European Rugby Champions Cup round-up: Leicester Tigers cave in on bleak day for English clubs

Leicester, Harlequins crashed out of the tournament while Wasps are on the cusp and Northampton blew chance at home quarter-final

Brad Barritt laughs with Dylan Hartley in the closing stages of England's win over Australia

Clermont Auvergne vs Saracens preview: Brad Barritt 'refreshed' to help Sarries record part two in European memories chapter

Barritt returned from a five week absence in last weekend's win over Munster but knows Saracens must emerge from their Clermont Auvergne clash on Sunday

Dylan Hartley sits on the bench after being sin-binned in Northampton's defeat to Racing Metro

Northampton vs Racing Metro: Not again...Dylan Hartley back in the sin-bin

Two red cards and 15 yellows in a 250-match career puts England future in doubt

Nick Easter in action for Harlequins in the win over Castres

Castres vs Harlequins match report: Seven-try victory not enough to save Quins as Wasps draw seals their fate

Castres 19 Harlequins 47: Harlequins did what they had to as they recorded a bonus-point victory but Wasps' draw with Leinster sent them out of Europe

Andy Goode reacts to his missed drop goal in the final play of the 20-20 draw between Wasps and Leinster

Wasps vs Leinster match report: Andy Goode misses last-second drop-goal to leave battling Wasps in limbo

Wasps 20 Leinster 20: Dramatic draw leaves English team on  tenterhooks as Leinster make last eight

Champions Cup: All or nothing in the battle for Europe - George North, Owen Farrell and Chris Robshaw chat before another seismic weekend

Ten matches in just over 24 hours will decide the last eight for this year’s inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup

Christian Wade goes on the attack for Wasps against Sale on Sunday

Champions Cup weekend preview: High-flying Wasps pursue another record

A look ahead to the weekend's action

Ben Foden is helped off the field after suffering a knee injury in the 20-9 win over Ospreys

Ben Foden injury: Northampton Saints and England full-back ruled out for the rest of the season to put World Cup hopes in doubt

Foden has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and requires surgery that will end his season prematurely

Kyle Eastmond of Bath

Bath masterclass puts Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph into England frame ahead of Six Nations

The squad for the Six Nations will be announced on Wednesday

Francois Louw scored Bath’s final try against Toulouse to earn a bonus-point win on Sunday (PA)

Toulouse 18 Bath 35: Bath join race for top after 'fantastic' win over Toulouse

Louw dived over eight minutes from time to add to tries from Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Jonathan Joseph

Round-Up: Ashton hopes to make 'memories' for Saracens

Saracens may have a useful and arguably unfair advantage in the European Champions Cup this weekend. By the time of their Sunday afternoon kick-off away to Clermont Auvergne, the four other pools will be complete.

George North breaks through the Ospreys defence to score for Northampton on Sunday (Getty)

Ospreys 9 Northampton Saints 20 match report: Saints march on but Courtney Lawes will miss Wales clash

It will be nowhere near this simple come Six Nations time in Cardiff two weeks on Friday – as generations of Englishmen know to their bitter cost, the s-word is not a part of the rugby vocabulary when the Red Rose tangles with the Red Dragon on international business west of the River Severn – and without the hit-man lock Courtney Lawes rocking the Millennium Stadium to its foundations, it could be very difficult indeed for the visitors. Northampton may have left Wales with their European Champions Cup campaign wholly intact, but the bigger picture quickly took on a darker hue. 

Early strike: Christian Wade sets Wasps on their way with the first try

Harlequins vs Wasps match report: Quins stunned by Wasps sting

Harlequins 3 Wasps 23

Sale vs Clermont match report: Camile Lopez decides war of attrition

Sale Sharks 13 Clermont Auvergne 22: Fly-half scored 17 points for the visitors

Middle man: Saints’ centre Luther Burrell shows his power on the break

Ospreys vs Northampton Saints preview: Luther Burrell champing at the bit

Centre knows assured display on Sunday could get him back into England team

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