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The Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond praised his side’s resilience after they ignored the distraction of the club’s off-field difficulties to defeat London Irish 21-9 last night.

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Chris Robshaw, the England captain, shows the media his shiner yesterday

Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

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Mullan brought in for Marler

England may have gathered at a new training base – the national football centre at St George's Park in Staffordshire – but they are suffering from an age-old problem: a rash of injury concerns ahead of the autumn internationals. Having called in two forwards, the London Irish hooker David Paice and the Harlequins lock George Robson, because of the trauma suffered by Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes during Northampton's weekend defeat by Saracens, they added to their reinforcements yesterday by sending for Matt Mullan, the Worcester prop.

Tom Casson scores a last-minute try for Harlequins

Hard knocks for Irish as Casson grabs winner that never was

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31

Away winner: Alex Goode goes over to score the only try

Injury blows for England as Saints lose their top spot

Northampton 6 Saracens 16: Hartley and Lawes both forced off in first half as Ashton makes a boisterous winning comeback

'Tough afternoon' awaits Irish with visit of Quins

"A thorough examination" awaits London Irish when Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins visit the Madejski Stadium, according to their director of rugby Brian Smith.

Gloucester’s Freddie Burns has a point to prove against Leicester

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Despite a media silence, Gloucester's precocious fly-half has the swagger to tame the Tigers today

Saracens captain Steve Borthwick goes over for a try on Saturday
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Botica the difference as Quins get sweet revenge

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Steffon Armitage will miss out

England coach Stuart Lancaster reiterates France-based player policy

England coach Stuart Lancaster has reinforced his selection policy over France-based players and made it clear that Steffon Armitage is not in line to be recalled for the QBE autumn internationals.

Putting on the ritz: Ben Botica of Harlequins breaks with the ball during their 40-13 victory over Biarritz at the Stoop last night

Botica adds boot to battering of Biarritz

Harlequins 40 Biarritz 13: Quins tear French side apart in second half but lose Evans to injury

Jason Shoemark (pictured) scored two of Exeter's five tries, with Brett Sturgess, Ben White and Sireli Naqelevuki scoring the others

Aviva Premiership round-up: Shoemark's double seals Exeter win

It was party time at Exeter as the Chiefs marked their 50th Aviva Premiership match with a 42-28 victory over Harlequins that earned them a try-scoring bonus point and prevented the visitors from going back to the top of the table.

The beautiful mind of Toby Flood picks off Exeter by numbers

Leicester 30 Exeter 8

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