The Six Nations gets underway later, with England looking to defend the title they won in such impressive fashion a year ago.
The Red Rose, led by Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley, are unbeaten in 14 matches and host France at Twickenham live on ITV this evening.
Louis Picamoles will line up for the French, while fellow Saints star George North will have to wait until tomorrow for his first appearance of the tournament when Wales travel to Italy.
England v France, Six Nations, Saturday 4 February, 16:50, live on ITV
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Northampton Saints fly-half JJ Hanrahan will return to former club Munster this summer.
The 24-year-old left the Irish province to join the Saints back in 2015, but will now rejoin his former employers at the end of the season.
Hanrahan has made more than 30 appearances for the Saints during his time at Franklin's Gardens.
Fellow Irish players Chris Farrell and James Hart have also agreed to move to Munster.
I've always indicated our intention to recruit Irish qualified players where and when possible so to secure the young trio of Farrell, Hanrahan and Hart is great for the province and Irish rugby in general.
In addition to being hugely talented they bring a wealth of knowledge with their combined experiences from playing abroad and this will help with our overall squad development.
- Gloucester 12-13 Northampton Saints
George North made a successful return to rugby yesterday as he helped his Northampton Saints side beat Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.
The Welsh international showed no ill effects from the head injury that had seen him sidelined since early December and came through the match unscathed.
A dramatic late penalty try won the game for the Saints, who were trailing 12-6 with just seven minutes to go.
The victory lifted Jim Mallinder's men up to sixth in the Premiership ahead of their game against bottom-of-the-table Bristol next Saturday (January 7).
Northampton Saints have decided against selecting George North for their Premiership clash against Sale tomorrow night.
It was thought the 24-year-old would be involved at Franklin's Gardens but he hasn't made the 23-man squad.
Northampton were told yesterday they won't face any sanctions following an investigation into the Welsh international's recent head injury against Leicester.
George North has both trained with the squad and undergone a specialist review this week.
All parties have agreed that North continue with a full training schedule with the rest of the club’s players to ensure he is fully prepared for first team action.
- Northampton Saints team to face Sale Sharks
Ben Foden, Ken Pisi, Luther Burrell, JJ Hanrahan, Juan Pablo Estelles Stephen Myler, Nic Groom, Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Tom Wood (capt), Teimana Harrison, Louis Picamoles
George North could be in line to make his Northampton Saints comeback as early as Friday night.
The Welsh international fell awkwardly on his head following a tackle by Leicester's Adam Thompstone earlier this month.
Providing a specialist gives him the all clear, he's likely to be back in contention for the Saints' Premiership clash against Sale.
A Concussion Management Review Group is due to reveal the findings of their investigation into why North was allowed to play on against Leicester at some point tomorrow.
Northampton Saints have signed Canadian prop Jake Ilnicki on a deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old was part of the Canada squad for last year's World Cup and featured in their recent autumn international against Ireland.
Ilnicki has played in New Zealand, Australia and America so far in his career and will make his Saints 'A' team debut against Leicester tonight.
- Cambridge University 23-18 Oxford University
Cambridge University's men's rugby team are celebrating their first win over Oxford since 2009.
The Light Blues ran out 23-18 winners in a thrilling game at Twickenham, with medical student Mike Phillips and centre Rory Triniman scoring their tries.
Cambridge have endured a terrible record in the recent Varsity matches between the sides, but this year's success means they've now managed 62 victories to Oxford's 59 in the 144-year-old fixture.
Earlier in the day, Oxford got the better of Cambridge in the women's game - winning a dull encounter 3-0.
- Cambridge University 0-3 Oxford University
Cambridge University's women's rugby team have been beaten by their Oxford counterparts in the annual Varsity match at Twickenham.
A dull game was settled by a single penalty from Catherine Wilcock as the Dark Blues ran out 3-0 winners.
Cambridge won the same fixture last year but couldn't follow up that success this time out.
The men's fixture will kick off at 14:30 with Cambridge aiming to end a six-year losing sequence.
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