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Dan Carter is to return from his six-month sabbatical this Saturday in a New Zealand provincial match

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter to return from six-month sabbatical in Canterbury provincial match for Southbridge

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London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell and Catain Tom May lift the trophy following the Greene King IPA Championship play off final second leg match between Bristol

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Northampton Saints players Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden celebrate with head coach Jim Mallinder

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Northampton Saints celebrating their victory

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Phil Dowson of Northampton Saints dives in front of his team mates as they celebrate with the trophy after the Aviva Premiership Final against Saracens

Premiership Final match report: Saracens 20 Northampton 24: Alex Waller pounces to give Saints final word at Twickenham

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Jonny Wilkinson retirement: Toulon fans plan to sing British National Anthem during Top 14 final in Paris

Supporters of the French side want to pay tribute to the former England international

Steve Borthwick and Tom Wood pose with the Aviva Premiership trophy
Bryan Habana, right, of Toulon, takes a selfie with team-mates Delon Armitage, centre, and Drew Mitchell after winning the Heineken Cup

Crocks and can’t-haves add to Stuart Lancaster’s summer worries

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Go Jonny, Go: Wilkinson seeks Toulon double

As Jonny Wilkinson put it after his second winning Heineken Cup final, the “journey” will soon be someone else’s to travel, and with Sir Clive Woodward excitedly tipping Dan Carter as Toulon’s next fly-half, it was clear the starry French club have no intention of resting on the laurels of back-to-back European titles.

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