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Lions will suffer in South Africa unless Premiership final moved – Gatland

• Final is due on 26 June 2021, one week before Lions’ first match• ‘There’s no doubt there will be some disadvantage,’ says GatlandEngland stars will be at risk of missing out on a place in the 2021 British & Irish Lions Test side in South Africa …

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Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup …

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Gatland ‘honoured’ after becoming only second man to lead Lions for third time

• Gatland appointed coach for 2021 tour of South Africa• ‘I’m delighted to begin full-time in August 2020’ he saysWarren Gatland has been appointed head coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2021 tour of South Africa. Gatland becomes only the …

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England youngsters have a chance to shine against Barbarians

• England without their World Cup training squad members• Barbarians look formidable with 478 caps between themThe Rugby Football Union’s succession plan for the next England head coach is so shrouded in mystery one wonders if it exists at all and Sund…

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England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, …

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Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach

• Mallinder will take charge of England against the Barbarians• Head coach Eddie Jones has a break clause in his contractJim Mallinder has moved to distance himself from the England head coach role after speculation that he could be a candidate if Eddi…

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Danny Cipriani could make World Cup squad as emergency scrum-half

• Barbarians denied access to No 10 for Sunday’s game• Cipriani could feature in England’s wider training squadDanny Cipriani is likely to feature in England’s wider World Cup training squad next month after it emerged the Barbarians were blocked from …

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‘Open your eyes’: Rob Baxter hits back at Northampton over Exeter playing style

• Director of rugby unhappy at comments from Saints’ Chris Boyd• Joe Marler would make World Cup return in ‘SOS scenario’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit back at accusations his side’s style of play is boring, urging critics to “open you…

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Callum Sheedy and Marcus Smith are standout inclusions for England

• Inexperienced England face Barbarians on Sunday• Sheedy and Smith are two of 20 uncapped members in squadCallum Sheedy and Marcus Smith are the eye-catching inclusions in a vastly inexperienced England squad to face the Barbarians which offers few cl…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…

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Saracens and McCall wary of Cipriani threat in Premiership semi-final

• Saracens take on Gloucester at Allianz Park on Saturday• Dylan Hartley’s fitness still a concern for NorthamptonThe Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, has warned of the threat posed by Danny Cipriani in Saturday’s Premiership semi-final, urging…

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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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Dan Robson: ‘The DVT is always going to be something I have to be aware of’

The Wasps scrum-half was preparing to face Scotland when scans revealed a serious medical problemDan Robson was just about to put his boots on when it struck him something was wrong. He had been taken to one side by the England doctor Phil Riley who ut…

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Rory Hutchinson justifies Chris Boyd’s faith as he eyes World Cup

Northampton Saints’ director of rugby saw talent in abundance as well as someone error prone but he has patiently guided him to the verge of the game’s biggest stageThe Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, is full of those Kiwi metaphors that can…

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Saracens confident injured Mako Vunipola will be fit for World Cup

• Loosehead prop tore his hamstring in Champions Cup final• England’s first warm-up match is against Wales on 11 AugustMako Vunipola’s season is over but the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, is confident the loosehead prop will be fit for Engla…

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Dylan Hartley will not be rushed back, Northampton tell England

• Hartley hoping to play against Exeter after five months out• Hooker may go to World Cup without competitive game in 2019Dylan Hartley may miss out on the chance to press his World Cup claims before the end of the season with the Northampton director …

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Billy Vunipola lives up to Champions Cup final rallying cry for Saracens

• Maro Itoje: ‘He told us he would show up’• No 8 scores decisive try in final against LeinsterBilly Vunipola gave a rousing speech on the eve of Saracens’ Champions Cup final victory, promising to deliver a match-winning performance. He then proceeded…