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Francois Hougaard, a Springbok scrum-half quick enough to play Test rugby on the wing and therefore a major target for more than one ambitious English club, may prove too elusive for his Premiership suitors, no matter how much cash they throw at him. Heavily linked with Leicester and Exeter, the South African is thought to be considering the most lucrative of all following this autumn’s World Cup – a move to Japan.

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London Scottish are the only team who can win the Championship play-offs and see Londonw Welsh remain in the top flight

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Mako and Billy Vunipola are latest players to sign long-term deals with Saracens

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Wasps’ Joe Simpson breaks through the Exeter defence to score his fantastic late try
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Northampton Saints 25 Saracens 20: Victory almost guarantees Saints a home semi-final in the play-offs

Billy Burns touches down the deciding try to win the game for Gloucester

Gloucester vs Newcastle match report: Billy Burns leaves Falcons in a flap after crazy finish

Gloucester 42 Newcastle Falcons 40: Gloucester were trailing by 17 points but rallied to find a way to win ahead of Friday's European Challenge Cup final

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Hugh Godwin asks the question of whether the Toulon flanker should be involved in the showcase tournament later this year

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