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Yet by comparison with Mark McCall of Saracens and Richard Cockerill of Leicester, the urbane O’Shea is feeling laid-back to the point of horizontalism

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Danny Care, Harlequins' England scrum-half, spoke for the league leaders after a fearsome forwards' performance in Saturday's 18-9 win at Northampton. "We wanted to send out a statement to the rest of the Premiership," said Care, "that we're the champions and we want to be the champions again."

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Worcester 13 London Welsh 6

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Harlequins 53 Zebre 5

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Saracens are one month away from introducing the first non-grass pitch to professional rugby union. Saracens' players will use the artificial pitch at the club's new home in the refurbished Copthall Stadium in Mill Hill, north London, for the first time in training this week.

Brace yourself: Sam Smith scored two tries in a comprehensive win

Quins earn their stripes against hapless Zebre

Zebre 14 Harlequins 57

Lewis Moody: All Blacks win is giant step forward for new-look side

Who saw that coming? I have been one of the more supportive voices in England's favour over the last few weeks but I never saw them beating New Zealand. The criticism levelled at Stuart Lancaster and his players over the previous two weeks was not a true reflection of their worth. Equally, as incredible as Saturday's performance was, England are not all of a sudden miles ahead of everybody else. Lancaster will be well aware of that and so will the players.

Glittering prize: Chris Robshaw displays the fruits of his side's labour in giving the All Blacks a cold bath

Robshaw goes straight to the top of the class

England have much to do but display of maturity bodes well for future

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