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Freddie Burns, the Gloucester outside-half whose 17-minute cameo for England in the pre-Christmas victory over the All Blacks suggested he might single-handedly transform the national team's fortunes as an attacking force, is under consideration for his club's Premiership derby at Bath on Friday night. If he plays, it will be his first outing since mid-January, when he damaged knee ligaments in the early stages of a European tie with the French side Mont-de-Marsan.

Philippe Saint-André led the acclaim for France’s opponents

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England entertain France at Twickenham this weekend

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Scott Johnson riles England with resources jibe

Scotland coach makes light of red-rose injury worries by pointing to '40,000 to choose from'

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International will join from London Irish at the end of the season

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Stuart Lancaster names squad for upcoming tournament

Owen Farrell is on track to be England’s fly-half against Scotland

Clinical Farrell shows Cipriani why he is England’s No 10

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King George: London Irish forward George Skivington puts the ball down for first of his two tries yesterday

Burns fails to sparkle as Irish pull off shock

Gloucester 12 London Irish 18: England coach Catt sees fly-half flop and former club end their losing run

Freddie Burns (left) is closing in on a place in England’s Six Nations squad

Gloucester making all the right noises

Burns, Sharples and Twelvetrees look to impress against lowly London Irish

O'Connell captained the Lions in South Africa four years ago

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The chances of Paul O’Connell completing a full house of British and Irish Lions trips to the great southern hemisphere rugby nations appeared more remote than ever today, despite successful back surgery at a hospital in Dublin.

Schalk Brits of Saracens is tackled by Samu Manoa

Northampton not out of the title race insists Jim Mallinder

Saints beaten 17-16 by Saracens yesterday

The hosts’ No 9, Danny Care, runs in a try

Exiles reach for losers' lexicon while Quins roll on

Harlequins 26 London Irish 15: Irish steel themselves for a relegation dogfight after being tormented by league leaders

Exiles emulate Quins in big-game inspiration

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