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It is to be hoped Phil Godman enjoyed the Doctor Who special on Saturday evening because earlier in the day the Newcastle fly-half’s adventures in space and time had an unhappy ending thanks to the tackling of Courtney Lawes.

Gareth Steenson has been a key factor in Exeter's impressive rise to the Premiership top four

Gareth Steenson: Saracens will test Premiership play-off contenders Exeter’s standing as ‘a top side’

Gareth Steenson has warned that Premiership play-off contenders Exeter are ready to “push on and achieve more” after positioning themselves strongly for domestic and European success.

Leicester Tigers Dan Bowden could be playing for England after qualifying on residency rules

Dan Bowden given task to maximise the destructive Manu Tuilagi as Stuart Lancaster confirms he is on the England radar

The Kiwi-born inside centre has settled into the second playmaker role for the Tigers and could very well find himself in the Red Rose in the not too distant future

Bath’s Gavin Henson, who was booed by the home fans, sprints away from Adam Powell

Newcastle 0 Bath 21: Falcons fail to master the wind on Richards’ return

Newcastle’s return to the Premiership was dealt an early blow as they failed to score a point on a dismal night under the lights at Kingston Park.

Turning point: Aurélien Rougerie dives over to give Clermont the lead

Sitiveti Sivivatu turns on the style to send Clermont Auvergne through

Sitiveti Sivivatu scored a 60-metre try as Clermont Auvergne recovered from a sluggish start to book their place in the Heineken Cup semi-finals with a home thrashing of fellow Top 14 side Montpellier.

Gavin Henson is looking forward to a fresh start at the Kassam Stadium

Another 'final chance' for Gavin Henson as he prepares to lead Exiles to safety

Former reality TV star tells Chris Hewett he is relishing his return to rugby reality with London Welsh

Mighty quins: Harlequins' players celebrate at the end of the Premiership final against Leicester

Robshaw leads way and Quins roar past Tigers in title thriller

Harlequins 30 Leicester Tigers 23: Multicoloured men take their first Premiership crown after pulsating final

London Welsh fail to meet Aviva Premiership criteria

London Welsh have failed to meet the minimum standards criteria for entry into the Aviva Premiership, English rugby chiefs have announced.

Newcastle announce three new signings

Newcastle have added three further new signings to their squad for next season.

Newcastle sign Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson

Newcastle have signed Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson on a two-year deal.

Wasp swatted: No 8 Billy Vunipola feels the full force of the Newcastle Falcons defence at Adams Park

Wasps safe but Falcons may stay up

London Wasps 10 Newcastle Falcons 14: Newcastle wait on Championship outcome after failing to win 'relegation decider' by necessary margin

Gary Gold talks to the Newcastle players

Gold: Newcastle can cope if great escape falls short

Newcastle Falcons might be going into the Aviva Premiership relegation decider against Wasps at Adams Park on Saturday needing the rugby equivalent of a snooker to avoid bottom place but Gary Gold, their temporary director of rugby, insisted: "I don't think we're under that much pressure."

Leicester are out, admits Cockerill after disaster

Ulster 41 Leicester 7

Nick Easter: 'Losing that final still hurts. I can't put it behind me'

The Brian Viner Interview: England's No 8 was part of the side that lost to the Springboks in the 2007 World Cup – now he's desperate to put that right

Jim Mallinder: King of clubs dreaming of England

He could lead Northampton to an incredible double – but the country's top job is his ultimate goal

Ruck and Maul: An island of fanatics who could leave Ireland green with envy

Ulster's sevens players will be unable to turn out for Team GB – more properly known as Great Britain & Northern Ireland, of course – when rugby returns to the Olympic Games in 2016.

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