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.

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree supervises an England training session

Six Nations 2013: Graham Rowntree regrets describing England as 'in the gutter'

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Andy Farrell with England coach Stuart Lancaster

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Saracens go top with bonus-point win over London Welsh

Saracens 35 London Welsh 14

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Burns in frame to make comeback for Gloucester

Freddie Burns, the Gloucester outside-half whose 17-minute cameo for England in the pre-Christmas victory over the All Blacks suggested he might single-handedly transform the national team's fortunes as an attacking force, is under consideration for his club's Premiership derby at Bath on Friday night. If he plays, it will be his first outing since mid-January, when he damaged knee ligaments in the early stages of a European tie with the French side Mont-de-Marsan.

Courtney Lawes

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster expecting major impact from bench against France

Courtney Lawes will make his first England start at blindside flanker as one of three changes

Brad Barritt

Six Nations: Brad Barritt happy to operate under the radar for England

England take on France at Twickenham this weekend

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Six Nations: England's strength a product of the Premiership claims Alex Goode

England take on France at Twickenham this weekend

Stuart Lancaster had a “good chat” with his Lions counterpart

Six Nations: England call up Elliot Daly and Joel Tomkins as cover for France showdown

Two uncapped drafted in for Twickenham showdown

Mako break: Saracens prop Mako Vunipola goes over for his second try of the match against Exeter yesterday

Match Report: Saracens find cutting edge on new ground

Saracens 31 Exeter Chiefs 11: After failed kicks and fumbles, Hodgson and Vunipola pile on points

Manu Tuilagi is set to be back in action for Leicester
Joe Marler and the England squad pictured training

Joe Marler: England would win the World Cup if it was tomorrow

England prop says that on current form England would feel confident of winning the ultimate prize

Chris Ashton has vowed to maintain his try-scoring resurgence at Ireland’s expense

Six Nations: Chris Ashton insists England culture has changed

'We’re here to play rugby, to be on the back pages, not the front pages'

England’s James Haskell tackles Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip last Sunday

Lewis Moody: Win over Ireland was fantastic but I fear Six Nations Grand Slam will be beyond England

Moody Views: Lancaster has a strong nucleus of a side although there are still positions that are not nailed down

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