Ten minutes from the end of a tumultuous contest, Harlequins were four points adrift of the reigning champions and preparing to bid the most reluctant of farewells to their Premiership title ambitions. But no side armed with players running as hot as the scrum-half Danny Care and the full-back Mike Brown are ever wholly without hope. The two England internationals, assisted by the newly arrived Ben Botica, conjured a training ground try in the corner and when Botica added a penalty from distance, their league season was alive again.
Northampton v London Irish(Sunday, 2pm) Strange as it may seem, Northampton have been off their game since Luther Burrell, Lee Dickson, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood ended their England stint and reappeared at Franklin’s Gardens. They cannot afford to stay off it for much longer. Victory over the Exiles is a minimum requirement if Jim Mallinder’s charges are to nail down a home Premiership semi-final.
Playing cricket has really helped my rugby, says Joe Launchbury as career blossoms with Wasps and England
Leicester Tigers centre Charlie Thacker and England U18 Forwards Coach Pete Walton preview the 2014 FIRA/AER European Championship against Ireland in Wronki, Poland
The England U18 squad welcomed some special visitors into camp this week as they build towards the 2014 FIRA/AER European Championship final in Poznan, Poland.
If Toby Flood’s decision to chase the Euro millions with Toulouse next season cost him his place in the England squad for the Six Nations, it did not do his Leicester career a fat lot of good either: the outside-half has been playing second fiddle to the young Welshman Owen Williams for several weeks now.