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Rennie is attracting interest both from the wealthy French side Lyon and from teams in Japan
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How do you respond to being continually overlooked by England? A hat-trick of tries isn't a bad start. Strettle was handed his first on a plate by Duncan Taylor, but finished his second and third tries well, with a perfect chip and chase completing his haul as Saracens celebrated their progression into the last eight.

David Strettle’s eating for England

Saracens winger is trying to pile on the pounds to help him cope with Clermont’s big hitters in today’s Heineken Cup semi-final – but also to force his way into World Cup reckoning, he tells Chris Hewett

Alex Goode needs game time so will play for Saracens

Saracens have grown in stature since Clermont Auvergne cut them down to size

New-look Sarries ready for rematch with crack French side in Heineken Cup semi-final

James Hook’s future at Perpignan is in doubt if the Catalan club are relegated

Far East move may cut James Hook’s link with Wales if Perpignan are relegated

James Hook, one of the most gifted backs of his generation and certainly the most talented player to be marginalised by Wales in recent memory, could be lost to international rugby for good if his employers, the French club Perpignan, are relegated next month. Reports on the far side of the water are linking the multi-tasking 28-year-old from Port Talbot – he can play at outside-half, full-back and in both centre positions – with a move to Japan if the worst happens in the final round of Top 14 matches on 6 May.

Sinoti Sinoti of Newcastle Falcons is high tackled by Eoin Sheriff of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Saracens

Newcastle 18 Saracens 23: Alex Tait's late try moves Falcons vital step nearer to Premiership survival

Newcastle pick up vital bonus point in fight against relegation

Salesi Ma'afu of Northampton dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and London Irish at Franklin's Gardens

Northampton 36 London Irish 21 match report: Saints are given an almighty scare by reborn Shane Geraghty

Northampton led 29-0 but were given a scare by the visitors

Danny Cipriani led Sale to a rout of Exeter

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Sale secured sixth place in the Premiership and guaranteed a spot in next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup with an emphatic first victory at Sandy Park, beating Exeter 55-12 yesterday.

Matt Banahan scores a late try for Bath to seal their victory

Bath 32 Worcester Warriors 20 match report: Bath are still bubbling as Matt Banahan cuts a late dash

Relegation plight deepens for battling Warriors after squandering 13 points from missed kicks

Ashley Johnson celebrates after scoring his try

London Wasps 38 Gloucester 30 match report: Wasps triumphant on and off the pitch

Two tries from England flanker James Haskell help move Wasps clear of Exeter in the hunt for Rugby Champions Cup

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