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

Matt Kvesic takes the blind side flank for Gloucester on Saturday

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Statistically speaking, there is as much chance of Gloucester prevailing on their first visit to Saracens’ all-weather Allianz Park tomorrow as there is of Private Eye being nice to Michael Gove, throwing its  unqualified support behind Boris Johnson or deciding that the sweetheart deals between big business and the British tax authorities are perfectly fair and reasonable after all.

Leicester’s Tom Croft grimaces against Worcester on Sunday

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After a neck break that almost paralysed him, No 6 is out for season with ligament damage

New boy George North made a winning start to his Northampton career

It’s time to shut up about scrums and let refs and players get on with it, says Chiefs' Rob Baxter

Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

Brian O'Driscoll expresses his disappointment following the 16-15 defeat to Australia

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Ireland centre is entering his final season of professional rugby, and Robin Scott-Elliot takes a look at where the 34-year-old finds himself after a testing summer of Lions rugby

Jamie George may be a future England hooker

London Irish 20 Saracens 42 match report: Saracens inspired by Jamie George as the Irish struggle begins

There are those who think that these two teams will finish the Aviva Premiership at opposite ends of the table, and yesterday at a sun-dappled Twickenham may have confirmed that. Saracens eased away without playing particularly well, though they had to wait until the final move of the match before securing the bonus-point try.

Sale got off to a flying start, leading 14-3 by half-time thanks to a try from Mark Cueto

Rugby round-up: Mark Cueto sets up Sale's winning start

Not the start Gloucester would have wanted. Kingsholm is the Cherry and Whites' castle but Sale stormed it in the opening match of the Premiership season, going home with a 22-16 victory.

Northampton ease to opening day win over Exeter

Northampton 38 Exeter 11

Vunipola brothers get Saracens season off to flying start

London Irish 20 Saracens 42

Dominic Elliott was assistant to David Hockney (pictured)

David Hockney's assistant died after drinking acid at artist’s Bridlington home

Day of alcohol and drugs ended with fatality as the ill painter slept, inquest hears

The Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown will be playing at Harlequins until at least 2016 after signing a new contract to remain at The Stoop

Harlequins' delight as 'hungrier and hungrier' Mike Brown agrees new contract

Conor O'Shea and his fellow members of the Harlequins hierarchy were not exactly in party mood when they lost the prop James Johnston to Saracens at the end of last season: they knew instantly that, without the supersized Samoan's scrummaging strength, their chances of regaining the Premiership title over the next eight months would be less than brilliant.

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England captain Chris Robshaw signs new contract at Harlequins

Deal takes the 27-year-old through to the end of the 2015/16 season

Gavin Henson (l) is floored by Bath teammate Carl Fearns (r)

'Embarrassed' Gavin Henson says Bath have moved on from incident with Carl Fearns

But Wales rugby star has challenged his 24-year-old team-mate to a charity boxing match at the end of the season to regain his dignity

Rangi Chase showed flashes of brilliance for Castleford

Castleford 46 Bradford 34 match report: Rangi Chase puts an end to Bulls' slim hopes

Bradford's slim mathematical chance of a place in the play-offs is over, but only after a nip and tuck affair at Castleford.

Rugby injuries could be linked to early onset dementia, warns scientist

Dr Willie Stewart found that high impact sports could lead to the disease normally associated with former boxers

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