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

Munster’s Paul O’Connell was made man of the match for his performance yesterday
Turning point: Aurélien Rougerie dives over to give Clermont the lead

Sitiveti Sivivatu turns on the style to send Clermont Auvergne through

Sitiveti Sivivatu scored a 60-metre try as Clermont Auvergne recovered from a sluggish start to book their place in the Heineken Cup semi-finals with a home thrashing of fellow Top 14 side Montpellier.

The sporting week ahead (07/04/13)

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David Flatman: Quins pack enough to humble Europe's fading force

From the Front Row: Nick Easter does add a world-class third option at the rear for Harlequins
There is due to be 40,000 spectators at Twickenham tonight to watch Owen Farrell (right) in action for Saracens

Heineken Cup weekend preview: Owen Farrell ready to rock out at Twickenham

A few short weeks ago, when Saracens secured home advantage in the last eight of the Heineken Cup, their England wing Chris Ashton was still being talked of as a hot contender for this summer’s Lions series in Australia.

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw

Heineken Cup: Harlequins v Munster match preview

A look ahead to Sunday's quarter-final clash

Ewen McKenzie 'interested' in Ireland job

A replacement for Declan Kidney is being sought

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is shown the door after Irish Six Nations flop

Declan Kidney finished down on his luck in the 2013 Six Nations: three defeats and a draw followed the solitary opening-day victory over Wales in Cardiff. Now, he is finished as Ireland coach. The 53-year-old former maths teacher from County Cork was shown the door by his governing body – a development widely predicted by Emerald Isle rugby experts after last month's excruciating loss to Italy in Rome, in which the Munsterman got his sums badly wrong.

Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates after scoring a controversial try during the Aviva Premiership against London Wasps at Adams Park

London Wasps 13 Saracens 22 match report: Wasps stung by Saracens' second-half comeback

These are the games that win championships. The days when opponents stick to you like glue, when your gameplan is compromised, when your kicker is off-colour but still the resolve is there to come through victorious.

Chris Robshaw: England captain not even on the bench for tonight’s trip to Gloucester

Harlequins take a gamble by resting tired Chris Robshaw

A year ago, it would have been close to unthinkable for Harlequins to rest Chris Robshaw, the England captain and just about the most consistent performer in domestic rugby, for a key Premiership fixture in the wild West Country. Tomorrow night, the reigning champions will attempt to silence a full house at Gloucester without the services of their star turn. Startlingly, Robshaw is not even on the bench.

Quins’ James Johnston will play for Sarries next season

Weekend Premiership preview: Extra spice added as Sarries meet Quins in tasty top of table encounter

It is fair to say that Harlequins, the reigning English champions, did not perform cartwheels of joy when Saracens, their immediate predecessors and chief rivals for this year’s title, secured the services of the Samoan prop James Johnston for next season.

O’Shea believes league positions will have no bearing on who lifts the season’s first silverware

Conor O'Shea refuses to wear 'favourites' mantle

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has rejected the tag of favourites ahead of today's LV= Cup final against Sale at Sixways.

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Six Nations: Wales v England match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Six Nations fixture at the Millennium Stadium

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