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RFU must tackle Billy Vunipola, and homophobia in the game, head on

Union trumpets its commitment to inclusion and diversity and now is the time to marry action with slogans in dealing with England player“You don’t want to mess around with that stuff as you open yourself up to ridicule. I just don’t want that stuff com…

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Toby Flood: ‘Leicester are lacking confidence and a bit of ambition’

Falcons’ fly-half is still friends with the Tigers head coach but has kept his distance as they prepare for crucial relegation battleToby Flood could take no more. The east Midlands derby last month was half an hour old but the former Leicester fly?hal…

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Saracens facing further investigation for potential breach of salary cap

• Premiership Rugby looking into co-investment arrangements• Saracens blame a ‘minor internal oversight’Saracens will be further investigated by Premiership Rugby for a potential breach of salary cap regulations relating to the club’s co-investment arr…

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Tom Youngs given three-week ban and will miss Newcastle showdown

• Youngs also out of Bristol and Harlequins matches• Israel Folau investigated over social media postsThe Leicester captain, Tom Youngs, has been ruled out of the relegation showdown with Newcastle on Friday after receiving a three-week suspension for …

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Bath’s Dave Attwood focused on beating Bristol before reunion

• Lock will return to Bristol next season, where his career began• Both teams chasing place in Premiership top sixThe Bath lock Dave Attwood has insisted there will be no split loyalties when he lines up against his future employers at Twickenham on Sa…

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Eddie Jones rules out replacing Michael Cheika as Australia coach

• ‘Wallabies need a generational change in culture,’ says Jones• England’s head coach linked to roles with emerging nationsEddie Jones has ruled himself out of replacing Michael Cheika as Australia’s head coach after this year’s World Cup. The England …

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Eddie Jones rules out replacing Michael Cheika as Australia coach

• ‘Wallabies need a generational change in culture,’ says Jones• England’s head coach linked to roles with emerging nationsEddie Jones has ruled himself out of replacing Michael Cheika as Australia’s head coach after this year’s World Cup. The England …

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Worcester hunt fans who used lasers to distract Harlequins in Challenge Cup

• Warriors threaten four spectators with ‘lengthy bans’• Green light seen before Demetri Catrakilis’s winning kickWorcester Warriors are looking to identify four spectators who they believe used lasers in an attempt to distract Harlequins players durin…

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Danny Cipriani commits future to Gloucester with three-year deal

• 31-year-old fly-half could end career at Kingsholm• Will Carling hits backs at critics of Owen Farrell’s captaincyDanny Cipriani has signed a bumper three-year contract with Gloucester, ending speculation over his future. The 31-year-old had offers f…

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Jamie George spells out Saracens double vision and relishes clash with Munster

• Hooker says side aim to go unbeaten for rest of season• Acknowledges Champions Cup semi-final will be tough testJamie George has set his sights on another domestic and European double after Saracens made a “statement of intent” by thrashing Glasgow W…

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Edinburgh aim to ‘out-Munster Munster’ for place in Champions Cup semi-finals

• Richard Cockerill’s team includes seven Scotland forwards• More than 35,000 expected at Murrayfield on SaturdayRichard Cockerill seemed as surprised as anyone to be namechecked by the Rugby Football Union this year as a possible candidate to succeed …

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Champions Cup quarter-finals: team news for the weekend’s quarter-finals

• Maro Itoje and Stuart Hogg both back for Saracens v Glasgow• Johnny Sexton misses out for Leinster against Ulster12.45pm, BT Sport 3 Continue reading…

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Cornell du Preez: ‘Doctors only usually deal with my injury in car crashes’ | Gerard Meagher

The Worcester and Scotland forward will return to action on Saturday seven months after a fractured larynx left him unable to talk and considering retirementCornell du Preez’s determination to continue his career never dimmed. Not when the doctors told…

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Saracens coach backs rested Owen Farrell to bounce back from England woe

• Fly-half not burdened by England captaincy, says Mark McCall• RFU irked that not all England players were given weekend offOwen Farrell has been backed to bounce back from his Six Nations disappointment by the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall,…

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England risk missing out on Warren Gatland due to wait-and-see policy

• RFU insists on not making appointment until after World Cup• Gatland reported to be on France’s head coach shortlistThe Rugby Football Union is ready to risk missing out on Warren Gatland as England’s next head coach because it insists on hedging its…

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Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola escape World Cup punishment over late night

• England pair apologised to squad after breaking protocol• Tuilagi set for first Leicester start since signing new contractEddie Jones will not hold the breach of team protocol against Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola when selecting his World Cup training …

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We owe all of Scotland a big effort against England, says Stuart McInally

• Captain agrees Scots have underperformed in 2019 Six Nations• ‘We are going to come down here and fight for everything’Scotland’s captain, Stuart McInally, has accepted his side have under-performed in the Six Nations as they attempt to salvage their…

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England hope lesson of history will help put Murrayfield shock behind them

• Eddie Jones’s side motivated by last year’s defeat by Scotland• Ben Youngs promises England will be ‘ruthless’Eddie Jones has been giving history lessons this week, albeit with his usual touch of revisionism. Asked why England’s unbeaten record over …

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Joe Cokanasiga dropped for England’s Six Nations clash with Scotland

• Eddie Jones omits wing despite stellar display against Italy• Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson returnJoe Cokanasiga is a shock omission from the England side to face Scotland on Saturday following his man-of-the-match performance ag…

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CVC bid to invest in Six Nations may lead to conflict of interest, says lawyer

• CVC makes offer for 30% of Six Nations for about £500m• World Rugby meets on Thursday on new global leagueCVC Capital Partners’ bid to invest in the Six Nations – which would appear to kill off World Rugby’s proposed global league – could lead to a c…