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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.

Ruck and Maul: Stevens not aware that he can teach kids about drug awareness

Lawrence Dallaglio, the London Wasps director and former captain, has remarked that his club would be happy to sign Matt Stevens when the England prop's drugs ban is up in 2011, and Bath are also "keen" to have their former employee back. As revealed in these pages in September, Stevens has been keeping fit by training and competing in the martial art Brazilian Jujitsu. More recently, the South African-born front-rower told ITV he "would have liked to have been able to coach kids, even if it had a kind of drug- awareness angle to it, but the ban is quite stringent in that regard. I can see why... you need to keep [those who fail drugs tests] away from the sport so you don't set bad examples." This is not quite true. The International Rugby Board have confirmed to Ruck and Maul that Stevens – in common with anyone serving a similar suspension – is permitted to undertake educational work on the dangers and effects of drugs.

Shaw returns to England fold

Simon Shaw is in line to make his England return against New Zealand this weekend as the pressure begins to grow on Martin Johnson's management team.

RFU chief rocked by 'Bloodgate'

The Rugby Football Union's disciplinary chief Judge Jeff Blackett last night revealed the Bloodgate scandal at Harlequins shook his faith in the game more than any other incident.

Ruck and Maul: Lions' entry in Hall of Fame is dominated by pride of Celtic tigers

The Temple Speech Room at Rugby School was the venue on Tuesday for the fourth annual induction into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame, accompanied by the inaugural IRB lecture given by the former Wales centre and wing Gerald Davies, manager of this year's Lions squad. Nine inductees on a theme of the Lions in South Africa included 1955 tourists and great friends Cliff Morgan and Sir Anthony O'Reilly, alongside Syd Millar, Willie John McBride and Ian McGeechan. A Celtic gathering, to be sure, but the English may get a look-in next year, which will celebrate 100 years of the Five Nations.

Borthwick embraces expansion of players' union

The England captain Steve Borthwick has given his approval to the expansion of the Professional Rugby Players' Association into a new organisation catering for players inside and outside the game's elite.

Referee regrets being duped in 'Bloodgate' scandal

Welsh referee Nigel Owens says he will be "more aware" in future if there is any repeat of the infamous 'Bloodgate' scandal.

Cipriani stars as Wasps repel late Saints' siege

Wasps 20 Northampton 15

Easter uprising conceals Quins' bloody past

Harlequins 13 Bath 11

Easter's try helps Quins win battle of the bad boys

Harlequins 13 Bath 11: Last-gasp try and conversion provide drama missing in rest of a grim and attritional match

David Flatman: Ignoring risk of injury is all in the mindset

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Scandal hit clubs seek victory boost

It could easily be billed as English rugby's 'game of shame'.

London Irish expect Heineken test admits Booth

Toby Booth admits London Irish will be "tested from the outset" when they look to transfer their impressive domestic form into European club rugby's biggest arena.

Quins will blood new chief this year

Club seek director with Premiership experience to replace disgraced Richards

Staunton's boot breaks new ground

Leicester 15 Newcastle 6

Quins doctor suspended over 'Bloodgate' role

Wendy Chapman, the doctor involved in the Harlequins fake blood scandal, was suspended by the General Medical Council yesterday pending a formal investigation.

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