Sport England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

Passing judgement: Dylan Hartley now believes that pushing the opposition back five metres is the way to hurt them

Six Nations: Dylan Hartley turns pacifist ahead of England-France match: ‘You can’t just punch anyone any more’

Ahead of England’s crucial first game against France, their feisty hooker admits that front-row tactics have had to change

Luke Marshall of Ulster battles past Leicester Tigers Matt Smith

Heineken Cup: Ulster out for revenge when Saracens travel to Ravenhill

Saracens knocked Ulster out of last year's tournament at the same stage but top seeds have looked in imperious form this campaign

Henry Thomas and James Gaskill will leave Sale Sharks at the end of the season

England prop Henry Thomas and former Saxons captain James Gaskell to leave Sale Sharks, confirms Steve Diamond

Thomas is expected to join Bath at the end of the season while Gaskell has been linked with a move to London Wasps

Exeter Chiefs 10 Glasgow Warriors 15: Scots give themselves a chance of second place with comeback success

Glasgow Warriors came back from 10-0 down to win at Exeter and climb off the foot of Heineken Cup Pool Two.

Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz attempts to break through the Cardiff defence

Heineken Cup: Gethin Jenkins challenges Cardiff Blues to defeat his former side Toulon and put them in the driving seat

Toulon can clinch quarter-final qualification with a victory but Cardiff can put themselves in pole position with victory at the Allianz Riviera stadium

Andy Goode kicks Wasps’ match-winning drop goal

Anthony Watson and Miles Benjamin to vie for England spot

Leicester v Bath

Magic moment: Jonathan Joseph speeds over for the Bath’s decisive try

Rugby round-up: Loss of Andy Goode proves costly for Wasps as Stephen Myler saves Saints

A round-up of Saturday's Aviva Premiership action

Toby Flood, right, has dropped down the England pecking order and moving abroad would dent his hopes further

Leicester's Toby Flood sinks rumours he has already signed for Toulouse

Toby Flood has denied reports that he has signed for Toulouse and will definitely be leaving Leicester. The England fly-half had already been heavily linked with a move across the Channel to join Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon.

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

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Wales keep Warren Gatland till 2019 but agree to release him if Lions come calling

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

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

Andy Goode kicks successfully at goal during Wasps win over London Irish

London Irish 12 Wasps 19 match report: Andy Goode wins battle of the boot as Wasps defeat London rivals

A penalty try and 14 points from veteran fly-half Goode was enough to see off a youthful Exiles side

Nathan Catt can confirm his improvement for Bath
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