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Saracens are in discussion with Barnet Council over the possibility of staging their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at their new Allianz Park home.

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Stuart Lancaster's carefully laid plans for the forthcoming Six Nations Championship were subject to early adjustment last night, with the first sight of the enemy still almost a fortnight distant. Injuries to two of the England coach's back-row forwards, the Exeter flanker Tom Johnson and the Northampton bruiser Calum Clark, forced him into action and he immediately turned to the uncapped Worcester breakaway Matt Kvesic to fill one of the gaps.

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Over he goes: Brian O’Driscoll scores the third of Leinster’s four tries against Exeter – his 32nd in 82 Heineken Cup appearances

Match Report: Leinster's bonus is a game of wait and see

Exeter Chiefs 20 Leinster 29: O'Driscoll and Heaslip tries earn extra point to keeps Irish side in frame

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Bradley Davies needs an operation on his ankle injury, bringing the number of locks on the absentee list to four

Heineken Cup round-up: Davies operation adds to Welsh woe

They're going down like flies. Interim coach Rob Howley has seen Wales's injury list grow and grow and now his problems have reached crisis proportions. Bradley Davies needs an operation on his ankle injury, bringing the number of locks on the absentee list to four.

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

Weekend Preview: Coaches face test of cool as European tensions rise

If some of the leading referees in the British Isles are currently feeling a strange burning sensation somewhere in the region of the tympanic membrane – the eardrum, in layman's terms – they had better prepare themselves for a conflagration.

Northampton director Jim Mallinder knows his side face a tall order against Castres tonight

Saints must be at best to keep their unlikely European dream alive

As recently as a month ago, Northampton were all dressed up with nowhere to go. Spanked by Ulster on home soil, their chances of playing knockout rugby in the Heineken Cup seemed more remote than the Planet Zog. Their domestic league form was nothing to write home about, they had lost the services of their long-serving coach Paul Grayson in circumstances that were never satisfactorily explained, most of their best players were either injured or out of form and it looked for all the world as though the influential figures they had lost to Irish provinces last May – the No 8 Roger Wilson and the centre James Downey – were being terribly missed.

The sporting week ahead (06/01/13)

Today

Dean Richards: The sinner turned saint has Newcastle Falcons flying high

Having done his time for his role in the Quins Bloodgate scandal, Richards is enjoying a new lease of life resurrecting Newcastle, as he tells Simon Turnbull

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Wales' Lee Byrne faces lengthy lay-off after breaking back

The Wales full-back Lee Byrne could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his club revealed he had suffered a significant back injury.

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Harlequins feast on stuffed Zebre before Big Game

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Heineken Cup round-up: Parra leaves Leinster facing early exit

Leinster's hopes of winning the Heineken Cup for the third season in a row were dealt a blow when they were defeated for a second time by Clermont-Auvergne, who lead Pool Five by eight points.

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