England have slipped to fourth in the world rankings following their Six Nations defeat by Wales on Saturday.
The England World Cup winner Mark Regan has been fined pounds 500 by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel for bringing the game into disrepute. Regan was charged with "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game". It followed the Tykes' Powergen Cup quarter-final victory over Northampton last month. Regan was found guilty for "stating in a television interview that he intentionally exaggerated the effect of a stamp to his head in an attempt to persuade the referee to send off an opposition player". The Northampton scrum-half, Mark Robinson, was sent off by Chris White, the referee, for the offence and received a 14-week ban. The 33-year-old Regan announced yesterday he would be rejoining Bristol Shoguns next season.