Wasps 27 Exeter 41
The big Tongan wing has much in common with the late, great Jonah, as he explains to Chris Hewett – but, with just one New Zealand cap to his name so far, that gives him an awful lot still to live up to
Wasps 32 Toulon 6: There was even a sighting of Stuart Lancaster, for the first time since his departure from the red-rose job following England’s spectacular World Cup pratfall
The eminent Australian back-rower is one of nine players drawn from outside England in the Wasps team who face Gloucester in the Premiership this weekend
Ahead of England’s crucial first game against France, their feisty hooker admits that front-row tactics have had to change
Saracens knocked Ulster out of last year's tournament at the same stage but top seeds have looked in imperious form this campaign
Thomas is expected to join Bath at the end of the season while Gaskell has been linked with a move to London Wasps
Toulon can clinch quarter-final qualification with a victory but Cardiff can put themselves in pole position with victory at the Allianz Riviera stadium
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
Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked
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.
Player will miss the entire 6 Nations after damaging foot ligaments
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.
Knee trouble sees loose-head prop join fellow front-rowers Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler on the casualty list
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.
Injuries force coach to retain winger for Argentina match despite his lack of form