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James Hook, the forgotten man of Welsh rugby, did all that one man could do to set Perpignan on the road to European success last night. But Gloucester, desperately needing a winning injection to their season, returned to Heineken Cup rugby after a year's absence by snatching the verdict in the final five minutes.

Payne given the cold shoulder by England

Four months ago, the Wasps prop Tim Payne was one of the men principally responsible for dismantling the Wallaby scrum in Sydney and helping England to a rare victory on Australian soil. It did not mark him out as one of the great front-row forwards in rugby history – an ailing maiden aunt with a wooden leg would have outscrummaged the hosts that night – but he must have expected something better than to be drummed out of the national squad ahead of next week's big game with the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Gloucester need Deacon try to keep Quins quiet

Gloucester 33 Harlequins 26

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Tindall restored to Gloucester line-up for trip to Bath

Mike Tindall, one of the few remaining World Cup winners from 2003 still active on the international scene, will lead Gloucester in tonight's Premiership derby with Bath at the Recreation Ground. This should have been a no-brainer, given the thirty-something centre's status as club captain, but Tindall has not been in the finest of fettle this season, hence his relegation to the bench for last weekend's Wasps match. The England coaches will be relieved if he delivers something half-decent against his old employers this evening.

Samoa's new master leaves Wasps cursing

Gloucester 22 Wasps 20

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Lamb exerts powerful influence to put one over his old club

London Irish 23 Gloucester 16

Thompson gets kicks on the long road back

If Steve Thompson's ears are burning at the praise he has just received from two heroes of the game, ancient and modern, it is a feeling Leeds's England hooker is accustomed to. Thompson spent a fortnight in the summer riding a motorbike across America on the fabled Route 66, fulfilling a long-held dream on a trip of fierce desert heat, run-ins with the law and outstanding spare ribs.

Chiefs try to remain calm after 'fantastic' Gloucester scalp

Exeter 22 Gloucester 10

Chiefs' fight for survival can win place in history, declares Baxter

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has urged his players to write their names into West Country folklore by surviving their first season in the Premiership.

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