The Environment Agency is making emergency repairs to a flood wall at the River Gaunless in West Auckland, County Durham, after vandals damaged part of the flood defence scheme.
Mike Catt's rollercoaster international career will climb to another high on Sunday with the World Cup winner claiming the "positives outweigh the negatives" during 13 years of Test rugby.
Toby Flood's family history suggests he should feel comfortable with life in the spotlight.
Newcastle director of rugby John Fletcher has backed Falcons fly-half Toby Flood to shine at Twickenham on Sunday, writes Andrew Baldock.
Martin Corry could regain the England captaincy for Sunday's Six Nations showdown with title favourites France - just two months and three Tests after he lost it.
Jonny Wilkinson's injury hoodoo struck again as Newcastle crashed to another away Premiership defeat.
England will begin preparations for their Six Nations clash against France in a familiar position - with an injury cloud hanging over Jonny Wilkinson.
Jonny Wilkinson faces an anxious wait to prove his fitness ahead of England's must-win RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with France next weekend after limping off with a hamstring injury in the Falcons' 38-12 defeat against London Irish.
John Fletcher reckons his big-guns backline boasts so many outstanding individuals it might take time to click.
England full-back Olly Morgan has been ruled out for the rest of this season after being told he requires shoulder surgery.
David Strettle is braced for "a baptism of fire" at Croke Park today after being handed one of the toughest jobs in European rugby - replacing Jason Robinson.
Ireland were given a welcome lift on two fronts yesterday with news that Peter Stringer is fit to face England and Gordon D'Arcy has signed a new contract with Leinster.
Brian Ashton believes England will need to step up "two or three gears" when they face arguably the biggest challenge of their entire Six Nations campaign on Saturday.
Newcastle suffered a last-gasp heartbreak against Guinness Premiership title contenders Bristol just when it looked as though they had successfully overcome the absence of England star Jonny Wilkinson, writes Andrew Baldock.
The prize for stating the obvious ahead of tomorrow's Bristol game goes to Falcons centre Jamie Noon.
Jonny Wilkinson will enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend after John Fletcher acceded to Rob Andrew's request to omit Newcastle Falcons' in-form fly-half from his Bristol-bound squad.
Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter believes it is impossible to underestimate the importance of the victory over Wales in the Six Nations Championship.
Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan admitted he felt "sick" about the heartbreaking manner of his side's Six Nations defeat by France in Dublin yesterday.
England will hope their former fly-half Rob Andrew can play a blinder this week and help avoid preparations for a crunch Croke Park clash against Ireland descending into farce.
He's hardly back from the dead, but Jonny Wilkinson's Calcutta Cup comeback is up there with the best - if Britain's bookies are to be believed.
Scotland coach Frank Hadden insists he will explore every reasonable option at stand-off after Dan Parks lost his place to Phil Godman for Saturday's Murrayfield clash against Wales.
Dean Richards has saluted new England flanker Nick Easter as Harlequins' "form player for the last two seasons" following his shock RBS 6 Nations Championship call-up.
Next Saturday might well turn out to be a defining day - just four weeks before the Cheltenham Festival.
France made a barnstorming start to the defence of their RBS 6 Nations Championship crown by plundering five tries in a convincing win against a beleaguered Italy at the Stadio Flaminio.
Gareth Thomas will miss the first three games of Wales' Six Nations campaign after being banned for the month of February at a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing in Dublin.
Jonny Wilkinson will not be the only North-East fly-half facing a nervous weekend.
Democracy is alive and well in Brian Ashton's brave new England - and Toby Flood could not be more excited.
When Jonny Wilkinson runs out in an England jersey on Saturday for the first time in more than three years, he promises he will be better than ever.
Rob andrew believes Jonny Wilkinson has yet to reach his peak as he prepares for an England return in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Newcastle Falcons' England quartet have returned to Tyneside "buzzing" ahead of tomorrow's Guinness Premiership trip to Heineken Cup favourites Leicester.
Phil Vickery will lead England into the 2007 Six Nations admitting the last 12 months have proven "unacceptable" for the world champions.
Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair will miss the start of the RBS 6 Nations campaign after tests confirmed he has suffered ligament damage to his shoulder.
Toby Flood's new boots - and his nerve - handled the test of kicking the Falcons to a heart-stopping last-gasp win last night.
England's new captain Phil Vickery yesterday revealed that deposed skipper Martin Corry was the first player to congratulate him on his appointment.
Toby Flood underlined his England claims with another man-of-the-match performance as Newcastle dumped champions Sale in a try feast at Kingston Park.
Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron believes English rugby needs a new structure to end conflict between the clubs and the national side.
Toby Flood wants momentum and integration to help the Falcons smash Gloucester when the Guinness Premiership resumes.
Lawrence Dallaglio has warned Twickenham officials not to make a panic appointment and hand World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson the vacant England coach's role.
The former performance director of the Rugby Union, Chris Spice, insists English rugby chiefs have to look at themselves for the mess surrounding head coach Andy Robinson's protracted exit.
Andy Robinson faces the defining few weeks of his career as England head coach, insisting: "I have never ducked a challenge."