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'

Wasps reveal details of takeover deal

Wasps have exchanged contracts on the sale of the club to a new consortium headed up by former player Ken Moss.

London Welsh appeal over Premiership exclusion put back

London Welsh's appeal against the decision to block their promotion to the Aviva Premiership has been delayed by a week.

London Welsh appeal after being denied promotion to the Premiership

London Welsh's appeal against a decision barring them promotion to the Aviva Premiership looks set to be heard later this month.

Dan Biggar kicked the decisive conversion for Ospreys in Dublin

Williams bows out by sealing final win for Ospreys

Leinster 30 Ospreys 31

Christian Wade: The uncapped Wasps winger will benefit from a first run-out with England

Foden talks a good game ahead of bash with the Baa-Baas

Ben Foden was keen to make himself clear. "When you play the Barbarians, you find yourselves being pulled into their style of rugby," the England full-back said this week. "It's hard not to get swept up in it and that's when mistakes happen. We need to control the tempo of the game, to play in the right areas." It was a thoughtful appraisal of the prospects for tomorrow's contest at Twickenham. Anyone would think it was a Test match.

Christian Wade named in England squad to face Barbarians

Christian Wade will get a chance to press his claims for the Test series against South Africa after being named in a strong England team to face the Barbarians.

Wasps’ winger Christian Wade has been called up by England for the South Africa tour

Lancaster to give young pretenders a real blooding

Wade, Youngs and Lowe thrown in at deep end in 42-man England squad for tour of South Africa

Danny Care was arrested four times in three months

Danny Care returns as England squad for South Africa tour announced

England coach Stuart Lancaster has included 13 uncapped players in his 42-man squad for the five-match, three-Test summer tour of South Africa.

Shaun Edwards has been linked with a move to the RFU

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards to join London Irish

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards is to join the London Irish coaching staff after the Grand Slam winners' summer tour to Australia.

Wasps’ Christian Wade makes a break during the defeat against Newcastle

Newcastle left to sweat it out after heroics

Wasps 10 Newcastle 14

Stuart Lancaster, the newly appointed England coach

Exeter season catches eye of England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Exeter's memorable season that has been highlighted by Heineken Cup qualification for the first time could soon receive recognition from Stuart Lancaster.

Gary Gold talks to the Newcastle players

Gold: Newcastle can cope if great escape falls short

Newcastle Falcons might be going into the Aviva Premiership relegation decider against Wasps at Adams Park on Saturday needing the rugby equivalent of a snooker to avoid bottom place but Gary Gold, their temporary director of rugby, insisted: "I don't think we're under that much pressure."

Danny Cipriani has made no secret of his desire to win back his England place

Tearful Cipriani makes early Melbourne exit

Danny Cipriani wept when he informed his Super 15 clubmates in Melbourne that he would be leaving town ahead of schedule and returning to England to start preparing for the resurrection of his international career.

The Bath faithful were moderately happy, since this was a win on his last appearance at the Rec for Duncan Bell (left) the popular prop who led his team out

Vesty error gives Wasps bonus in relegation battle

Bath 17 London Wasps 12

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