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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Owen Farrell had plenty to shout about after his recordbreaking efforts against Racing Metro

Some days you feel you just can't miss, says flawless Owen Farrell

Fly-half makes claim for England spot with European record of 10 penalties as Saracens head for place in the last eight

Owen Farrell is on track to be England’s fly-half against Scotland

Clinical Farrell shows Cipriani why he is England’s No 10

Saracens 32 Sale 12

Man arrested after brawl erupts on M1 as two are killed in crash

Four fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the scene this morning

Championship preview: Clarets can collect at the KC

The KC Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Burnley in recent years and we're backing the Lanchashire side to plunder maximum points at the far end of the M62 once again. Take some of the 11/4 available on Burnley (draw no bet).

Gonzalo Camacho landed a try after five minutes

Aviva Premiership round-up: Exeter back on song with late flourish

After a tough and unrewarding run, normal service was resumed as Exeter eventually wrapped up a convincing victory over Worcester to remain unbeaten at Sandy Park in the Aviva Premiership this season.

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Sean Dyche signs in at Turf Moor

Burnley have confirmed Sean Dyche as their new manager. The 41-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract on his first appointment since being controversially sacked as Watford manager this summer, following the Pozzo family's takeover at Vicarage Road.

'Expenses saint' who backed Cameron is star in the making

When Grant Shapps rises from his platform seat at Birmingham's conference centre on Sunday to open the Conservative Party festivities, it will be the latest highlight on a remarkable CV.

Zone ranger: Games tickets to Chesham save big bucks

Simon Calder: North-west passage to the twilight zone

The Man Who Pays His Way

Tom Cruise will film in UK, says David Cameron

The latest Tom Cruise blockbuster, a science-fiction thriller which also stars Emily Blunt, is to be made in Britain, David Cameron said last night.

Striker Kelly Smith overcame her demons to regain a place on team GB's squad

Team GB striker Kelly Smith returned to squad after overcoming drink problem and depression

Team GB's star striker Kelly Smith battled against alcoholism and depression to win back a place in the Olympics squad. 

Sarries' new home in sight

Saracens have announced that the first game at their new home ground in Barnet next season will be a Premiership match against Exeter on 16 February.

Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford

Zola confirmed as Watford manager

Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford following their takeover by the Italian Pozzo family. The 45-year-old former Chelsea player and West Ham manager has signed a two-year contract and replaces the recently dismissed Sean Dyche.

Andy Farrell (right) and Stuart Lancaster during the Six Nations

Farrell opens door for surprise return to national service

Highly rated coach walks out on Saracens to pave the way for a reunion with the England set-up

Dean Richards once teased Dave Strettle about his physique, calling him the 'pirate's dream - a sunken chest'

Strettle finds humour lifts the burden of expectation

Sarries face a talented Clermont today but Farrell knows how to foster team spirit

Letters: Now bankers face a wave of sympathy

Had the Forfeiture Committee acted to annul Mr Goodwin's knighthood in 2009 when the full extent of the collapse of RBS became apparent, it might have had much general support. But in making this decision three years after the event, the Government has generated a wave of sympathy for bankers of which the British Bankers' Association could never have dreamt.

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