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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.

Harlequins struggle on diet of humble pie

Harlequins 9 Leicester 15

Gloucester's fighting spirit arrives too late

London Irish 40 Gloucester 10

Staunton kicks Tigers past Harlequins

Harlequins 9 Leicester 15

Saracens aim to profit from wonder of Wembley

Weekend Preview: National stadium brings extra attention to game against Northampton

Quins cleared for Heineken Cup

European body to take no further action but RFU poised to launch 'Bloodgate' inquiry

ERC rule out further Harlequins action

European Rugby Cup are to take no further action against Harlequins over the infamous 'Bloodgate' fake injury scandal.

Robson's rush of blood gives Wasps a vital head start

London Wasps 26 Harlequins 15: Controversy-dogged Harlequins are beaten after lock sees red for butt in first minute of new season

Thomas wins kicking contest to seal Sale win

Sale 15 Leicester 12

Peter Bills: Cowardly ERC leave rugby in ruins

There is no longer anyone in professional rugby willing to uphold any longer the cause of right over wrong. A sport once renowned for its impeccable standards of behaviour and discipline has sunk into the trench where some other sports, once derided by rugby as lesser species, have resided for so long. How the mighty have fallen.

Leading article: A sporting disgrace

The European Rugby Cup, which runs the Heineken competition, has handed down its verdict on the "bloodgate" scandal. And it has pinned the blame firmly on the Harlequins' former director, Dean Richards, who – it said – was "the directing mind and had central control over everything that happened". This verdict has the advantage, for the sport, that culpability will be confined to Richards and his players. The contamination will be limited.

Harlequins escape Heineken Cup expulsion

Dean Richards' reputation as one of the most successful players and coaches in English rugby history has been reduced to ruins.

Peter Bills: Quins punishment must go further

Mark Evans, the embattled Chief Executive of Harlequins, seems to have become the Gordon Brown of British rugby.

'Bloodgate' spotlight focuses on Johnson

RFU insists coach goes on the record to defend England against lingering accusations

Quins chairman falls on his sword over 'Bloodgate'

Jillings sought solution not cover up but his position had become untenable

Fake blood claims nothing new claims former England coach

Rugby has had a fake blood issue for more than eight years yet done nothing about it, a former England coach has revealed.

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