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 5 Bath 28 match report: David Young hits rock bottom after Bath’s pack revives title-winning memories

By going back to the future in the scrum – the set-piece has reverted to a proper examination of strength and technique this season, thank the lord – rugby’s legislators have given Bath the clearest possible view of the road ahead.

Sting in the tale: Wasps’ centre Elliot Daly is being tipped for a senior cap

Quickfire Elliot Daly can give England ‘a Ma’a Nonu moment'

Enjoyable as it has been to wallow in Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup-winning dropped goal from 10 years ago, the seminal moment on the minds of current players and coaches in recent days was an offload by an All Black last weekend.

Alex Corbisiero’s knee injury has added to England’s front-row problems

England v New Zealand: Front-row crisis as Alex Corbisiero is ruled out of Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

Knee trouble sees loose-head prop join fellow front-rowers Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler on the casualty list

Joe Marler is suffering from a concussion

England face headache over Joe Marler concussion

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.

Chris Ashton runs though the slalom poles during training

England v Argentina: Chris Ashton is lucky to be in the England team, says Stuart Lancaster

Injuries force coach to retain winger for Argentina match despite his lack of form

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

Elliot Daly

Gloucester ban fan who threw drink over Wasps player Elliot Daly

The incident occurred during Saturday's league game

Heineken Cup round-up: Peace on the cards for European game

Compromise is not a thought in the mind of any rugby player as he thunders into action, but for the blazers, it could lead to salvation.

Owen Farrell converts a penalty during Saracens' victory over London Wasps

Saracens 19 London Wasps 12 match report: Sarries maintain their place at the top with victory in London derby

A Will Fraser try and points from England duo Alex Goode and Will Fraser sees off valiant Wasps with captain Chris Bell going over twice

Northampton have Lions star George North available
Lamb started a couple of early-season games in the absence of Toby Flood

Ryan Lamb ban could stretch Leicester

Leicester, the reigning English champions, have some serious rugby ahead of them over the next month: a humdinger derby with high-performing Northampton this weekend, quickly followed by a horribly difficult Heineken Cup trip to Belfast, a must-win home match with Treviso in the same competition and an awkward Premiership contest at Wasps – a game they will have to play without their England personnel, who will be in red-rose camp by then.

Matt Mullen of Wasps dives over for his sides opening try

London Wasps 32 Worcester Warriors 16 match report: Guy Thompson adds bonus as Wasps end sorry run

Hosts record their first Aviva Premiership victory after 10 consecutive defeats to life spirits

Billy Vunipola: His switch to No 8 will give Saracens more power in the back five
Nick Wood was sent off after just eight minutes when Gloucester faced Saracens

Gloucester face fight to avoid three of a kind

A look ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership action

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