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'

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London Welsh finished bottom of the Premiership this term

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Two current England internationals join Wade on a shortlist of six

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Harlequins guaranteed themselves a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs after England scrum-half Danny Care claimed a hat-trick in a 42-26 win away to Worcester Warriors.

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Bath (7th) v Leicester (2nd)

Steve Mafi of Leicester charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Wasps
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Wasps’ future secured with fresh investment

Derek Richardson, an Irish businessman who made his pile in the insurance market, was the new principal shareholder of the club

Brad Barritt and Joel Tomkins leap on Chris Ashton to celebrate his try for Saracens

Chris Ashton making a splash again after confusion with England

If Chris Ashton was hurt by pundits taking a dim view of his tackling and lack of tries while he was with England in the Six Nations Championship, his return to club action with Saracens has salved the wounds.

Peter Stringer (left) and Jérôme Fillol clash before the spitting incident

IRB call for 'spitting' Frenchman to feel force of law

Peter Stringer was “disgusted” at apparently being spat at by his French opposite number Jérôme Fillol as Bath became the last English side to crash out of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

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Heineken Cup: Saracens v Ulster match preview

A look ahead to Saturday's quarter-final clash

Ian Madigan kicks Leinster towards another final

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Joe Launchbury of Wasps aims to impress against Leinster

Warren Gatland plans busy weekend of Lions scouting

Warren Gatland is not quite as mobile as he once was – two dodgy heels, the legacy of a nasty fall in his native New Zealand last year, have put a brake on the former All Black hooker – but he will still leave his peers standing this weekend.

Stephen Donald

All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

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