Sport Wing Jack Nowell will make his debut against France

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

Leicester’s Tom Croft grimaces against Worcester on Sunday

England blow as Leicester flanker Tom Croft again suffers long-term injury

After a neck break that almost paralysed him, No 6 is out for season with ligament damage

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Elite clubs announce intention to quit Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup

French and English clubs plan to form own tournament

Andy Forsyth crosses for Sale to help them to a win at Gloucester

Round-Up: Robshaw relief after Goode misses with last kick

Chris Robshaw admitted his relief at Harlequins’ narrow opening day victory over Wasps after seeing Andy Goode miss a penalty with the final kick at Twickenham on Saturday.

Jamie George may be a future England hooker

London Irish 20 Saracens 42 match report: Saracens inspired by Jamie George as the Irish struggle begins

There are those who think that these two teams will finish the Aviva Premiership at opposite ends of the table, and yesterday at a sun-dappled Twickenham may have confirmed that. Saracens eased away without playing particularly well, though they had to wait until the final move of the match before securing the bonus-point try.

Vunipola brothers get Saracens season off to flying start

London Irish 20 Saracens 42

George North will make his Premiership debut for Saints

Weekend Preview: Exeter hope to avoid being blinded by the stars of Saints

Chiefs seek unlikely win at Northampton as England prospects grace Twickenham

Chris Robshaw

England captain Chris Robshaw signs new contract at Harlequins

Deal takes the 27-year-old through to the end of the 2015/16 season

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill claims RFU have set a dangerous precedent that he expects to be maintained

Tigers director of rugby was banned for using foul and abusive language and expects anyone who swears in the future to face the same punishment

Father Ted actor Ardal O'Hanlon has been cast in Channel 4 drama London Irish

Ardal O'Hanlon joins cast of new Channel 4 drama London Irish

Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon is joining the cast of a new near-the-knuckle Channel 4 comedy about Northern Irish pals growing up in London.

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

Heineken Cup: Leicester Tigers travel to Ulster to kick-off new season of European rugby as Round One and Two fixtures are announced

Other standout matches include Ospreys v Leinster and Racing Metro v Clermont while the second round will kick off with Saracens entertaining Toulouse in the first ever Friday night rugby match at Wembley

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has resigned

BT Sport releases further details of its new programmes and presenters ahead of the channel launch

Neil Warnock heads the list of new appointments that will bring all the coverage from its 'state of the art' studios

Tom Bristow

Tom Bristow signs deal with Leicester

Leicester have confirmed the signing of loose-head prop Tom Bristow from London Welsh.

Gavin Henson has been involved in a punch-up with a Bath teammate

Gavin Henson involved in alleged punch-up with a Bath team-mate

Wales international said to have been knocked to the ground according to witnesses

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

Leicester ponder Richard Cockerill appeal after receiving written reasons

The director of rugby has been banned for nine-matches

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