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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Harlequins 31 Newcastle 12

Betsen leads Wasps' surge into seventh

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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.

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

Eddie Jones: Harlequins can beat Leinster at their own game

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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

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Leicester 24 Gloucester 10

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