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
Wasps 19 Exeter 16
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
A penalty try and 14 points from veteran fly-half Goode was enough to see off a youthful Exiles side
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
Lancaster will freshen up England side with Ashton, Youngs and Cole due to be rested
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.
Hosts record their first Aviva Premiership victory after 10 consecutive defeats to life spirits
Harlequins v Saracens
A look ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership action