Saracens boost to Copthall move

RUGBY UNION: Saracens expect to receive the green light to move to Barnet’s Copthall Stadium in a matter of days after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government approved the plans. The decision paves the way for Barnet Council to formally issue planning permission to the Premiership champions, who currently play at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road. An £18m revamp will create a 10,000-capacity ground and see Saracens become the first professional club to play on an artificial pitch.