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RugbyU: Robshaw elated to claim Welsh 'massive scalp'

England captain Chris Robshaw was in understandably buoyant mood after his side secured the Triple Crown with a 29-18 win over Six Nations champions Wales at Twickenham on Sunday. This victory, revenge for England's record 30-3 defeat by Wales in Cardiff last year that cost Robshaw's men the Grand Slam, left coach Stuart Lancaster's side with a chance of taking the title when the tournament concludes on Saturday. Ireland and France, who face each other in Paris, and England are all level on six points following three wins from four matches.

RugbyU: Clermont edge 'Quins for European Cup quarter-final spot

Clermont overcame a 10-point half-time deficit to claim a 16-13 victory over Harlequins on Saturday and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup. The win meant the French giants will top Pool 4, having already amassed 19 points from their five games, seven ahead of second-placed Harlequins with a game in hand. Clermont came out firing and a frantic start saw fly-half Brock James notching up his first penalty in the third minute.

RugbyU: Clermont's Parra to make surprise Quins comeback

Morgan Parra will make a surprise return to action against Harlequins in the European Cup on Saturday, his Clermont head coach Vern Cotter said Thursday. The France scrum-half had not been expected to return to action until the end of the month due to a knee injury suffered in late November. Parra, 25, had ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and was expected to be out from between 10 and 12 weeks but he is now set to make his comeback after just seven weeks of absence.

RugbyU: Richards hails 'old boys' as Quins down Newcastle

Former Harlequins coach Dean Richards praised his old side after the visitors thrashed his current club, Newcastle 35-9 in an English Premiership clash at Kingston Park on Sunday. Richards, one of England's best all-time No.8s, was given a three-year coaching ban in 2009 for his key role in the 'Bloodgate' affair.

RugbyU: Argentina centre Tiesi joins Newcastle

Argentina international centre Gonzalo Tiesi has joined Newcastle until the end of the season, the English Premiership club announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been capped 37 times by Argentina and was named as a replacement for the Pumas' clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday. Tiesi's previous clubs include London Irish, Harlequins and Stade Francais. "Gonzalo adds real quality to our squad, and I'm delighted to welcome him to Newcastle," said Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards.

RugbyU: Robshaw retains England captaincy

Chris Robshaw has retained the England captaincy for the November rugby union test matches, coach Stuart Lancaster announced on Wednesday. Robshaw, aged 27 and who has led England in 16 of the last 19 Tests since he was first made captain in the 2012 Six Nations, had been thought to be under pressure from fellow flanker Tom Wood for the role in the tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month. However, Lancaster said that Robshaw's form for Harlequins this season made him the natural choice for the skipper's role.

RugbyU: Tigers tame Quins tio reach Premiership final

Tom Croft starred as Leicester reached a ninth successive Premiership final with a 33-16 semi-final win over reigning champions Harlequins on Saturday. England flanker Croft made a fine case to be one of the British and Irish Lions starting back-rows in their upcoming Test series with Australia, scoring Leicester's third try -- a 50 metre solo score -- to cap an impressive display. Leicester will meet the winners of Sunday's second semi-final between Saracens and Northampton in the final at Twickenham on May 25.

RugbyU: Soldiers plan to tackle Quins in highest match

British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are planning to stage the highest rugby match in the world in a bid to raise money for veterans and rugby charities. Servicemen from the Household Cavalry are going to trek up Mount Everest and take on English Premiership champions Harlequins in a rugby match on a makeshift pitch in the Himalayas. The match will be a far cry from fighting Taliban insurgents and tracking weapons caches in the restive southern province of Helmand but the servicemen want to do something different when they come home in September.

RugbyU: Munster beat Quins to keep Irish hopes alive

Twice winners Munster kept their European Cup hopes alive with a powerful and gruelling 18-12 win at Harlequins on Sunday. The Irish province reached the semis for the first time since 2010 and in so doing avenged a Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to the Londoners two years ago. In a brutal encounter Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara outscored Quins' Nick Evans by six penalties to four to maintain Irish hopes of continuing their recent domination in this competition.

RugbyU: English duo look to end Irish European hopes

Irish rugby is going through a lean time at present and two English sides will bid to deliver another hammerblow to the country's morale this weekend in the European Cup quarter-finals. Saracens will start off the double header at Twickenham on Saturday against last season's beaten finalists Ulster while on Sunday Harlequins, whose director of rugby Conor O'Shea said Wednesday he wasn't interested in being Ireland coach after Declan Kidney was sacked, will host two-time winners Munster.
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