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Luke Narraway will leave Perpignan at the end of the season after two years in French rugby

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Brian Smith, the rugby director at London Irish, joined the England coaching panel just after Luke Narraway turned in a couple of performances against the All Blacks that suggested he might be a long-term answer to England's problems in the back row of the scrum. Narraway has rather disappeared from view since the tour of New Zealand in 2008, but he has not been forgotten by the former red rose attack strategist.

The London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith is refusing to blame refereeing decisions for his team's defeat against Leicester

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The London Irish director of rugby, Brian Smith, refused to blame any refereeing decisions for his side’s 20-15 home defeat at the hands of Leicester, which sent the visitors into the Premiership play-off places.

Jonny Wilkinson (R) and Joe van Niekerk of Toulon raise the Heineken Cup after their victory last year

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An offer by BT Sports to share coverage with Sky could lead to the Heineken Cup going ahead next season after 18 months of doubt over the future of the competition.

Liam Messam celebrates with Charlie Ngatai after the Chiefs' 18-10 victory over the Crusaders

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Replacement James Lowe ran 75-metres after intercepting five minutes from time to secure the win

Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter has agreed to join Sale Sharks from Glasgow Warriors

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Toby Flood penalty two minutes from end wins the games

Bath and England fly-half George Ford scores 12 points in his side's victory over Exeter Chiefs

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Exeter had led narrowly at the break but Ford kept his side composed as they fought back to claim an impressive victory

Alex Lewington passes to Blair Cowan during London Irish's 23-20 win over Wasps

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