Steffon Armitage is known as ‘the Lionel Messi of rugby’

Steffon Armitage's move to Bath ruled out as head coach Mike Ford confirms deal has fallen through

Bath were in talks to sign Toulon flanker Armitage but the two club's couldn't agree a fee that would have seen him return to the Premiership this week

Dan Evans helped guide the Ospreys to victory over Cardiff

Pro12 round-up: Munster ruin Rhys Priestland's special day, Ulster end Glasgow's winning start as Ospreys win Welsh derby to go top

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Saracens centre Brad Barritt

Saracens vs Gloucester match report: Brad Barritt keeps Sarries in the hunt

Saracens 28 Gloucester 21: Tough-tackling England centre is outstanding on his return from injury to ensure title hopefuls put their heavy defeat at Bath behind them
Left to right: Matt Mullan (Wasps), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens), George North (Northamp-ton), Stuart Hooper (Bath), Ed Slater (Leicester), Joe Marler (Harlequins) and Dan Braid (Sale) pose with the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy
Owen Farrell is struggling to overcome a knee injury in time for Saturday’s third Test in Hamilton

Owen Farrell winning the battle of the perfect 10s with George Ford

The Saracens fly-half has been awarded the Jonny Wilkinson seal of approval but is only too aware that his rivals are breathing down his neck

Exeter Chiefs vs London Irish match report: Gareth Steenson ends Irish away run

Exeter Chiefs 44 London Irish 24
Samu Manoa, Northampton
Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road

Leicester vs Harlequins match report: Tigers pick up much needed win

Leicester 22 Harlequins 16

James Haskell

Premiership weekend preview: Wasps vs Bath, Saracens vs Gloucester, Welsh vs Newcastle, Northampton vs Sale, Exeter vs London Irish

Wasps braced for flair from Bath – and rancour from unmoved fans

Kieran Longbottom

Kieran Longbottom interview: The Aussie with red-rose ambitions

Kieran Longbottom from Perth has been brilliant for Sarries this season and, thanks to his granny, he qualifies for England. The selectors are interested and, the prop tells Chris Hewett, he’d jump at the chance to pull on the jersey

Manu Tuilagi

Richard Cockerill badly in need of win as Leicester lifted by return of Manu Tuilagi

Leicester are dealing with an injury crisis

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury in action against Bath

Wasps move to Coventry: Dai Young hopes Ricoh Arena relocation will keep Joe Launchbury out of Saracens' clutches

Wasps confirmed they will relocate to Coventry's Ricoh Arena in December after choosing to leave High Wycombe's Adams Park

Left to right: Matt Mullan (Wasps), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens), George North (Northamp-ton), Stuart Hooper (Bath), Ed Slater (Leicester), Joe Marler (Harlequins) and Dan Braid (Sale) pose with the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy

Wasps herald ‘watershed moment’ but opposition grows to Coventry move

Biggest turnover in the Premiership expected, but Worcester head local resistance

There will be a rugby-football groundshare at the Ricoh Arena

Fan fury at news nomadic Wasps are now off to Coventry after £20m buy-out of Ricoh Arena

The club have been given a 250-year lease on the 32,000 all-seater stadium, although the council will retain the freehold of the site

A bloodied and bruised Sam Burgess during the NRL Grand Final

Sam Burgess to wait for his Bath debut after scan shows he played full NRL Grand Final with a broken eye socket as well as cheekbone

Burgess is due to switch codes to rugby union but will have to wait as he recovers from his injuries

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