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Five English teams make it through to the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Saracens, Leicester, Wasps, Northampton and Exeter make it into the Champions Cup Quarter-finals along with three French sides. This is the first time that no Pro12 side has made it to this stage of the competition. The Quarter-final draws are as follows:
Saracens v Northampton
Wasps v Exeter
Leicester v Stade Francais
Racing 92 v Toulon
Liverpool get a late winner to beat Norwich 5–4
An injury-time goal by Adam Lallana sealed the victory for Liverpool in one of the most dramatic matches of the season so far. Having been 3–1 up inside the first hour, Norwich would have thought they had secured a much needed win. It was Liverpool, however, who came back and take the game to 4–4 into injury time. Lallana fired a volley into the ground to beat the Norwich defences and the emotion from the players and coach could clearly be seen on the sideline.
Britain’s Johanna Konta through to the Australian Open quarter-finals
Konta became the first British woman to get to a Grand Slam Quarter-final for 32 years when she beat Makarova 4–6, 6–4, 8–6 in the fourth round. She will now face world number 133 Shuai Zhang for a space in the semi-finals. Andy Murray also joins Konta in the last eight with a 6–4, 6–4, 7–6 (7–4) win over Bernard Tomic.
Eddie Jones names Dylan Hartley as the new England captain
Eddie Jones has named Dylan Hartley as the man to lead England in the RBS 6 Nations that starts on the 6 February. Hartley has been capped 66 times by England and he received his first in 2008 against the Pacific Islanders. Hartley said, ‘it is a huge honour to captain England and a very proud day for me and my family’.