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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 hit with £215,000 fine

The Harlequins winger Tom Williams has been suspended for 12 months after being found guilty of his role in fabricating a blood injury in last season's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster.

Sam Vesty: 'Dad told me no one likes players who don't tackle'

Sam Vesty comes from a long line of Leicester Tigers, and fighting spirit is in his blood. He tells Chris Hewett about his England call up and how he hopes to snuff out Leinster's challenge in today's Heineken Cup final

Murphy plays superhero to keep one eye on prize

Downstairs in the Twickenham dressing room, Geordan Murphy had a winner's medal and the man of the match award and standing outside the Good Health Bar on the first floor of the West Stand, the Leicester Tigers captain was sporting another trophy from Saturday evening's dogfight of a Guinness Premiership final. Underneath his left eye was the rising profile of a shiner.

How the Tigers earn their stripes

With the Heineken Cup and Premiership title to play for, coach Richard Cockerill talks to Chris Hewett about how Leicester became England's dominant force

Betsen leads Wasps' surge into seventh

London Wasps 34 Gloucester 3: Champions have eye on Heineken Cup after downing drained Gloucester

Quins win shows why Lions may take Care

Harlequins 31 Newcastle 12

Sale dent Quins’ play-off ambitions

Sale 28 Harlequins 6

Hicks leads Wolves in taking Odsal by storm

Bradford 22 Warrington 58

Ruck and Maul: Forget the Lions, hello to the British and Irish Cup

In a British and Irish Lions year, a British and Irish Cup has a ring to it, or at least the RFU think so. As well as downsizing National League One into a 12-team Championship, there is a blueprint for the chosen dozen to play alongside Welsh Premiership clubs, Irish provinces and Scottish sides in a 24-team British and Irish Cup during international windows next season, when a successful Championship side might face a hamstring-busting 37 matches. At the same time, the RFU has knocked back the Guinness Premiership's plea for more games, and what the elite clubs will do if the Anglo-Welsh EDF Energy Cup bites the dust remains unclear.

He's so good that the Lions must take Care

Scrum-half can cap meteoric rise if Quins tame O'Driscoll and Co

Eddie Jones: Harlequins can beat Leinster at their own game

Calling the shots

Peter Bills: Is it OK to lash out in rugby?

Whether Julian White wishes to flatten opponents with the pugilistic skills of Mike Tyson, is no real concern of yours or mine.

Foden flair helps Saints sail past stricken Sharks

Northampton 38 Sale 3

Cockerill makes fine case for inside job

Leicester 24 Gloucester 10

Care seals win as Quins question Sarries plans

Harlequins 21 Saracens 15
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