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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.

Regime change in Rugby Union

Rugby union is becoming more and more like football in its willingness to sack coaches. Chris Hewett examines a disturbing trend, while the Saracens coach offers a first-hand insight into the perils of having to deliver instant success

O'Driscoll's magic keeps Irish Slam alive

Ireland 14 England 13: Captain Marvel the difference as English sinners shoot themselves in foot again.

Grizzled ex-Lion sharpens teeth of Harlequins

Harlequins 14 Gloucester 9

Bonus for Tigers after they try and try again

Leicester 38 Worcester 5

Williams gets timing right for Harlequins

Harlequins 14 Gloucester 9: Gloucester’s Ryan questions refereeing decisions in build-up to crucial try

Speedy Strettle strolls into Saxons set-up

Harlequins 27 Northampton 6

Andy Powell: 'Suddenly, I felt I'd had enough. Serious rugby was over for me'

Despite his doubts, Andy Powell has rediscovered his appetite for the game. He tells Chris Hewett how he claimed the Wales No 8 shirt and why he is now dreaming of doing the same for the Lions

Stade do the cancan but finish dancing to Quins' tune

Stade Francais 10 Harlequins 15

Quins pressure tells as Jones seals comeback

Harlequins 21 Bath 14

Danny Care: Harlequins' livewire gunning for England

An electrifying start to the season from Harlequins' No.9 Danny Care has put him right in contention for the starting England scrum-half shirt for the autumn internationals

Skinner leads from the front to keep Quins' backs flying high

Harlequins 42 Ulster 21

Flair of Care preserves Quins' dynamic start

Ulster's Williams fumes as England's scrum-half hopefuls battle for attention

Scarlets 22 Harlequins 29: Davies red faced as Scarlets surrender

The brass band at the Pwll end of dear old Stradey played only fitfully with a "Sospan Fach" here and a "Delilah" there punctuated by long periods of silence, and they were bang in tune with the Scarlets team in front of them. For most of the second half of this season's opening Heineken Cup Pool Four match – which was also the last European tie to be played here before next month's move to a new stadium – the men in red played as if they'd been hit in the face by a large frying pan, never mind the fabled little saucepan.

The Premiership view on ELVs

The great ELVs debate is likely to rage long and hard throughout the season, so we asked 12 Premiership coaches for their early assessment of the controversial laws.

Eddie Jones: Let Cipriani learn his trade at full-back

We've had a frenzied few days on the Danny Cipriani front – astonishingly frenzied, given that the fuss concerns an inexperienced player with one international start behind him. I'd like to add a little fuel to the fire by suggesting that if England pick Cipriani for the autumn Tests, they should play him at full-back rather than outside-half. Heresy? Not in my book. Looking at the way he plays his rugby right now, I'd say No 15 was the ideal spot for him.

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