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Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

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Exeter Chiefs completed an Aviva Premiership double over leaders Harlequins with a stunning 27-16 upset at the Stoop yesterday.

Exeter upset leaders Harlequins

Exeter pulled off a stunning Aviva Premiership upset as leaders Harlequins were sent crashing to defeat at the Stoop.

Aviva Premiership round-up: Jamie Elliott pulls the plug on Bath hopes

Jamie Elliott scored two tries as Northampton resisted a brave Bath fightback to complete a 25-23 win in a thrilling Aviva Premiership encounter at Franklin's Gardens yesterday.

Chris Robshaw has emerged as a candidate to lead the Lions

Six Nations: Graham Rowntree warns England about the threat posed by France

England will look to continue their hopes of winning the Grand Slam at Twickenham this weekend

Manu Tuilagi is set to be back in action for Leicester
Attendees of the last Exeter Safer Sex Ball

Cancelled Safer Sex Ball is just the tip of the iceberg for campus scandal at Exeter

News that Exeter’s Safer Sex Ball will be cancelled seems to have left campus disappointed and dissatisfied with the Guild’s decision. The SSB has been one of the biggest events in the student calendar for the past twenty-one years, a staple of Exeter students' bucket lists, and seen as a must-do student experience.

Tom Homer finished up with five penalties and two conversions

Exiles underline Irish love of a challenge

If England already sufficiently aware of the challenge facing them in Dublin his afternoon, London Irish offered another example of a Green triumph out of adversity with a remarkable 29-16 victory over title-chasing Saracens in rugby union's Aviva Premiership.

Flybe axes 300 jobs to slash costs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

Calum Clark misses the Six Nations after requiring shoulder surgery

Redemption hopes ruined as Calum Clark is ruled out of Six Nations

Shoulder surgery ends chances of Saints forward while Bath focus on George Ford

Saracens go for 'artificial' Ulster clash

Saracens are in discussion with Barnet Council over the possibility of staging their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at their new Allianz Park home.

Over he goes: Brian O’Driscoll scores the third of Leinster’s four tries against Exeter – his 32nd in 82 Heineken Cup appearances

Match Report: Leinster's bonus is a game of wait and see

Exeter Chiefs 20 Leinster 29: O'Driscoll and Heaslip tries earn extra point to keeps Irish side in frame

Melodic Rendezvous winning at Cheltenham last month

Scott ready to let Rendezvous fulfil appointment with best

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Time-wasting calls to 999 slammed by police after woman calls for paramedic to take dog's temperature

Running out of toilet roll and difficulty ringing a Chinese takeaway have been revealed as some of the frivolous 999 calls made to a police force.

Rail travellers face miserable return to work as engineering work and floods hit services

Late-running engineering work and other problems meant a miserable return to work for rail travellers today.

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