Croft has a funny knack of being in the right place at the right time

Tom Croft's perfect timing creates late Six Nations opportunity

Leicester flanker makes comeback from neck injury and could claim place in England squad

Hendre Fourie

Sale and England flanker Hendre Fourie forced to retire

The South Africa-born 33-year-old made eight senior appearances for England,

Schalk Brits of Saracens is tackled by Samu Manoa

Northampton not out of the title race insists Jim Mallinder

Saints beaten 17-16 by Saracens yesterday

John Mitchell was in charge of Sale for only five matches in a stint that began at the end of November

Aviva Premiership round-up: Sharks shaken by Mitchell's quick exit

Sale Sharks' poor and chaotic season has taken a turn for the worse with the departure of John Mitchell as head coach after only a month.

Former England No 10 Danny Cipriani racked up 18 points

Jones bemoans Exiles’ missed opportunities

Worcester 13 London Welsh 6

Jim Mallinder says the timing is not right for him to take charge of England

Northampton wary of 'motivated' Sale says Jim Mallinder

Northampton are boosted by the return of Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley from injury tonight but Jim Mallinder expects a tough test from a Sale side buoyed by John Mitchell's arrival.

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.

Gloucester’s Freddie Burns will want to carry on his good form against Quins

Aviva Premiership weekend preview: England outsiders aim to shine while big boys are away

Injury, suspension, mystification…Stuart Lancaster and his fellow England strategists have quite enough to ponder ahead of the meeting with Fiji at Twickenham a week today without worrying their heads about the long line of outsiders kicking down the red-rose door in their hobnailed boots.

Nick Evans of Harlequins

Harlequins delighted after Nick Evans signs new contract

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.

England captain Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw named as England captain for autumn internationals

Chris Robshaw has been confirmed as England captain for the QBE autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Simon McIntyre scores for Wasps in their narrow win yesterday
Scotland prop Euan Murray

Scotland international Euan Murray joins Worcester

Worcester have announced the signing of Scotland international prop Euan Murray.

Saracens look to Owen Farrell for inspiration

Saracens need Farrell to produce some fresh ideas

Weekend preview

All eyes on Tom Wood and James Haskell

Tom Wood and James Haskell, two of the most frustrated loose forwards in the country as well as two of the more ambitious, will give each other a thorough work-out in tonight's Premiership match between Northampton and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens.

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