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.

Jonny Wilkinson Toulon

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson 'phenomenally proud' to get call but puts focus on Toulon

Jonny Wilkinson says he was 'phenomenally proud' to be considered for the 2013 Lions tour Down Under but adds that his 'absolute priority' lies with his club Toulon.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson could still offer the controlled precision required of the Lions when touring Australia

The fly-half has been named on the standby list for this summer's tour

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Warren Gatland leaves out English duo and names Sam Warburton captain

Saracens 12 Toulon 24 match report: Sarries find no answer to wizardly Wilkinson

Same as it ever was. Jonny Wilkinson's approach to the outside-half's art may not be as captivating as Barry John's or as complete as Daniel Carter's – he is, in some senses, a small piece of a No 10 unnaturally developed – but the parts of his game that work best are on the supreme side of brilliant. The most celebrated player of his generation guided Toulon to their first Heineken Cup final yesterday with a 24-point haul, three of which came from a drop goal that may just have been better than the one he landed on World Cup-winning night a decade ago.

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Wilkinson had rarely produced such a welling of authority

Jonny Wilkinson plays his 46th game at Twickenham tomorrow against Saracens, 43 of them for England

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Wilkinson makes an emotional return to HQ with Toulon on Sunday

Owen Farrell of Saracens

Heineken Cup preview: Semi-final is so much more than Owen Farrell versus Jonny Wilkinson

No 10s may be leading lights but Sunday’s match will be full of quality and intrigue

Heineken Cup: Saracens v Toulon match preview

A look ahead to the Heineken Cup semi-final fixture at Twickenham

Brad Barritt and Joel Tomkins leap on Chris Ashton to celebrate his try for Saracens

Saracens vow not to be intimidated by Toulon ahead of Heineken Cup semi-final

The sides meet at Twickenham on Sunday

Wasps wing Christian Wade

Wasps wing Christian Wade moves into Lions contention after nomination for Aviva Premiership player of the season award

Two current England internationals join Wade on a shortlist of six

Jonny Wilkinson, left and Owen Farrell, right.

Jonny Wilkinson is Owen Farrell's final Lions hurdle

Much as he would love one last shot at winning the jackpot with the British and Irish Lions, Jonny Wilkinson has spent the last few weeks playing down his chances of staging an international comeback in Australia this summer, effectively admitting that a full-on ruck with the Wallabies is a young man's game. If one of those young men, Owen Farrell, passes the Wilkinson test this weekend, he can expect to be named in the tour party when it is announced in seven days' time.

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Jonny Wilkinson delays retirement after signing new contract with Toulon

Former England fly-half extends career by at least another season

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