Saracens knocked Ulster out of last year's tournament at the same stage but top seeds have looked in imperious form this campaign
Local police said serving officer Joshua Boren appeared to have turned his gun on his wife, mother-in-law and two young children
The waiting is the hardest part. Thirty-five players, led by the reappointed national captain Chris Robshaw, will arrive in the England camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning as attention switches from the Heineken Cup – or rather, what is left of the Heineken Cup – to the Six Nations, which begins in a fortnight's time. How many will be in a condition to train before the middle of next week at the earliest? Not as many as the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, would like, almost certainly.
A soldier left traumatised after being severely wounded during a surprise attack in Afghanistan and witnessing the deaths of five of his colleagues was jailed for six years yesterday for killing his 20-month old daughter.
Saracens came unstuck against French opposition once again after they saw their hopes of a home draw fade with defeat to Toulouse
Saints' chances of progress remain slim despite victory
The caretaker manager has overseen a rise out of the Championship relegation zone since Dave Jones was sacked in December
French league leaders’ home record now stands at 70 straight wins
Northampton paid a fine of £60,000 to the Premiership for allowing George North to play for Wales outside the official international window last month, and if it made a nonsense of the league’s collective policy on the subject, everyone else appears to believe it was a stand worth taking.
Northampton stall visitors’ title challenge as Myler states his case for place in England squad
Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.
Young Britons, drinking in packs, often end up 'gloriously incoherent', according to The New York Times
The British and Irish Lions loosehead will miss Leinster's Heineken Cup run-in and could also miss the start of the Six Nations after being ruled out for eight weeks
England's leading clubs may not know who the hell they will be playing next season, thanks to the latest rampant outbreak of political squabbling over Europe, but the uncertainty has not stopped London Irish negotiating a bright new future for themselves. The Exiles, badly strapped for cash in recent seasons, are on the point of confirming a takeover by a consortium headed by an Irish businessman, Mick Crossan, who made his pile in recycling and waste management.
Anyone who had not seen Northampton’s humbling 40-7 defeat by Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens coming may have forgotten the Saints’ series of home losses to Saracens, Ulster, Harlequins, Gloucester and Leicester last season. Or Leinster’s many wondrous performances in the Heineken Cup – three-time winners since 2009, even if last season they dropped a level to winning the Amlin Challenge Cup. The boys in blue did to Northampton on Saturday what they did to them in the famous second half of the 2011 Heineken final.
If Morecambe and Wise had been blessed with Premier Rugby’s sledgehammer sense of timing, the celebrated Andre Previn sketch would have been about as side-splittingly funny as a David Cameron one-liner.