Sale have tied down talented young duo Mike Haley and Josh Beaumont to new two-year deals.
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Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has been suspended for three weeks for elbowing Leicester's Matt Smith.
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England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley's Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing will take place on Tuesday.
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