Lancaster has warned administrators that the Elite Player Squad members need to be looked after better following a gruelling Lions tour and first half of the domestic season
We select our best XV from the penultimate round of group matches across Europe
Saracens came unstuck against French opposition once again after they saw their hopes of a home draw fade with defeat to Toulouse
Second-half was a true contest of will and power on a spring-like day
A superb performance by Owen Williams, the young replacement at fly-half for Toby Flood, in Leicester's 30-23 Premiership victory over Sale Sharks was overshadowed by allegations from Richard Cockerill that the visitors “cheated” at the scrum.
Warriors are staring relegation in the face after latest defeat
Billy Vunipola was in Tiggerish mood against the Leicester Tigers as Saracens stayed on top of the Premiership with a six-try, 49-10 win at Allianz Park. The all-action England No 8, playing on Sarries’ blind-side flank, spilt a coupled of restarts amid the wind and rain, scooped up an errant opposition put-in at the scrum, scored a third-quarter try and stepped mischievously into every position at rucks and mauls: offside and on.
Record defeat for Leicester follows confirmation they will lose their England fly-half to France
Conor O’Shea believes Harlequins can clinch a remarkable comeback and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup after earning their second successive victory over big-spending Racing Metro.
Gloucester’s gifted outside-centre lost out on a place in the autumn internationals through injury, but is fit again and eyeing Six Nations spot
Munster just don’t know when to give up in the Heineken Cup.
Sarries record back to back wins over Zebre to hit the top of Pool Three and force Toulouse into producing a response after their defeat to Connacht last week
Sarries remain top of the Aviva Premiership as they grind out victory against a valiant Sale side led by the former England fly-half
Bath v Exeter Today, 3.15pm
Saracens survived a late attacking onslaught from Exeter to maintain pole position in the Aviva Premiership with a hard-fought 16-9 win at Sandy Park.
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.