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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

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson could still offer the controlled precision required of the Lions when touring Australia

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Jonny Wilkinson plays his 46th game at Twickenham tomorrow against Saracens, 43 of them for England

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Jonny Wilkinson, left and Owen Farrell, right.

Jonny Wilkinson is Owen Farrell's final Lions hurdle

Much as he would love one last shot at winning the jackpot with the British and Irish Lions, Jonny Wilkinson has spent the last few weeks playing down his chances of staging an international comeback in Australia this summer, effectively admitting that a full-on ruck with the Wallabies is a young man's game. If one of those young men, Owen Farrell, passes the Wilkinson test this weekend, he can expect to be named in the tour party when it is announced in seven days' time.

Book closed on Sam Warburton to captain Lions

The fierce debate over the British and Irish Lions captaincy in Australia this summer turned full circle when a leading bookmaker suspended betting on Sam Warburton, the Wales flanker, who started the season as red-hot favourite before drifting towards outsider status as injury and poor form undermined his candidacy.

Leinster pictured with the trophy after winning the Heineken Cup in 2012

BT Vision ready to fight Sky Sports for Heineken Cup coverage

BT Vision are attempting to expand their portfolio

BT Vision ready to fight Sky for Heineken Cup

The wildly popular Heineken Cup is a serious target for the new players in the rugby broadcasting game. Grant Best, the senior channel executive producer of BT Vision, said today that his company “wanted to be a part of the competition in 2014, whatever that competition becomes”.

Steve Mafi of Leicester charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Wasps

Weekend Preview: Quins need a swift response to Munster loss

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Munster celebrate during their victory over Quins

Harlequins to investigate ticket sales after Munster supporters 'exceed' allocation

It is claimed 'many' Quins supporters sold on their tickets for the Heineken Cup quarter-final

<b>1 - Mako Vunipola (Saracens):</b> The England international had a very impressive game at Twickenham, and he took on Ulster's defence from the start with an impressive five carries in the first eight minutes. Despite some problems early on in the scrum, the 22-year-old readjusted and coped with the pressure put on by John Afoa superbly in the second-half.

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