Sport Wing Jack Nowell will make his debut against France

Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell

You Write the Caption - 27/09/13

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Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Blow for Wales as Jamie Roberts written off for autumn

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

David Strettle scores one of his two tries for Saracens against Bath at Allianz Park

Saracens 31 Bath 17 match report: Balletics of Matt Stevens make Bath rue resting star turns

Home side blow away the west Country outfit in a brutal first-half display that saw the contest over after 40 minutes

Chris Robshaw impressed for Harlequins in their victory over Worcester Warriors

Worcester 13 Harlequins 37: Chris Robshaw answers critics in style as Quins run riot

Dean Ryan, the Worcester director of rugby, has had his share of issues with referees in the short time he has been back in the Premiership coaching game, so when the international official Wayne Barnes picked on his players with a vengeance here last night – there were enough flashes of bright yellow to obviate the need for floodlights – he was some way short of delighted. But it was not Barnes who condemned his team to this thrashing. The culprits were Worcester themselves.

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

You Write the Caption - 20/09/13

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The Sport Matrix: Friday 20 September 2013

Winter World Cup moves step closer as Uefa backs plan

An expansive view of how the imperious Twickenham stadium looks today

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in England hits two years

Ticket pricing and kick-off times have yet to be confirmed

Blow for Saracens as England centre Brad Barritt is ruled out until Christmas

Saracens beat Gloucester 44-12 at the weekend

Gavin Henson, left, grew steadily more influential on his first start for Bath

Gavin Henson capitalises on Bath’s display of coaching strength

Bath’s high-profile coaching group led by Gary Gold arrived midway through 2012, so by necessity they spent last season, when the Rec crew finished seventh out of 12 in the Premiership, juggling their predecessors’ resources. Not any more. As Matt Banahan, the scorer of Bath’s second try in Saturday’s 27-20 win over Leicester, put it: “You have always got a settling in period with coaches and with players. Coaches obviously want their squad and the players they want to come in, and sometimes they are working with players when they would rather have different ones. So this year we have had that teething out of the way and we have got a squad we want to build on.”

Saracens 44 Gloucester 12 match report: 14-man Gloucester sink to the bottom after Wood’s early rush of blood

There is not much love around the English club game right now: hard words are being spoken on the vexed subject of European rugby – Nigel Wray, the Saracens chairman, poured an entire pipeline’s worth of petrol on the flames consuming the Heineken Cup on Sunday by declaring that the Premiership teams would be “quite crazy” to stay in the tournament  beyond the end of the season – and even harder lessons are being learnt by sides who let their discipline slip. Ask Gloucester, who really copped it in London yesterday and find themselves at the foot of the table as a consequence.

Saracens centre Brad Barritt ruled out of England games

England centre Brad Barritt will miss the autumn internationals after undergoing foot surgery, his club Saracens have announced.

TIGER FEAT: Logovi’i Mulipola of Leicester makes a clean midfield break against Bath

Bath 27 Leicester 20: Weakened Leicester are undone by old-boy George Ford

Stand-off who helped Tigers win Premiership final kicks 17 points as his new Bath side hang on

Former Leicester Tiger's fly-half George Ford kicked Bath to victory against the Premiership champions

Bath 27 Leicester Tigers 20 match report: George Ford returns to haunt injury-plagued champions

But Tigers depart the West Country with a crucial bonus point and will be happy with the afternoon's work

Alex Corbisiero in action for Northampton Saints against Harlequins on Friday night

Harlequins 6 Northampton 13: Wilson provides finishing touch to Saints’ power play

It was wet – really wet – at the Stoop last night, and it suited Northampton all the way down to the sodden ground.

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