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Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell

London Irish's Marland Yarde scores against the Barbarians

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It is increasingly difficult to love these annual end-of-season Barbarians jamborees, which have all the romance and passion of an arranged marriage. But every now and again, a player with an eye for the main chance presents the best of himself to the watching world and leaves the audience, pretty much exhausted by eight months of thud and blunder, craving a little bit more.

Leicester captain Toby Flood left the pitch injured before half time

Loss of captains critical in fiery Aviva Premiership showpiece final

A tale of two captains who failed to last the course, one in disgrace, the other whose absence looked likely to cost his club the grandest domestic prize English rugby has to offer. The 228th meeting of these two Midland rivals was not, you might say, without incident.

Freddie Burns It will be no surprise if he is part of England's creative axis at the World Cup

Quintet seek harmony to pass England Test audition

Chance for Burns, Twelvetrees, Joseph, Wade and Yarde to excite against Baa-Baas

Leicester's captain, the fly-half Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints: Leicester out to prove they are still the local authority in derby final

Emotionally charged Saints will need to be at their best to beat the Tigers this afternoon

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley celebrates with teammate Phil Dowson after their semi-final success

Aviva Premiership final preview: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

A look ahead to Saturday's game at Twickenham

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Wasps wing Christian Wade 'shocked and humbled' to win Players' Player and Young Player of the Year awards

Christian Wade was “shocked and humbled” to learn he had gone one better than Jonny Wilkinson by scooping a unique double at the Rugby Players' Association awards.

Jonny Wilkinson celebrates winning his first Heineken Cup after the 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne

Jonny Wilkinson ready to answer Lions SOS should Warren Gatland come calling

Former England fly-half is prepared to join British and Irish Lions squad should injury hit either Jonny Sexton or Owen Farrell

Samu Manoa is, to David Flatman, one of the very best overseas signings by a Premiership club in recent years
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Tom Youngs to stake claim for Lions start in showdown

Leicester hooker faces rival Hartley in Aviva Premiership decider

Stalemate threatens European deadline

While England's clubs continue to promise that next year's Heineken Cup final will be the last under the present format, and talk is rife of a replacement competition involving English, French and Welsh clubs, the status quo is a stalemate.

Lions call-up Matt Stevens will be in action for Sarries today

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The Saracens prop was one of the surprise inclusions in the squad

Former England international Tom Voyce announces retirement

The wing was part of London Welsh's squad in the Aviva Premiership this season

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The Scotland international today called time on his career following a neck break last August. Here, his former London Irish team-mate pays tribute

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Scotland international Joe Ansbro announces retirement following neck break

The London Irish centre broke his neck during a pre-season friendly against Munster last August

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