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Fiery flanker reveals how Sarries’ extravagant team-bonding trips will help them give their all at Ravenhill in the Heineken Cup on Saturday – and how it just might pay off

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No mood for compromise at split Heineken launch

Neither side prepared to give ground in TV row that threatens to sink competition

Leigh Halfpenny was named man of the series during the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

Leigh Halfpenny set to visit Toulon while Sam Warburton return for Cardiff Blues has triggered further exit talks

British and Irish Lions duo have been linked with a move to France as their contracts are set to expire in the summer

Northampton are set to field George North against Sale

Now Celtic teams seem to hang ERC out to dry...

...but they insist they will only follow French and English if new format suits them too

Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Blow for Wales as Jamie Roberts written off for autumn

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

Quentin Smith, the chairman of Premier Rugby says, ‘The stable door has been shut and bolted’

Clubs dismiss talks and commit to new Champions Cup

England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.

Exclusive: Ireland could miss 2015 World Cup

A senior figure in Irish rugby is claiming that none of their provinces will join the new tournament being planned by militant English and French clubs to replace the Heineken Cup in 2014, raising fears Ireland will pull out of the 2015 World Cup.

The build-up to the 1999 World Cup, in which the Kiwis beat England in the group stage (pictured), was plagued by a similar ruckus

English World Cup could be disrupted by breakaway row

Prolonged dispute over clubs' Heineken Cup exit may undermine money-spinning event

TIGER FEAT: Logovi’i Mulipola of Leicester makes a clean midfield break against Bath

Bath 27 Leicester 20: Weakened Leicester are undone by old-boy George Ford

Stand-off who helped Tigers win Premiership final kicks 17 points as his new Bath side hang on

Former Leicester Tiger's fly-half George Ford kicked Bath to victory against the Premiership champions

Bath 27 Leicester Tigers 20 match report: George Ford returns to haunt injury-plagued champions

But Tigers depart the West Country with a crucial bonus point and will be happy with the afternoon's work

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

English and French clubs to stand ground over Heineken Cup

Clubs insist talk of setting up new competition is real

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

Row over future of Heineken Cup takes farcical twist

English and French teams have vowed to set up own competition

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

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Giles defends team following criticism

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

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