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Northampton have struggled in the past month without their injured No 10 Stephen Myler (centre)

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Northampton have struggled in the past month without their injured No 10 Stephen Myler

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David Smith tries to break through the Leinster defence

Toulon 29 Leinster 14 match report: Jonny Wilkinson forced off but Brian O’Driscoll crashes out

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Blue bottle: Brian O’Driscoll (right) and Leinster team-mate Luke Fitzgerald

Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll face up to last chance of Euro glory

One of the two legends is destined to lose out as Leinster visit Toulouse

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Ulster 15 Saracens 17 match report: Chris Ashton's tries help Sarries exploit Jared Payne dismissal

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Manu Tuilagi attempts to break through the Clermont Auvergne defence

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Jordan Crane scores try for Leicester but not enough as French side go through

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Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby

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The Scottish, Welsh and Italians may not agree, but the quarter-finals of the last Heineken Cup in its current format appear to have it all: firsts and farewells, dozens of international stars from both hemispheres, daunting records ripe for the breaking and, if you care to boil down the meeting of Ulster and Saracens to the composers of their respective theme tunes, an unexpected clash of the Village People versus Right Said Fred.

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Fly-half should go on tour of South Africa this summer

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs complained he had been bitten by an unnamed Saints player

Leicester Tigers ready to put the bite on Clermont

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs complained he had been bitten by an unnamed Saints player

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Premiership clubs must take ‘urgent steps’ to attract best players and bigger crowds

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Saracens celebrated a record-equalling 262nd Premiership appearance by Steve Borthwick

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