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Alun Wyn Jones close to Ospreys new deal and ‘50-50’ for Cardiff Blues clash

• Wyn Jones has been injured since Wales won Grand Slam• George North could also return against CardiffThe Ospreys hope Alun Wyn Jones will return for Saturday’s derby against Cardiff Blues at the Principality Stadium and that the lock, who has not pla…

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Alun Wyn Jones close to Ospreys new deal and ‘50-50’ for Cardiff Blues clash

• Wyn Jones has been injured since Wales won Grand Slam• George North could also return against CardiffThe Ospreys hope Alun Wyn Jones will return for Saturday’s derby against Cardiff Blues at the Principality Stadium and that the lock, who has not pla…

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Saracens united after ‘motivated’ Billy Vunipola powers way into final | Paul Rees

The No 8’s outstanding display in the 32-16 win against Munster helped Saracens stride into the European Champions Cup finalThe closest Munster got to Saracens was when one of their supporters clad in the province’s red jersey came within a few metres …

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Gray urges Toulouse to usurp Leinster in battle of Champions Cup royalty

Scottish lock is ready for the Champions Cup semi-final between the competition’s only four-times winnersIn a battle between the two most successful sides in Champions Cup history Toulouse must not be too loose. French rugby’s aristocrats have relocate…

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Munster aim to overcome Champions Cup semi-final sticking point

• Munster have lost past six at this stage in the cup• Saracens’ Mako Vunipola fit for Ricoh Arena semi-finalThe last time Saracens won the European Champions Cup, in 2017, they defeated Glasgow in the quarter-finals and Munster in the last four to set…

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Munster aim to overcome Champions Cup semi-final sticking point

• Munster have lost past six at this stage in the cup• Saracens’ Mako Vunipola fit for Ricoh Arena semi-finalThe last time Saracens won the European Champions Cup, in 2017, they defeated Glasgow in the quarter-finals and Munster in the last four to set…

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London Irish end top-flight exile with crushing win at Richmond

• London Irish beat Richmond 46-7 in Championship• Nick Phipps and Waisake Naholo likely to join Sean O’BrienLondon Irish sealed their return to the Premiership with a 46-7 victory at the bottom club Richmond that secured the Championship title with on…

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The Breakdown | Return of the flamboyant fly-half: daring No 10s are back in fashion

An outside-half who poses an attacking threat is once more a premium product and the Champions Cup semis will provide a fascinating contrast in stylesIt has been a season when number 10s have come back in from the outside. This weekend’s European Champ…

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Six Nations agree to due diligence over World Rugby’s proposed Nations League

• Unions will assess viability of league, planned to start in 2022• Final decision on Nations League expected on 22 MayThe Six Nations have taken the next step towards World Rugby’s proposed Nations League by agreeing to due diligence. The unions will …

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International Gay Rugby welcomes unions’ response to Israel Folau post

• Billy Vunipola’s endorsement of Folau’s views was also criticised• ‘Reaction shows that discriminatory views have no place’International Gay Rugby has welcomed the swift action taken by the authorities after last week’s homophobic Instagram post by t…

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Billy Vunipola to meet RFU but will not face disciplinary action

• Player will discuss his online support for Israel Folau with RFU• Folau said hell awaits homosexuals, adulterers and idolatersBilly Vunipola will not face the threat of disciplinary action when he meets the Rugby Football Union to discuss his online …

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Promotion and a new home in the capital await London Irish

After 19 years at the Madejski, the Exiles are set to move but first they must ensure they regain a Premiership placeLondon Irish are ending their exile. The Championship leaders can seal their promotion this week but as significant as their return to …

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The Breakdown | No one feels Leicester are too good to go down – Tigers have lost their way

Leicester’s rapid turnover of coaches has left the players and club with an identity crisis as they battle Premiership relegation for the first timeWhen Leicester sacked Dean Richards at the beginning of 2004, the reaction was seismic. Not only had 23 …

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Gloucester hold their breath over Danny Cipriani’s fitness for derby with Bath

• Charlie Sharples and Tom Hudson also face battle for fitness• Leicester’s Youngs faces disciplinary hearing on WednesdayGloucester are waiting on scans to see if Danny Cipriani will be fit for Saturday’s West Country derby against Bath at Kingsholm.T…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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Leicester ‘haven’t been good enough’, admits George Ford, after Exeter loss

• Leicester lost 52-20 at home to the Premiership leaders• Tigers could be bottom if they lose to Newcastle next weekendLeicester are English rugby’s most successful club in terms of honours, having won 20 major titles, but they could find themselves b…

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Gloucester in best place for over a decade, says Charlie Sharples

The club’s longest-serving player says there is a more settled feel at Kingsholm than there has been since he joined in 2007Gloucester made the Premiership play-offs 11 years ago, the first season Charlie Sharples spent with the club, but they have don…

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World Rugby gives unions more time over Nations Championship

• Rugby Championship and Six Nations given new deadline• NZRU’s Steve Tew says ‘great idea comes with complications’World Rugby has extended its deadline for the Six Nations and Rugby Championship unions to take the concept of a Nations Championship a …

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The Breakdown | Alex Goode and the mystery of players stuck outside international rugby

Were Eddie Jones still Saracens coach he would be asking why the England door had shut on a consistently excellent playerIs Alex Goode enough for England? It was a question debated not just by Saracens supporters after Saturday’s demolition of Glasgow …

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Leicester good enough to escape relegation battle, says Mike Ford

• Former England defence coach hired as consultant• Leicester five points off bottom after dismal seasonLeicester’s new consultant, Mike Ford, believes the team have the talent and desire to escape the relegation scrap. The former England and Ireland d…