ve been looking forward to this since spring training. It’s been a long road back.”

If Severino avoids setbacks over the final 10 days of the season — easier said than done in the current Yankees universe — he will play a prominent role in the postseason. He could become a full-fledged starter (whatever that truly means in the 2019 definition of the role) in a rotation that will feature James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka if he can gain some additional length through two more regular-season appearances. Or maybe he could become an ersatz opener, sent out to throw flames for four or five innings. Whatever, he will be an important invitee to the post-season jamboree.

The same cannot be said for Betances, who had been set to join Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle to form a platinum-plated bullpen bridge to closer Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees had Betances in their back pocket all season, hopeful and prepared to unleash him at the year’s most important time. He was going to be a weapon, all right. Now, not.

Severino would come back, so would Betances, so would Stanton and the Yankees would go into the postseason with a look pretty darn different from the ones that created so much success throughout the season. Best laid plans and all that.

“Fluke,” is what Aaron Boone called the injury to Betances.

Typical, is more like it, as the manager and his team turn toward attempting to integrate Stanton into the picture for the first time since he left the lineup with a knee injury on June 25. The outfielder has played nine games. He’s had 38 plate appearances on the year. And the Yankees expect him to be a player for the postseason.

We’ll see. We’ll see if Stanton, who will be activated either Wednesday or Thursday, can survive fall training.

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Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury's among UK supermarkets selling corned beef linked to illegal destruction of Amazon rainforest

SUPERMARKETS have been slammed by environmental investigators for selling beef products from a company linked to the illegal destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Iceland and Co-Op were all found to be selling cans of corned beef associated with Brazilian company JBS.

The tins included supermarket own-brand labels and ones from food manufacturer Princes.

In May this year, Friends of the Earth went into supermarkets in London and Bristol and cross-linked product codes back to their supply chains.

Their research tied several products back to JBS slaughterhouse and the group claims these are still being sold in UK supermarkets today.

The Amazon rainforest has been ravaged in recent weeks by devastating wildfires with more than 93,000 fires alight, according to the last count from the National Institute of Space Research.

While in July, the rate of deforestation hit its highest rate in a decade.

Official figures from Brazil showed 7,900 sq km of the rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018 – the same as roughly five times the size of London.

JBS was fined $7.7million (£6.2million) in 2017 for buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land between 2013 and 2016.

And according to a report from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, it is continuing to sell cattle raised on deforested land.

However, the meat supplier has denied this is the case.

Alasdair Roxburgh, from Friends of the Earth, told The Sun: “It's not something people are used to thinking about, but it's something we need to think about.

"The reason why these fires are happening is to feed the West."

Alasdair said Friends of the Earth didn't have an exact number of products linked to JBS still being sold in the supermarkets.

But they found Princes products associated with the meat supplier in Iceland, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.

While own-brand products linked to JBS were being sold in Morrisons, Co-Op and Lidl.

A spokesperson from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) commenting on behalf of Co-op, Lidl, Sainsbury's and Iceland said: “Illegal deforestation is completely unacceptable, and retailers are collaborating to tackle deforestation and drive greater uptake of certified sustainable products in their supply chains.

“The retail industry understands consumers need assurance that the products they buy are environmentally responsible and do not contribute to deforestation.

“Retailers are working with suppliers to move to more sustainable sourcing by providing them with access to training and more information."

Back in 2018, more than 25 UK retailers joined the BRC in setting a new sustainability action plan to tackle global challenges by 2030.

A Waitrose spokesperson told us: "All our own brand corned beef is 100 per cent British and from farmers we know.

"Princes supplies us with its brand of tinned corned beef and has previously responded to these allegations.

"We take deforestation very seriously and would stop working with any supplier that does not share our values or practice the high standards we expect."

Morrisons has yet to respond.

Princes denied that the beef they use comes from illegally deforested areas.

A spokesperson said: “We require that all Brazilian sourced beef must come from suppliers that undertake and publish annual independent audits to ensure no purchases are made from farms that have illegally deforested native forests in the Amazon biome after October 2009.”

“We continually review our relationships with all suppliers, including JBS, based on our required standards for our global suppliers, including prohibiting forced labour and illegal deforestation.”

A spokesperson from JBS said it doesn't allow cattle from farms contributing to Amazon deforestation to enter its supply chain.

They told The Sun the company has blocked more than 7,000 potential suppliers due to noncompliance.

The spokesperson added: "JBS has an unwavering commitment to combat, discourage and eliminate deforestation in the Amazon region.

"We have a zero deforestation policy in the Amazon and prohibit cattle from deforested farms in the region from entering our supply chain.

"When a noncompliance with our policies is identified, we take decisive action."

The Sun has rounded up all the latest on the Amazon rainforest fires right here.

It comes as experts warned the Amazon wildfires could push planet to a "point of no return".

A video posted by the country's defence ministry later showed a military plane raining water down onto fires below.

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Eddie Jones sucks on giant crab and eats noodles in hilarious Rugby World Cup ad

EDDIE JONES sucks on a giant crab leg and slurps noodles in a video to promote the Japan World Cup.

The Japanese tourism board signed up the half-Japanese hero and former Brave Blossoms boss to boost visitor numbers ahead of this year’s event.

Jones is seen walking through Sapporo, where England play their first game against Tonga on September 22.

Picking up a giant crab at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, he holds it to the camera before grabbing a leg and sucking the meat from it.

Previously, though, Jones has been far from complimentary about the city.

When the draw was announced he said: “Sapporo is a bit different — it’s not a rugby city and in the  middle of nowhere. We won’t be spending too much time there.”

He is also filmed wandering through Susukino, the entertainment district, slurping a bowl of noodles in Ramen Alley.

Still hungry, Jones scoffs through a mutton BBQ in Jingisukan, before his big speaking part where he nails a thumbs-up and says to the camera: “Try Japan!”

Red Rose fans will be hoping Jones still has his appetite on Saturday week, this time for an Italian when Conor O’Shea’s Azzurri come to Twickenham in the Six Nations.

Bath duo Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill will both join the England squad today for medical checks.

The players are in Oxford for a four-day camp, including two training against Georgia and their giant pack.

Winger Watson has been out for 11 months with an Achilles problem. Back-row Underhill had an ankle op in January after damaging ligaments.

Their team-mate Charlie Ewels will also train as cover for crocked Courtney Lawes.

Meanwhile, Wales have leapfrogged England to third in the world rankings after Saturday’s 21-13 victory in Cardiff. New Zealand remain top of the pile, with Ireland second.

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Arsenal players night out in Mayfair after Watford horror show was ENCOURAGED by Unai Emery – The Sun

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery reportedly sanctioned a night out for his flops after they threw away a two-goal lead against Watford.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was pictured leaving the Libertine nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning after the squad dined at Mayfair nightspot Novikov.

And the Daily Mail insists Emery gave the OK as he tries to build team spirit in his camp amid reports of dressing-room unrest.

Monday was a day off for the Gunners but some fans questioned whether they should have gone out on the tiles after a dire performance.

Aubameyang scored twice in 32 minutes to leave Arsenal on track for a morale-boosting away victory.

But despite dominating the game, some all-too-familiar dodgy defending allowed the Hornets back in.

Emery is keen on his team playing out from the back but Sokratis' ball to Matteo Guendouzi was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu, who teed-up Tom Cleverley.

And David Luiz's foul on Roberto Pereyra inside the area saw the Watford man level from the spot with nine minutes left.

The Hornets had chances to win the game as Abdoulaye Doucoure shot straight at Bernd Leno after a lung-busting run from his own half.

Arsenal travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday before hosting Aston Villa at the weekend.



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