Manoa is not obviously in need of building up

19st Samu Manoa’s mum would like to see him make a meal of a few Tigers

When Samu Manoa’s mother last saw him, she decided that the 19st-plus Northampton forward was looking a little on the skinny side. “Are they feeding you over there in England?” she asked him. “Give me the coach’s number. I’ll call him.”

Leicester's captain, the fly-half Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints: Leicester out to prove they are still the local authority in derby final

Emotionally charged Saints will need to be at their best to beat the Tigers this afternoon

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley celebrates with teammate Phil Dowson after their semi-final success

Aviva Premiership final preview: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

A look ahead to Saturday's game at Twickenham

Tom Youngs

Tom Youngs insists focus is on Tigers rather than Lions in the Leicester camp ahead of final with Northampton

Youngs is set to be joined in Tigers' Twickenham line-up by five fellow Lions

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 23 May 2013

Pellegrini edges closer to City role

Jonny Wilkinson is ‘injury only’ for the Lions

Warren Gatland stands by Lions squad selection as clamour for Jonny Wilkinson grows

Outside-halves? They’re more trouble than they’re worth, even when the players involved are as accomplished, in their very different ways, as Jonny Wilkinson and Quade Cooper.

Tories reject Feldman probe calls over 'swivel-eyed loons' row

The Conservative Party board has rejected a call for an investigation into whether Tory co-chairman Lord Feldman described grassroots activists as "swivel-eyed loons".

No 2's company: Competing Lions hookers Tom Youngs (left) and Dylan Hartley. 'On the training field you want to get ahead of each other,' says Youngs

Tom Youngs to stake claim for Lions start in showdown

Leicester hooker faces rival Hartley in Aviva Premiership decider

A Bradford fan watches as his team goes on to get promoted

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion

Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.

Phil Parkinson (left) and Aidy Boothroyd will be going head-tohead at Wembley

League Two Play-off Final: Fallen stars sense chance for renewal in showpiece game as Northampton face Bradford

Bright young managers of yesteryear lock horns at Wembley

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley celebrates with teammate Phil Dowson after their semi-final success

Saracens 13 Northampton 27: Saints shake off 'chokers' tag to shock Saracens at their fortress

Northampton produce ferocious first half display to knockout table-toppers Saracens with 27-13 win and head to Twickenham showcase for the first time in their history

Tom Croft touches down for Leicester's third try in their 33-16 victory over Harlequins

Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 16 match report: Goneva try lights up merciless Tigers

Fijian's brilliant finish turns tide against Harlequins as Leicester reach ninth successive play-off final

Aviva Premiership weekend preview: Chris Robshaw suffers again as injury rules him out of semi-final

Quins alarm bells are ringing as their title goes on the line against a formidable Leicester

Owen Farrell of Saracens

Premiership semi-finals: Saracens v Northampton Saints match preview

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