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

Bryan Habana touches the ball down for one of Toulon's eight tries

Toulon vs Ulster match report: Steffon Armitage hat-trick as Toulon show their pedigree

Toulon 60 Ulster 22: Toulon show signs that they're ready to make it three in a row

Chris Ashton celebrates a try against Munster

Saracens vs Munster match report: Chris Ashton turns up the heat

Saracens 33 Munster 10: Tireless wing reminds England of his finishing power in rout of Munster

Tom Youngs scored two tries in Leicester’s comfortable victory over Scarlets last night

Leicester Tigers vs Scarlets match report: Tom Youngs double seals sweet revenge for Tigers to keep European Champions Cup hope alive

Leicester 40 Scarlets 23: Youngs comes off the replacements bench to bag a brace as Geoff Parling puts his hand up for selection against Wales in three weeks' time

In the doorway to more success – Francois Louw at Farleigh House

Interview: Francois Louw back on high as Bath seek Euro glory

The world-class Springbok star who carries West Country hopes in Toulouse on Sunday tells Chris Hewett of his 'massive desire' to play well in the must-win match with the French giants

Wasps captain James Haskell wants to put in a big display ahead of the Six Nations
All eyes will be on Luther Burrell

European Champions Cup 2014/15: It's crunch time for club and country as Six Nations looms

European competition returns with big-name sides at risk of early elimination. Chris Hewett explains what they need to do to survive

Tom Coventry is the call for London Irish after Brian Smith pays for results

New Zealander set to take over at the Madejski Stadium

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