Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

Northampton Saints 18 Newcastle Falcons 0 match report: Lawes lights up vital win in Saints’ fight for the top

Having helped turn on the town’s Christmas lights on Thursday evening, Courtney Lawes snuffed out the Newcastle Falcons as Northampton Saints consolidated their place behind Saracens at the top of the Premiership.

Gareth Steenson has been a key factor in Exeter's impressive rise to the Premiership top four

Gareth Steenson: Saracens will test Premiership play-off contenders Exeter’s standing as ‘a top side’

Gareth Steenson has warned that Premiership play-off contenders Exeter are ready to “push on and achieve more” after positioning themselves strongly for domestic and European success.

Chinese businessman murdered family of four in Northampton with 'ruthless efficiency' after business relationship turned sour, court hears

Anxiang Du accused of killing a Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer, his wife and their two daughters

Take that: Dylan Hartley celebrates as Joe Launchbury claims the first of England’s four tries

England v Argentina: Stuart Lancaster still has decisions to make on crucial positions

England's coach needs a settled spine to his team for the coming challenge but questions remain over the No 9

Toby Flood revived Leicester’s fortunes in the last quarter

Premiership: Tigers and Saints equally matched in slips and sins

The good and bad was served up in 19-19 draw at Welford Road

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

Saracens’ Chris Ashton tangles with Harlequins’ Ugo Monye

Premiership: Revitalised Chris Ashton fuelling Saracens’ hopes

Chris Ashton recognises the benefit of the “mental rest” he gained by missing the summer tours by the Lions and England – he was not selected and rested respectively – even if the rejection upset the Saracens wing. Now it has taken a new season in which his club cannot stop winning for him to enjoy his rugby again.

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

Gloucester 26 Northampton Saints 24 match report: Saints lose unbeaten record as Billy Twelvetrees kicks controversial late penalty

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.

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Coventry fans given hope after supporters' group holds talks over Ricoh Arena return

Sky Blues have begun their Leagie One campaign at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium after Ricoh dispute

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

'Just harmless fun': The creepy clown of Northampton speaks out...Beep, beep!

The now world-famous 'Northampton Clown' told a local newspaper that his appearances around the town were 'a bit of harmless fun'

New boy George North made a winning start to his Northampton career

It’s time to shut up about scrums and let refs and players get on with it, says Chiefs' Rob Baxter

Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

Northampton ease to opening day win over Exeter

Northampton 38 Exeter 11

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Man jailed for shooting his pet dog

Marc Turnbull, 38, fired on Rocky six times with an air rifle, hit him with shovel and left him for dead in a ditch

The Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown will be playing at Harlequins until at least 2016 after signing a new contract to remain at The Stoop

Harlequins' delight as 'hungrier and hungrier' Mike Brown agrees new contract

Conor O'Shea and his fellow members of the Harlequins hierarchy were not exactly in party mood when they lost the prop James Johnston to Saracens at the end of last season: they knew instantly that, without the supersized Samoan's scrummaging strength, their chances of regaining the Premiership title over the next eight months would be less than brilliant.

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