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Wasps lock Joe Launchbury in action against Bath

Dai Young would be 'surprised and disappointed' if Joe Launchbury doesn't sign a new Wasps contract by the end of the month

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Mike Phillips in action for Wales earlier in the year

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Steffon Armitage is known as ‘the Lionel Messi of rugby’

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Dan Evans helped guide the Ospreys to victory over Cardiff

Pro12 round-up: Munster ruin Rhys Priestland's special day, Ulster end Glasgow's winning start as Ospreys win Welsh derby to go top

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Saracens vs Gloucester match report: Brad Barritt keeps Sarries in the hunt

Saracens 28 Gloucester 21: Tough-tackling England centre is outstanding on his return from injury to ensure title hopefuls put their heavy defeat at Bath behind them
Left to right: Matt Mullan (Wasps), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens), George North (Northamp-ton), Stuart Hooper (Bath), Ed Slater (Leicester), Joe Marler (Harlequins) and Dan Braid (Sale) pose with the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy
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