Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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ENGLAND'S World Cup squad were in action yesterday when the majority of the 34 players underwent fitness testing at Bath University. Most hit their targets for this time of year. Will Carling, the captain, said: 'I have never been so fit on the first day of a new season.' The next tests are scheduled for New Year's Eve.

CLUB MATCHES: Richmond 15 Reading 8; Newbold 23 Coventry 28; Berry Hill 16 Watson 11; Northampton 17 Met Police 13; Wakefield 14 Morley 12; Bridgwater & Albion 19 Exeter 20.