Man-for-man marking from the Premiership final as Saracens defeated Bath
Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell
'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'
Ahead of England’s crucial first game against France, their feisty hooker admits that front-row tactics have had to change
Saracens knocked Ulster out of last year's tournament at the same stage but top seeds have looked in imperious form this campaign
I’ve been working on my leg power, my pace; I feel more confident
Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club
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.
Second-half was a true contest of will and power on a spring-like day
Composure wins matches. Munster, who have so strong a European tradition, possessed it last night and it ensured their progress to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup yet again, with one round of pool matches remaining. Edinburgh's failure to score a winning bonus point against Perpignan means that the Irish province cannot be caught (though their superior points difference would have kept them clear of pursuit).
Brad Barritt believes the current Saracens side is the best in his five years at the club
Sarries return to the top of the table with a dominant first-half display
Record defeat for Leicester follows confirmation they will lose their England fly-half to France
Cockerill confirmed that the England fly-half will leave the club when speaking before the match against Saracens
Toby Flood has denied reports that he has signed for Toulouse and will definitely be leaving Leicester. The England fly-half had already been heavily linked with a move across the Channel to join Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon.
Cipriani finds himself on the cusp of an unlikely England return due to a flood of injuries in the Premiership but Smith feels he has more than enough players capable of giving Sale their own problems