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Toby Flood has denied reports that he has signed for Toulouse and will definitely be leaving Leicester. The England fly-half had already been heavily linked with a move across the Channel to join Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon.

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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.

Pat Lam led Connacht to one of the best wins in the province’s history

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Connacht coach Pat Lam was delighted at the way his side held their nerve on Sunday to pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of the Irish provincial side and put them back in the hunt for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.

Jonny Wilkinson (in red) and his Toulon team-mates hoist aloft the Heineken Cup after victory over Clermont Auvergne back in May

French clubs flinch in latest Heineken Cup twist

Teams meet  to discuss their next move in the long-running row

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<br/> The England loosehead was at his barnstorming best, carrying nine times and putting in the same number of tackles. His development will be crucial if Sarries are serious about their Heineken Cup chances.

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Travellers at Stansted Airport

Disruption to budget airlines as French air traffic controllers strike and Stansted suffers power outage causing flights to be diverted

The airport later confirmed on its Twitter feed that power had been restored

Thousands of UK travellers face possible delays and cancellations as French air traffic controllers strike

Industrial action will have an effect on all flights that fly over France

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Etienne Capoue of Spurs is stretchered off

Relief for Tottenham after Etienne Capoue ruled out for just four weeks

The midfielder looked to have sustained a more serious injury in the north London derby

Jonny Wilkinson celebrates winning his first Heineken Cup after the 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne

Heineken Cup: Leicester Tigers travel to Ulster to kick-off new season of European rugby as Round One and Two fixtures are announced

Other standout matches include Ospreys v Leinster and Racing Metro v Clermont while the second round will kick off with Saracens entertaining Toulouse in the first ever Friday night rugby match at Wembley

The Airbus A350 takes off on its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac airport

Airbus challenges Boeing: New A350 takes off on maiden flight from Toulouse

More than half of the plane is made up of lightweight carbon-fibre

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Jonny Wilkinson ready to answer Lions SOS should Warren Gatland come calling

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

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Jonny Wilkinson keeps a door open to late call-up to the British and Irish Lions

Flawless display of kicking from England legend leads Toulon to maiden Heineken Cup

Owen Farrell of Saracens

Saracens ready for 'big occasion' says Owen Farrell

Saracens play Ulster in a Heineken Cup quarter-final clash at Twickenham this weekend

Kelly Brown hopes to lead the summer tour to South Africa

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Scotland captain Kelly Brown admits the country’s best Six Nations campaign in recent memory still might  not be enough to see him hold on to the captaincy.

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