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When Chris Robshaw led England for the first time, at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2012 Six Nations, his back division was as green as the proverbial grass. Owen Farrell was making his international debut in the centre, as was Brad Barritt, and while dear old Charlie Hodgson had a fair few caps behind him at outside-half, the impression was of a unit in its infancy. And now, two years down the red-rose road? The back line has grown less experienced, not more.

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The Northampton University student has said he will continue to appear as the clown despite death threats

Scarlets’ Rhodri Williams dives in to score the first try on Saturday

Heineken Cup: Harlequins face stiff French test of credentials after being left red-faced by Scarlets

Harlequins’ doomed attempt to play fast and loose against a Scarlets team that knows no other way – “we will never change,” said the Welsh region’s manager and former Wales wing Garan Evans, as he boarded a bus emblazoned with a rampant dragon for a happy journey back down the M4 – leaves them contemplating more of the same pain this weekend, away to Clermont Auvergne in the second round of Heineken Cup pool matches.

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Stuart Lancaster frustrated at block on Sam Dickinson

England coach stopped by RFU agreement from bringing in impressive No 8 for autumn Tests

Toby Flood revived Leicester’s fortunes in the last quarter

Premiership: Tigers and Saints equally matched in slips and sins

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Ed Slater celebrates after pulling Leicester Tigers level against Northampton Saints

Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 19 match report: Saints poised to start party until Ed Slater crashes over

Flanker’s converted try salvages draw as Tigers  survive the absence of nine first-team players

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James Johnston of Saracens is congratulated by his team-mate Neil De Kock

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Evans’ four penalties prove to be in vain as Harlequins are outmuscled in cross-capital derby

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Dan Bowden given task to maximise the destructive Manu Tuilagi as Stuart Lancaster confirms he is on the England radar

The Kiwi-born inside centre has settled into the second playmaker role for the Tigers and could very well find himself in the Red Rose in the not too distant future

Boot polish: Billy Twelvetrees lands a penalty with the last kick of the match

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Amidst a storm of controversy, Northampton lost their unbeaten Aviva Premiership record to the last kick of the game. Having snatched the lead only three minutes earlier, the Midland club stood and watched as Billy Twelvetrees kicked the 39-metre penalty goal which gave Gloucester their first win of the season.

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