Sport Kelly Brown dives over to score Saracens’ second try against Northampton

Some of the things that happened in the northern reaches of the capital on Sunday took an awful lot of believing, not least the fact that a rapidly deteriorating Northampton contrived to finish within four points of their hosts, but there was one moment in particular when the crack of 10,000 jawbones hitting the floor bordered on the deafening.

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Tom Homer finished up with five penalties and two conversions

Exiles underline Irish love of a challenge

If England already sufficiently aware of the challenge facing them in Dublin his afternoon, London Irish offered another example of a Green triumph out of adversity with a remarkable 29-16 victory over title-chasing Saracens in rugby union's Aviva Premiership.

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Stuart Lancaster reveals his squad for Sunday's match in Dublin

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England 38 Scotland 18: Hosts start their Six Nations campaign with a routine win over a Scotland side 'on the edge of a precipice'.

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Northampton flanker faces shoulder surgery

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Saracens are in discussion with Barnet Council over the possibility of staging their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at their new Allianz Park home.

Hodgson's no dummy as Sarries head to quarter-finals on a high

Saracens 40 Edinburgh 7
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Exeter Chiefs 20 Leinster 29: O'Driscoll and Heaslip tries earn extra point to keeps Irish side in frame

Owen Farrell

Stuart Lancaster talks up Saracens and Owen Farrell

Fly-half scored 11 kicks from 11 attempts in the Heineken Cup

Yet by comparison with Mark McCall of Saracens and Richard Cockerill of Leicester, the urbane O’Shea is feeling laid-back to the point of horizontalism

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If some of the leading referees in the British Isles are currently feeling a strange burning sensation somewhere in the region of the tympanic membrane – the eardrum, in layman's terms – they had better prepare themselves for a conflagration.

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