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Tigers face a final showdown with Ulster in Saturday with both teams vying for a home quarter-final having already qualified for the last eight
Warren Gatland already knows a thing or two about laying hands on the union code's glittering prizes, but if he makes Six Nations history over the next few weeks by coaching Wales to a third successive title, his reputation as a rugby alchemist will be secure. The 32-man squad he announced looked extremely powerful, but with several key players in contractual limbo, others plying their trade abroad and still more lamenting the viciousness of the political turf war west of the Severn, the New Zealander may have a difficult job bringing people together in common cause.
Owens thanked those who stopped to check he was ok as he made his way back to south Wales from his trip to France
Burns is expected to fill the whole left by Toulouse-bound Toby Flood at the Premiership rivals
The International Rugby Boar has promised to 'work actively with its unions towards the goal of achieving a unified and acceptable outcome for all involved'
Sarries return to the top of the table with a dominant first-half display
Leicester looked destined for Heineken Cup lament in the Languedoc until a last-minute try by Niki Goneva completed back-to-back wins over Montpellier and made qualification for the quarter-finals hugely more attainable.
Edinburgh win Heineken Cup matches in England about as often as the Scotland backs score open-field tries at Test level, so the Cherry and White-striped denizens of the Kingsholm Shed will be mourning this defeat for some time to come. True to form, there was a vintage rendition of “You Don’t Know What You’re Doing” from the massed ranks of terrace supporters midway through the second half, but no one in the ground could swear hand on heart that it was aimed at the match officials – the usual recipients of choral abuse. The targets this time may just have been the playmakers in the Gloucester midfield.
Perpignan looked to have secured a late win through Tommaso Benvenuti's effort by Hahrahan came off the bench to score with time expired
The British and Irish Lions loosehead will miss Leinster's Heineken Cup run-in and could also miss the start of the Six Nations after being ruled out for eight weeks
The issue is being raised in all sports following the match-fixing investigations that has rocked English football in recent weeks
Connacht coach Pat Lam was delighted at the way his side held their nerve on Sunday to pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of the Irish provincial side and put them back in the hunt for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.
Quarter-final place now in sight as Londoners take apart French in four-try demolition
Scarlets held Clermont to a half-time 6-3 deficit but Heineken Cup favourites stretched their unbeaten home record to 68 matches
Wilkinson let 11 points slip away through missed kicks but valiant Chiefs are seen off thanks to late drop goal
If Morecambe and Wise had been blessed with Premier Rugby’s sledgehammer sense of timing, the celebrated Andre Previn sketch would have been about as side-splittingly funny as a David Cameron one-liner.