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Newcastle v Leicester: Manu Tuilagi return gives Tigers a huge boost, claims stand-in captain Ed Slater

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Brian Smith, the rugby director at London Irish, joined the England coaching panel just after Luke Narraway turned in a couple of performances against the All Blacks that suggested he might be a long-term answer to England's problems in the back row of the scrum. Narraway has rather disappeared from view since the tour of New Zealand in 2008, but he has not been forgotten by the former red rose attack strategist.

The London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith is refusing to blame refereeing decisions for his team's defeat against Leicester

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Jonny Wilkinson (R) and Joe van Niekerk of Toulon raise the Heineken Cup after their victory last year

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Liam Messam celebrates with Charlie Ngatai after the Chiefs' 18-10 victory over the Crusaders

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Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter has agreed to join Sale Sharks from Glasgow Warriors

Sale Sharks complete signing of Scotland international scrum-half Chris Cusiter on two-year deal

Cusiter will head south at the end of the season as he agrees to join the Aviva Premiership side from Glasgow Warriors

Sam Burgess scores a try for England during last year’s Rugby League World Cup

Bath complete signing of England Rugby League star Sam Burgess with his sights set firmly on the 2015 Rugby World Cup

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Toby Flood of Leicester Tigers tackled by Ben Morgan (left) and Nick Wood (right) of Gloucester

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Toby Flood penalty two minutes from end wins the games

Bath and England fly-half George Ford scores 12 points in his side's victory over Exeter Chiefs

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Alex Lewington passes to Blair Cowan during London Irish's 23-20 win over Wasps

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