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Forget the scrummaging machine and the midfield playbook; make way for the stethoscope, the thermometer and the neurocognitive assessment kit. This weekend’s “vengeance match” between England and New Zealand already has the makings of a medical drama as well as a sporting one, with the home camp expressing concern over the concussion suffered by the loose-head prop Joe Marler during the victory over Argentina three days ago and the tourists taking every anti-virus precaution under the sun.

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Argentina are exploring the four corners of the earth. Since late summer the Pumas have roamed the southern hemisphere, to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Now it is time for the northern hemisphere, the air miles ticking ever upwards.

Brian Smith: Troubled Argentina can be dangerous but England should tame them

Coach's view: You can have all the talent and potential in the world yet struggle when your players are spread all over the globe

Dylan Hartley will return to the England team for the Test against Argentina

England v Argentina: Stuart Lancaster overhauls front-row while Marland Yarde and Christian Wade ruled out through injury

Ben Foden comes in on the left wing as Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley and David Wilson form new front-three

Christian Wade may be recalled for England

Autumn internationals: Sheer class of winger Christian Wade leads to call up

Lancaster will freshen up England side with Ashton, Youngs and Cole due to be rested

Leicester's Miles Benjamin hands off Tom Court

Ulster 22 Leicester 16: Jackson’s aim is true as Ulster see off Tigers

Hosts recover from early setback to maintain Ravenhill fortress

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Premiership: Chris Robshaw given all-clear after Harlequins’ defeat angers director of rugby Connor O’Shea

Chris Robshaw’s half-time exit from Harlequins’ 18-13 defeat to London Irish is nothing to worry about, claimed Conor O’Shea, the director of rugby.

Northampton have Lions star George North available
Matt Banahan attempts to break through the London Irish defence

Bath 33 London Irish 18 match report: George Ford motors as Bath sink battling Irish before the half-time whistle

Young fly-half puts his hand up for England after leading first-half demolition of Irish

Billy Vunipola: His switch to No 8 will give Saracens more power in the back five

Last night's viewing - London Irish, Channel 4; The Wrong Mans, BBC2

The first episode of brand new Channel 4 sitcom London Irish opened and closed with the four twentysomething Northern Irish expat protagonists getting bladdered in the pub. That's right, writer Lisa McGee (a Londonderry woman herself) isn't afraid to confront those national stereotypes head on. This would also explain the scene riffing on a certain budget airline's baggage policy, and the cameo from Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon.

Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Blow for Wales as Jamie Roberts written off for autumn

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

Leicester Tigers Dan Bowden could be playing for England after qualifying on residency rules

Dan Bowden given task to maximise the destructive Manu Tuilagi as Stuart Lancaster confirms he is on the England radar

The Kiwi-born inside centre has settled into the second playmaker role for the Tigers and could very well find himself in the Red Rose in the not too distant future

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