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Dean Ryan, the Worcester director of rugby, has had his share of issues with referees in the short time he has been back in the Premiership coaching game, so when the international official Wayne Barnes picked on his players with a vengeance here last night – there were enough flashes of bright yellow to obviate the need for floodlights – he was some way short of delighted. But it was not Barnes who condemned his team to this thrashing. The culprits were Worcester themselves.

Alex Corbisiero in action for Northampton Saints against Harlequins on Friday night

Harlequins 6 Northampton 13: Wilson provides finishing touch to Saints’ power play

It was wet – really wet – at the Stoop last night, and it suited Northampton all the way down to the sodden ground.

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

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

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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.

George North will make his Premiership debut for Saints

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Conor O’Shea will keep Quins wired against Wasps

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Harlequins have been the least active of England’s top-flight brigade when it comes to recruitment – just three signings, none of them in the first flush of youth, and some tinkering at academy level has been the extent of their summer business dealings – but the Londoners have no plans to change their hyperactive style of rugby. Conor O’Shea, the man in charge at The Stoop, is promising more of the same, with added attitude.

The Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown will be playing at Harlequins until at least 2016 after signing a new contract to remain at The Stoop

Harlequins' delight as 'hungrier and hungrier' Mike Brown agrees new contract

Conor O'Shea and his fellow members of the Harlequins hierarchy were not exactly in party mood when they lost the prop James Johnston to Saracens at the end of last season: they knew instantly that, without the supersized Samoan's scrummaging strength, their chances of regaining the Premiership title over the next eight months would be less than brilliant.

Robshaw has captained England 16 times

Chris Robshaw stays at Harlequins

Chris Robshaw has committed his future to Harlequins after signing a contract extension to keep him at the Premiership club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

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

Chris Ashton dives in trademark fashion for one of England’s tries against New Zealand

Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley retained in England squad as Stuart Lancaster names six new faces

England coach names elite player squads and sticks by under-fire duo

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

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Joe Marler

Joe Marler to start for England following Alex Corbisiero's Lions call-up

England take on Argentina on Saturday

Kyle Eastmond

Stuart Lancaster turns to Kyle Eastmond's creativity as England face South American XV

Stuart Lancaster hailed Kyle Eastmond’s creative potential after naming the Bath centre in the England side to play a South American XV in Montevideo tomorrow.

Samu Manoa is, to David Flatman, one of the very best overseas signings by a Premiership club in recent years
Leicester flanker Tom Croft (left) celebrates a try from team-mate Niall Morris

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