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Newcastle 18-23 Saracens: Premiership leaders win despite resting key players

Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens claimed a 23-18 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park with the home side snatching a vital bonus point in their battle against relegation.

Wasps 38 Gloucester 30: Twickenham try show sees Londoners move closer to Europe

Wasps seized the initiative in the battle for European qualification after sweeping Gloucester aside with a 38-30 bonus-point victory at Twickenham.

Resilient Harlequins give Conor O'Shea hope

A perfect end to the season might not be good enough to get Harlequins into the play-offs but Conor O’Shea thinks no one will want to face his team if they get through.

Summer tour of New Zealand may come too soon - but I'll be back for World Cup, says Wasps wing Christian Wade

Christian Wade today admitted he is struggling to recover from foot surgery in time to earn a place on England’s tour to New Zealand in June.

Caption:BARNET, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Owen Farrell of Saracens kicks the ball upfield as Calum Clark challenges during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on April 13, 2014 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Relief for Saracens - Owen Farrell declared fit for Heineken Cup semi-final

Owen Farrell will be able to play in next week’s Heineken Cup semi-final despite limping off in the win over Northampton.

Brad Barritt hopes his Saracens form will cause Stuart Lancaster a selection headache

Brad Barritt is determined to cause Stuart Lancaster a serious midfield selection headache for England’s tour to New Zealand, having eclipsed Luther Burrell when they went head to head in the Premiership.

Saracens hoping Owen Farrell will be fit again for key battles

Owen Farrell will be sent for an MRI scan this week if he fails to recover from the foot injury that forced him off at half-time in Saracens’ 28-24 win over Northampton.

It's win or bust for Harlequins, says England hopeful Luke Wallace

Harlequins flanker Luke Wallace has said the squad are treating their remaining Aviva Premiership fixtures as win or bust in their pursuit of a coveted play-off position.

Deal: Ian Ritchie was a key figure in negotiations

RFU chief praised for role in setting up new Euro competition

Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has been credited with brokering the television agreement that has allowed European rugby to establish three new competitions and worth an extra £1m- a-season to each of the English clubs.

Arms length: Kelly Brown managed to hold off Northampton in this individual clash last May but Sarries couldn’t hold out

Kelly’s eye is on victory now that Sarries are a force to reckon with

Kelly Brown is confident Saracens are now equipped to handle the kind of physical battering Northampton used to end their Premiership title hopes last season.

High hopes: Nick Easter believes Harlequins will rise to the challenge

It’s now win or bust but Nick Easter says Harlequins enjoy a challenge

Back-row forward thinks his team need perfect end to the season to make the play-offs, starting at Sale tomorrow

Home drama: Stuart Lancaster says matches at Twickenham have become must-see events

I don’t spend time worrying about Doomsday scenarios - England coach Stuart Lancaster on gearing up for the All Blacks and World Cup

Stuart Lancaster loves to put his feet up with a good book — particularly if the tome is written by one of the World Cup-winning head coaches he is striving to emulate.

The high life: Ernst Joubert wins the line-out in Saracens’ Heineken Cup quarter-final victory against Ulster at Ravenhill

McCall urging Sarries to make the final push

Next up for Saracens is a home semi-final with Clermont Auvergne and Mark McCall will be hoping the French giants suffer another bout of travel sickness later this month during the Heineken Cup clash at Twickenham.

Crunch clash: Barritt is ready for the intimidating atmosphere of Ravenhill

Heineken Cup: Barritt eager to make his mark in hostile territory for Saracens

Stepping out into Ravenhill tomorrow night will be a major test of Brad Barritt’s England credentials. The hostile terraces in Belfast will provide an atmosphere to match any international arena.

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