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

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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

Fly-half Toby Flood will try to increase the Tigers’ chances of a top-two league finish tonight

Leicester Tigers turn to Toby Flood for battle with Harlequins

The fly-half will try to increase the champions' chances of a top-two league finish

Mark McCafferty is the architect of the European Champions Cup

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England went out to France in the 2011 World Cup. Next year’s event on home soil may bring domestic strife with clubs

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Ian Ritchie may have emerged from the vicious turf war over European club rugby with an enviable reputation as a problem-solving boardroom tactician – only a skilled negotiator could have convinced some of the sport’s most powerful figures their bunker mentality would lead them to ruin – but the Rugby Football Union chief executive faces a second challenge ahead of next year’s home World Cup that will test his gifts of persuasion to the limit.

Tough talker: Bath’s Bruce Craig

Clubs demand £14 million World Cup compensation

New global cup competition also planned as rugby world is reshaped

Leg of Lamb: Worcester’s No 10 had a mixed day with the boot

Worcester 33 Exeter 38 match report: Gareth Steenson steers Exeter towards Europe as Warriors perish

Rather too late as they contemplate what looks certain to be a second relegation from the Premiership, Worcester claimed their first four-try point of the season, plus a losing bonus, when really they had needed a win to inspire anything like a genuine hope of escape .

Flash harry: Referee Tim Wigglesworth sends off Gloucester’s Tavis Knoyle

Gloucester 17 Bath 18 match report: West Country derby ends in chaos after rash of cards

Bath prevail as referee sends five players to the sin-bin and the home side has two dismissed

Chris Pennell re-signed at Worcester because he sees potential in a team currently last

Chris Pennell: England’s hidden treasure

Pennell is a brilliant full-back. He is also the son of a former Test cricketer. But, as he tells Chris Hewett, staying loyal to Worcester means going unrecognised in the short term

There are starts tomorrow for the excellent Chris Wyles and the fast-developing  Jackson Wray (pictured)

Weekend preview: Sarries seek to nail home semi and lighten load

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Ian Ritchie has been praised by Bill Beaumont for peace brokering the new European rugby agreement

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Ritchie acted as a peace broker to help agree the new formation of top-flight European rugby

As things stand Andy Goode and seventh-placed Wasps would qualify for a play-off place for the new Champions Cup

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