Sport England captain Chris Robshaw in training at Pennyhill Park

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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A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Would you travel 34 miles for a home game? Coventry City fans may have to get used to the drive to Northampton

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The Tigers' director of rugby was banned for nine matches

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill handed nine-match ban

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were “obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional” during the Aviva Premiership final.

Western Force’s Brett Sheehan appears to accuse Cian Healy of biting him

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Lions prop faces disciplinary hearing after being cited for offence but must also have scan on ankle injury

Hard graft: Courtney Lawes is not about to apologise for his principal talent – hitting opponents hard – but he is working on line-out skills as well

Courtney Lawes has lots to learn without losing his bite

Lock will keep big hits coming but is trying to add variety to toughness

Kyle Eastmond

Stuart Lancaster turns to Kyle Eastmond's creativity as England face South American XV

Stuart Lancaster hailed Kyle Eastmond’s creative potential after naming the Bath centre in the England side to play a South American XV in Montevideo tomorrow.

Calum Clark has only just returned from a 32-week suspension

Northampton flanker Calum Clark misses out on third England spot

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months after he failed to overcome an ankle injury in time to make the tour of Uruguay and Argentina.

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months

Northampton flanker Calum Clark ruled out of England squad

Clark was ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa last year and the autumn internationals

Dylan Hartley trudges off after the presentation

Banned Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour

Rory Best called up after hooker given 11-week ban for calling Premiership final referee Wayne Barnes a cheat

Leicester captain Toby Flood left the pitch injured before half time

Loss of captains critical in fiery Aviva Premiership showpiece final

A tale of two captains who failed to last the course, one in disgrace, the other whose absence looked likely to cost his club the grandest domestic prize English rugby has to offer. The 228th meeting of these two Midland rivals was not, you might say, without incident.

Leicester's Steve Mafi, Vereniki Goneva, Logovi'i Mulipola and Manu Tuilagi with the trophy

Match report Leicester 37-17 Northampton: Tigers triumph in Premiership final as Dylan Hartley sees red

Dylan Hartley was sent off in the first half as Leicester Tigers were crowned Premiership Champions with a 37-17 victory at Twickenham.

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