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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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Former England fly-half is prepared to join British and Irish Lions squad should injury hit either Jonny Sexton or Owen Farrell

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.

Samu Manoa is, to David Flatman, one of the very best overseas signings by a Premiership club in recent years
Lions call-up Matt Stevens will be in action for Sarries today

British and Irish Lions 2013: Matt Stevens targeting starting place on tour

The Saracens prop was one of the surprise inclusions in the squad

Will Jonny Wilkinson be selected?

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Sexton disappointed Jonny Wilkinson is not involved in tour

The squad met up for the first time yesterday

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

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

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Tom Youngs of Leicester Tigers holds the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season trophy at the Leicester Tigers training ground

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs wins Aviva Premiership Player of the Year

Youngs was rewarded for a campaign in which he made his England debut and was called up by the British and Irish Lions

Clockwise from top: England’s Manu Tuilagi, Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll, Wales’ Sam Warburton and Scotland’s Richie Gray

British and Irish Lions 2013: Warren Gatland prays his squad can dodge injury

A number of players are involved in end of season action

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Tom Wood handed England captaincy for tour of Argentina as Chris Robshaw is rested

Stuart Lancaster names 11 uncapped players in squad

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute

Aviva Premiership round-up: Exeter win seals place in top six

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute to clinch a remarkable 40-39 victory for Exeter against Gloucester in front of a full house at Sandy Park.

James Lawton: Rugby World Cup legacy must be more bums on seats

Talk of gouging at the Rugby World Cup box office is worrying for all those who see the 2015 tournament as the perfect platform for the game’s graduation as a fully fledged and reasonably savvy protagonist in the front rank of professional sport.

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London Welsh ready for 'emotional day' as they bow out of the Aviva Premiership

Bottom club Welsh wind up their debut season in English rugby's top flight against Worcester

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