White knight: The flanker Ben White is the hero for Exeter

London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29 match report: Ben White steals win as Exeter sink the walking wounded back

Ben White capped a remarkable 15-point run with the decisive try as Exeter battled back to overcome a London Irish side whose long injury list gained two additions in a rugged encounter.

Nick Wood was sent off after just eight minutes when Gloucester faced Saracens

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Andy Goode scored 16 points in Wasps' 30-26 defeat at Exeter

Round-up: Baxter relief as Exeter almost let 18-point lead slip

Rob Baxter, the Exeter coach, was relieved to hear the final whistle at Sandy Park on Saturday as his side came perilously close to throwing away the points against Wasps.

Gavin Henson, left, grew steadily more influential on his first start for Bath

Gavin Henson capitalises on Bath’s display of coaching strength

Bath’s high-profile coaching group led by Gary Gold arrived midway through 2012, so by necessity they spent last season, when the Rec crew finished seventh out of 12 in the Premiership, juggling their predecessors’ resources. Not any more. As Matt Banahan, the scorer of Bath’s second try in Saturday’s 27-20 win over Leicester, put it: “You have always got a settling in period with coaches and with players. Coaches obviously want their squad and the players they want to come in, and sometimes they are working with players when they would rather have different ones. So this year we have had that teething out of the way and we have got a squad we want to build on.”

Saracens centre Brad Barritt ruled out of England games

England centre Brad Barritt will miss the autumn internationals after undergoing foot surgery, his club Saracens have announced.

Round-up: Kiwis triumph as Bismarck du Plessis is sent off

Two tries from captain Kieran Read helped New Zealand move to the top of the Rugby Championship after a 29-15 victory over South Africa in a match marked by the dismissal of Bismarck du Plessis for two contentious yellow cards.

Matt Kvesic takes the blind side flank for Gloucester on Saturday

Weekend Preview: Ben Morgan out of the pack as Gloucester reshuffle cards for Saracens game

Statistically speaking, there is as much chance of Gloucester prevailing on their first visit to Saracens’ all-weather Allianz Park tomorrow as there is of Private Eye being nice to Michael Gove, throwing its  unqualified support behind Boris Johnson or deciding that the sweetheart deals between big business and the British tax authorities are perfectly fair and reasonable after all.

Jamie George may be a future England hooker

London Irish 20 Saracens 42 match report: Saracens inspired by Jamie George as the Irish struggle begins

There are those who think that these two teams will finish the Aviva Premiership at opposite ends of the table, and yesterday at a sun-dappled Twickenham may have confirmed that. Saracens eased away without playing particularly well, though they had to wait until the final move of the match before securing the bonus-point try.

Alex Goode

Alex Goode believes disappointment is behind Saracens ahead of new season

Despite finishing top of the league, Saracens were beaten by Northampton in the play-off semi-finals

Chris Ashton dives in trademark fashion for one of England’s tries against New Zealand

Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley retained in England squad as Stuart Lancaster names six new faces

England coach names elite player squads and sticks by under-fire duo

Father Ted actor Ardal O'Hanlon has been cast in Channel 4 drama London Irish

Ardal O'Hanlon joins cast of new Channel 4 drama London Irish

Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon is joining the cast of a new near-the-knuckle Channel 4 comedy about Northern Irish pals growing up in London.

Firepower: Outside-half Freddie Burns crosses the line for one of England's seven tries in the Second Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires

Argentina 26 England 51: Freddie Burns has a night to remember

England stand-off scores try and kicks 14 points as England hit half-century against Argentina

Joe Launchbury has exceeded his own expectations during a remarkable season

Joe Launchbury: England will not take foot off the gas

Joe Launchbury has exceeded his own expectations during a remarkable  season and is determined to sign off on a victorious note as England hunt a 2-0 Test series win against Argentina.

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Marland Yarde set to make Test debut for England against Argentina

The tourists are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series

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