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.
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Saturday 23 November 2013
Champions Leicester ended a dismal run in the Aviva Premiership with a 20-11 victory at home to London Irish thanks to two controversial penalty tries.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
A teenager accused of planning a “Columbine-style” attack on his former school will face a re-trial after an Old Bailey jury were unable to reach verdicts on two terrorism charges.
Sunday 17 November 2013
Where do you consider England's traditional strengths lie? That's right, the set-piece, the less than glamorous areas on which success is founded. Where did it go wrong for England yesterday when the outcome hung in the balance, midway through the second half? That's right, the set-piece or, with regard to the scrum, the lack of it.
Friday 08 November 2013
Care will provide cover for for starting scrum-half Lee Dickson after being called in as injury cover
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Ministers want to give local authorities and police more power to intervene to prevent attacks and jail owners but bull and mastiff breeds won't be banned
Tuesday 05 November 2013
A young girl has died after being bitten by a dog, Leicestershire Police said.
Friday 11 October 2013
The police launched a dramatic crackdown on the practice of ghost broking this week by arresting 27 people in dawn swoops on Wednesday.
Wednesday 09 October 2013
Shehnila Taufiq, her teenage sons Jamal and Bilal and daughter Zainab, died in the fire in Wood Hill
Sunday 06 October 2013
The good and bad was served up in 19-19 draw at Welford Road
Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 19 match report: Saints poised to start party until Ed Slater crashes over
Saturday 05 October 2013
Flanker’s converted try salvages draw as Tigers survive the absence of nine first-team players
Thursday 03 October 2013
The science teacher of a teenager accused of planning a repeat of the Columbine massacre told a court the boy asked him which gun he would prefer to be shot with. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also asked for advice from the chemistry teacher about making explosives and told him he wanted to “blow up a mosque,” the Old Bailey heard.
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