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Champions Cup final could be the making of Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer | Ugo Monye

Spencer’s performance in the European showdown against Leinster could lead to a World Cup spot for England in JapanSlowly but surely there has been a changing of the guard at Saracens this season. In the four finals they have won in the past three year…

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Geordan Murphy can take a lead from Harlequins and Northampton new men | Ugo Monye

Paul Gustard and Chris Boyd have managed to turn two ailing Premiership clubs around this season – Leicester, take noteWhen I look at Northampton and Harlequins I see two teams at the same stage of their journey. Both were coming to the end of dreadful…

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Smart work not hard work and no panic could yet save Newcastle | Ugo Monye

Club’s coaches have a vital part to play if Newcastle are to win all three of their remaining games to stay in the PremiershipIn principle, Newcastle’s job is straightforward. Considering the season they have had it is easier said than done but they mu…

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Smart work not hard work and no panic could yet save Newcastle | Ugo Monye

Club’s coaches have a vital part to play if Newcastle are to win all three of their remaining games to stay in the PremiershipIn principle, Newcastle’s job is straightforward. Considering the season they have had it is easier said than done but they mu…

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Israel Folau finds few friends and now faces a lifestyle choice of his own | Ugo Monye

If it comes down to a decision between religion or career he will surely go for the former, but it should not have to be that wayIt has been a week since Israel Folau’s latest comments on social media saying hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers…

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Bloodgate made us a laughing stock but the collateral damage was brutal | Ugo Monye

As a Harlequins player at the time I saw the heartbreaking fallout and the victims beyond Tom Williams who were dragged into the scandalApril 12, 2009, is a date etched into my memory. Ten years on from the Bloodgate scandal and still it lingers. To re…

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Going from the Six Nations back to club rugby can be frustrating | Ugo Monye

Very different mindsets are found in club and international rugby and readjusting is often hardThe hardest thing about going from a Six Nations campaign back to your club is mindset. When you are in camp with England, every member of the squad is tryin…

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Why Manu Tuilagi’s Racing snub is a victory for Leicester and England | Ugo Monye

Centre’s decision will only benefit the player in the long term as he looks to finish off an impressive Six Nations campaignIt is a badly-kept secret that some players have made a point of being spotted at French clubs in an attempt to boost their wage…

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Premiership must publish the salaries and remove the ambiguity | Ugo Monye

Talk of circumventing the salary cap is nothing new and what top-flight rugby union needs is opennessThis is a timely week for the salary cap controversy to erupt because it brings back memories of what happened when England last played Italy at Twicke…

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Six Nations verdict: Gatland’s Wales really have forgotten how to lose | Ugo Monye

England should finish strongly but Ireland and their rusty half-backs look as if they peaked last yearAs Warren Gatland says, they have forgotten how to lose and it is amazing the way they are able to ramp up their performance levels when they need to….

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England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

He may have been described as a ‘timebomb’. The prop is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may …

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Why the Jones and Gatland rivalry will fuel passion for Cardiff showdown | Ugo Monye

The England and Wales head coaches, who share a huge amount of success and respect for each other, are likely to provide much entertainmentEddie Jones and Warren Gatland are going to have some fun next week. So far we’ve heard them both desperately vyi…

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Chris Ashton’s recall brings a fear factor for long-suffering France | Ugo Monye

Specialist selected to leave Jack Nowell sitting on the sidelines after being trusted by Eddie Jones for the big one in DublinEddie Jones is the ultimate tinkerman. He does not make major changes when England lose but at the same time he always keeps t…

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England must survive aerial assault and win set-piece battle to stop Irish | Ugo Monye

Ireland are performing as the world’s best team and deserve respect but England cannot afford to focus so much on their opponents they forget what they are about themselvesWhen I was at Harlequins we had a psychologist, Pieter Kruger, who now works at …

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Saracens v Leicester: five ways the Tigers can sink unbeaten Sarries | Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye, the former England international and BT Sport pundit, discusses five ways Leicester can overcome unbeaten Saracens in the Premiership on Saturday

The first thing that’s always been necessary to beat Saracens is to match them physically. When you look at their pack and their backline, the likes of Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Brad Barritt and right throughout the team, there seems to be that element of physicality. If you don’t match that you really don’t have a chance. That could be within a set-piece, the ruck areas or contact-point tackle areas. If a team isn’t competing physically, Saracens will certainly dominate the match.

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