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Haskell happy to be different

James Haskell's personality may polarise opinion but the back row is happy to inject life into a sport he says is now populated by "robots".

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Wasps v Gloucester preview

England winger Tom Varndell returns to the London Wasps starting lineup for Saturday's clash with Gloucester at Twickenham.

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Bath v Worcester preview

Rob Webber and Jonathan Joseph both return to Bath's matchday squad to face Worcester in Saturday's clash at the Recreation Ground.

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Exeter v Sale preview

Exeter boss Rob Baxter has made just one change to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with Sale at Sandy Park.

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Tipuric concern for Ospreys

Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric has emerged as Wales' latest potential fitness concern ahead of their tour to South Africa in June.

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Harlequins v Leicester: Teams

Harlequins' charge towards an Aviva Premiership play-off berth encounters a stern challenge on Friday evening as third-placed Leicester Tigers visit The Stoop.

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Wade set to miss England tour

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has all but ruled Christian Wade out of England's summer tour to New Zealand.

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Nucifora handed Ireland role

Former Australia international David Nucifora has been announced as the Irish Rugby Football Union's new performance director.

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IRB chief hopeful of 'harmony'

The European peace deal averted a crisis that may have seriously damaged professional rugby's world image, according to IRB boss Brett Gosper.

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Carter reveals Wilkinson influence

Dan Carter admits he could not have climbed to the top of world rugby without Jonny Wilkinson's workaholic precedent.

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Carter: England are a threat

Stuart Lancaster has whipped England into genuine 2015 Rugby World Cup contenders, according to New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter.

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Warriors duo extend deals

Glasgow Warriors flankers Rob Harley and Tyrone Holmes have both agreed new deals to prolong their stay at Scotstoun.

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