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Worcester need to keep young talents, says Goode

Worcester 21 Gloucester 15

The Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples tackles fellow wide boy - Worcester's Miles Benjamin - at Sixways

Worcester look Goode enough to avoid drop

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Centre Manu Tuilagi looks set to miss England's RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland due to a hamstring injury.

Worcester’s Jake Abbott is tackled by Elliot Daly

Injury-hit Wasps draw a blank in the wet

Wasps 0 Worcester 6

Ed Slater leaps high to win a line-out for Leicester at Sixways

Flood keeps Tigers on right track

Worcester 13 Leicester 32

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A 22-year-old man who created a "Letz start a riot" Facebook page as looting swept English cities last summer has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Lewis Moody has another Bath injury setback

Lewis Moody will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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Pennell's flying start is overhauled by Contepomi

Worcester 14 Stade Francais 23

The England man, Shaun Perry, scored Worcester’s try after good work by Joe Carlisle

Gopperth's late leveller keeps spirited Newcastle in contention

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Louw debut is high point for Bath as youngsters run riot

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