A fresh start for Mike Tindall. After his widely-documented travails while on national service in New Zealand, the 31-year-old lines up at inside-centre for Gloucester against Exeter at Sandy Park today, having been on bench duty a week ago. He partners Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, whose woes from the World Cup have continued.

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Johnson remains in limbo after RFU removes Thomas

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Peter Bills: England performance was shockingly deficient

Talking Rugby... To see this sub-standard, grossly inferior stuff again being churned out last weekend by northern hemisphere countries was to despair.

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