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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

Saracens v Northampton (2pm Saturday)

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

European Rugby Champions Cup: Bill Beaumont praises influence of Ian Ritchie in forming new competition to save European rugby

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

Clubs the victors over deal for new European trophies

Starting next season, the new elite tournament will be a 20-team affair, four fewer than the Heineken Cup

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

Northampton v Saracens preview: Saints lifted by Stephen Myler return for weekend's showdown

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

Chris Ashton has nine tries in the Heineken Cup this season

Heineken Cup round-up: Saracens’ showdown should prove just the ticket

Saracens will take on Clermont at Twickenham while Munster brushed off Toulouse to face defending champions Toulon

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

Xavier Chiocci and Drew Mitchell crossed to give Toulon victory but Jonny Wilkinson was forced off following a heavy collision

Gavin Henson will play in midfield

Rugby round-up: Gavin Henson steps into new Bath partnership

Bath are favourites to brush aside Brive at the Recreation Ground in the quarter-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup today when they will have Gavin Henson in midfield.

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

Double trouble: Saracens’ Chris Ashton plunges over to score one of his two decisive tries

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

England wing's eighth and ninth tries of this season's Heineken Cup all products of visitor's one-man advantage

Manu Tuilagi attempts to break through the Clermont Auvergne defence

Clermont Auvergne 22 Leicester Tigers 16 match report: Tigers come up just short after spirited fightback

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

Munster 47 Toulouse 23 match report: Munster march into last four with six-try blitz

Tries for Earls, Kilcoyne, Stander, Laulala, Zebo and O'Connell as Munster ease into the Heineken Cup semi-finals and send poor Toulouse crashing out

Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby

Richard Cockerill: Leicester can bring down Clermont’s fortress

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.

Jacques Burger has, due to injury, played only 10 Heineken Cup games for Saracens

Heineken Cup: Saracens' Jacques Burger aims to 'squeeze' Ulster until they buckle

Fiery flanker reveals how Sarries’ extravagant team-bonding trips will help them give their all at Ravenhill in the Heineken Cup on Saturday – and how it just might pay off

Leicester director Richard Cockerill backs Owen Williams for Wales call-up

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

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