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Musselburgh will fill the vacant place in the Scottish Premiership Second Division next season. The opportunity arises in the wake of the merger of GHK and Glasgow Academicals to form a new club, Glasgow Hawks, to compete in the SRU Championship. As a result, the second-placed teams in National League divisions one to four will also be promoted.

The Newcastle manager, Rob Andrew, has completed the signing of the England A wing, Jim Naylor, from Orrell.

A consortium of Irish businessmen is seeking to take over London Irish and put pounds 1m into the Courage League First Division club. A decision on the bid will be made at an extraordinary general meeting of club members a week today.