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Leicester captain Toby Flood left the pitch injured before half time

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The Lions squad walking through Syon Park in London yesterday after getting their tour kit

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England captain among 30 players put on tour standby in case of injury crisis Down Under

Tom Croft touches down for Leicester's third try in their 33-16 victory over Harlequins

Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 16 match report: Goneva try lights up merciless Tigers

Fijian's brilliant finish turns tide against Harlequins as Leicester reach ninth successive play-off final

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Leinster choose Matt O'Connor to replace coach Joe Schmidt

O'Connor has big shoes to fill in Dublin

French test: Outsize outside-centres Manu Tuilagi (pictured) and Mathieu Bastareaud are on collision course today

Le Crunch time for Manu Tuilagi with Lions on the line

Heineken Cup clash with Toulon's Bastereaud offers Leicester giant a perfect chance to impress

Round-up: Toby Flood's response to Cardiff wins Richard Cockerill praise

The Leicester director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, was delighted with his returning players in his side’s 12-9 victory at Exeter on Saturday.

Manu Tuilagi

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A look ahead to this weekend’s Six Nations fixture at Twickenham

Stuart Lancaster (centre) watches Toby Flood during training at Pennyhill Park yesterday

Six Nations: Toby Flood 'on standby' with injured Owen Farrell likely to be saved for Grand Slam climax against Wales

No 10 may not be risked against Italy even if he recovers but Burns can earn place on the bench

Owen Farrell

Six Nations: England fly-half Owen Farrell rated 50-50 to face Italy

Farrell limped off with a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend's 23-13 victory over France

Manu Tuilagi was on top form for England today

Six Nations: Weight of Manu Tuilagi squashes French cockerel

England 23 France 13: England centre tips balance against improved France to keep Lancaster’s side on course for Grand Slam

Strong-armed: Leicester’s Anthony Allen is tackled by Ben Morgan

Tigers grateful for Ford's focus amid yellow peril

Leicester Tigers 17 Gloucester 12

A favourable bounce allowed Morris (pictured) to hold off Tom Homer for a try

Aviva Premiership round-up: Morris double leaves Tigers purring

It looks impressive on paper, but the 31-9 scoreline makes Leicester's victory over London Irish in the Aviva Premiership appear better than it was. Comfortable about covers it. The Tigers did register four tries at the Madejski Stadium, but two of those were awards by the referee, Luke Pearce. Nothing, though, should detract from the two fine tries that Niall Morris scored in the testing conditions, securing the bonus point in the last minute.

Freddie Burns

Freddie Burns in line to make England debut against New Zealand

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns is in line to make his England debut against New Zealand on Saturday after being called up as an injury replacement for Toby Flood.

Robshaw's wrong call leaves England with a lot more questions to answer

Suddenly, the public perception of Chris Robshaw – and, indeed, of the coach who made an England captain of him, Stuart Lancaster – is that they learnt all they know about leadership while studying at the King Lear Academy. Never mind that the national team, still in the early stages of its development, lost by a miserable point (16-15) against the second best side in world rugby. Robshaw and Lancaster are deep in clanger territory. If Lancaster and Robshaw find themselves on the wrong end of an All Black shellacking this coming weekend, they will have an awful lot of fire-fighting ahead.

Fumbling England make the wrong choice yet again

England 15 South Africa 16: After failing to take the points on offer against Australia, captain Robshaw opts for the penalty late on against South Africa but then runs out of time and succumbs to 11th match in a row without a victory over the Springboks

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