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George Ford (L) has been named in the England EPS squad in place of Toby Flood (R)

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George Ford has benefited from a long run at No 10 with Bath

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George Ford will be the talk of the town if, as widely assumed, he replaces the France-bound Toby Flood in a revamped England squad this afternoon, but the 20-year-old Bath outside-half's promotion has not been at the top of the red-rose hierarchy's agenda in recent days. Stuart Lancaster and his lieutenants are far more concerned with issues up front, where injuries to important players are making life very complicated indeed.

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London Irish 22 Worcester Warriors 9: James O’Connor takes all the points for Irish against wan Worcester

Warriors let slip their chance to close gap on rest of the field with crucial defeat

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Worcester Warriors rugby director Dean Ryan insists his side can escape from Premiership relegation

Worcester rugby director Dean Ryan insists Warriors 'have what it takes' to avoid Premiership relegation despite 10-point gap

Warriors face 11th-place London Irish on Saturday and need a victory if they are to harbour any hopes of Premiership survival in 2014

Eamonn Sheridan holds off Gloucester’s Mike Tindall to score his first try for London Irish on Sunday

London Irish 19 Gloucester 22 match report: Billy Twelvetrees shows international class to stand tall amid festive pantomime farce

Every comedy act needs a straight man, so Sunday's prime-time Christmas special in Reading – a side-splitting sporting farce that might have been scripted by the Marx Brothers and frequently looked as though it was being performed by them as well – was the perfect showcase for Billy Twelvetrees, the England midfielder who may just be the chap to unlock the national team’s attacking game in the forthcoming Six Nations Championship. With everyone else on the field pratfalling their way through a pantomime of a contest, Twelvetrees somehow managed to rise above it all with a cool-headed contribution of considerable class.

Danny Cipriani on his way to scoring a try in the Amlin Challenge Cup match against Oyonnax

Danny Cipriani back in the spotlight but London Irish coach Brian Smith warns his London Irish side not to let the Sale Sharks fly-half dictate play

Cipriani finds himself on the cusp of an unlikely England return due to a flood of injuries in the Premiership but Smith feels he has more than enough players capable of giving Sale their own problems

Keeping Marland Yarde will be a priority for London Irish

Takeover will enable Exiles to recycle Irish cash

England's leading clubs may not know who the hell they will be playing next season, thanks to the latest rampant outbreak of political squabbling over Europe, but the uncertainty has not stopped London Irish negotiating a bright new future for themselves. The Exiles, badly strapped for cash in recent seasons, are on the point of confirming a takeover by a consortium headed by an Irish businessman, Mick Crossan, who made his pile in recycling and waste management.

Christian Wade leaves the pitch after his injury for Wasps

Christian Wade injury is kick in the guts for England

This is getting silly. England's chances of piecing together something resembling a first-choice back division for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris at the beginning of February took another heavy blow when the Wasps wing Christian Wade was ruled off-limits for six months. The most elusive attacking runner in the country will miss the forthcoming tournament in its entirety and must be rated extremely doubtful for the three-Test tour of New Zealand in June.

Christian Wade is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines

Christian Wade injury: England's injury problems mount after Wasps' wing is ruled out for up to six months

Player will miss the entire 6 Nations after damaging foot ligaments

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The gloss was taken off Wasps' 19-12 victory for over London Irish when they lost their exciting wing Christian Wade, who limped off late on after going over on his ankle. He will have a scan today that should reveal the extent of the injury.

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England and London Irish winger Marland Yarde has been ruled out for up to 14 weeks with a torn hip tendon

London Irish and England wing Marland Yarde ruled out for up to 14 weeks and could miss entire Six Nations campaign

The wing starred in England's summer tour of Argentina but has suffered a torn hip tendon after missing the bulk of the autumn internationals through injury

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