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Welsh wing George North was the galvanising force in Northampton's win over Bath

The star in George North starts to appear for Saints

Northampton paid a fine of £60,000 to the Premiership for allowing George North to play for Wales outside the official international window last month, and if it made a nonsense of the league’s collective policy on the subject, everyone else appears to believe it was a stand worth taking.

Leicester Tigers' Owen Williams

Rugby round-up: Owen Williams show put in shade
by Richard Cockerill's 'cheat' claims

A superb performance by Owen Williams, the young replacement at fly-half for Toby Flood, in Leicester's 30-23 Premiership victory over Sale Sharks was overshadowed by allegations from Richard Cockerill that the visitors “cheated” at the scrum.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has accused Sale Sharks of cheating

Leicester Tigers 30 Sale Sharks 23: Director of rugby Richard Cockerill accuses Sale of purposely 'cheating' at the scrum

But opposite number Steve Diamond hits back saying that's 'fine' coming from someone such as Cockerill who has a history of issues with referees

Leicester Tigers wing Adam Thompstone scores a try in their victory over Sale Sharks

Leicester Tigers 30 Sale Sharks 23 match report: First half performance enough to see champions home despite valiant fightback

Tigers led 20-6 at half-time before Sale mounted a brave but unsuccessful comeback

Owen Farrell could miss Saracen’s next match at Worcester after being carried off during their victory against Leicester

Saracens 49 Leicester 10: Billy Vunipola power leads Saracens to record win

Billy Vunipola was in Tiggerish mood against the Leicester Tigers as Saracens stayed on top of the Premiership with a six-try, 49-10 win at Allianz Park. The all-action England No 8, playing on Sarries’ blind-side flank, spilt a coupled of restarts amid the wind and rain, scooped up an errant opposition put-in at the scrum, scored a third-quarter try and stepped mischievously into every position at rucks and mauls: offside and on.

Owen Farrell tries to break through the Leicester defence

Saracens 49 Leicester 10 match report: Toby Flood leaves and Sarries gates open

Record defeat for Leicester follows confirmation they will lose their England fly-half to France

Toby Flood will leave Leicester Tigers at the end of the season

Toby Flood to leave Leicester Tigers at the end of the season, confirms director of rugby Richard Cockerill

Cockerill confirmed that the England fly-half will leave the club when speaking before the match against Saracens

Nigel Pearson was happy with the victory over QPR after Leicester go level with opponents at the top of the Championship

QPR 0 Leicester 1: Foxes manager Nigel Pearson praises clean sheet after they leave frustrated Rangers with all three points

Leicester moved level on points with QPR at the top of the Championship

QPR midfielder Matty Phillips reflects after missing a chance against Leicester

QPR 0 Leicester 1 match report: Jamie Vardy leaves a large dent in Rangers’ grand plans

Harry Redknapp's side suffered their first loss at Loftus Road with Joey Barton sent off for picking up two yellows in a minute

Toby Flood, right, has dropped down the England pecking order and moving abroad would dent his hopes further

Leicester's Toby Flood sinks rumours he has already signed for Toulouse

Toby Flood has denied reports that he has signed for Toulouse and will definitely be leaving Leicester. The England fly-half had already been heavily linked with a move across the Channel to join Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon.

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Jamie Gibson goes over from close range for Leicester against Montpellier on Sunday

Leicester 41 Montpellier 32: Miles Benjamin delighted to accept French surrender

The English clubs may be turning their backs on the most compelling annual tournament in the union game but at least they are showing the good grace to wait until the end of the season. The French appear to be engaged in a mass skedaddle with two thirds of the campaign still to run. Racing Métro, Perpignan, Toulouse... between them, three of the biggest teams in the country have just made a mockery of the idea that they are still remotely interested in European competition.

Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon travel to take on Exeter

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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.

Jonny Wilkinson (in red) and his Toulon team-mates hoist aloft the Heineken Cup after victory over Clermont Auvergne back in May

English clubs set for vote on whether to participate in European competitions next season

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