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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…

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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Freddie Burns insists that Todd Blackadder rumours are nonsense

• Bath fly-half says team are united• Joe Cokanasiga nudges Eddie JonesFreddie Burns has dismissed as “nonsense” speculation that Todd Blackadder was facing the sack as Bath’s director of rugby following a player revolt after the defeat against Bristol…

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Bath resist late Quins pressure after rising star Joe Cokanasiga runs riot

• Harlequins 32-37 Bath• Bath’s Cokanasiga and Zach Mercer impress with two tries eachIf the recruitment of England’s defence coach as supremo was meant to transform Harlequins’ fortunes, there was little sign of it here. Bath, who have hardly ripped u…

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Wasps’ Dai Young speaks out as pressure builds on Premiership coaches

• Young has sympathy for sacked Leicester coach, Matt O’Connor• Bath’s Todd Blackadder among coaches under early scrutinyAt last month’s Premiership launch the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, remarked on the number of new faces among his conte…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Danny Cipriani turns on the style but Bath fight back to deny Gloucester

• Bath 31-31 Gloucester• Ruan Ackermann and Tom Dunn score two tries eachDanny Cipriani is on a fast track to showcase his full array of talents at his new club in a bid to convince Eddie Jones he is worth continuing with at No 10.His killer pass on th…

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Matt Banahan: ‘I still don’t know why Bath let me go. It cut me deeply’

Wing goes back to Bath for the first time since he joined Gloucester this summer, after 12 successful years at the Recreation GroundMatt Banahan will, as usual, be at Bath for their first home match of the season on Saturday but this time it will be di…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s opening weekend

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …

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Alapati Leiua try gives Bristol last laugh against Bath in Premiership opener

• Bristol 17 Bath 10• Four Ian Madigan penalties ensure Bristol get the pointsThe Gallagher Premiership season still has nine months to run but the newly styled Bristol Bears are already up and roaring. If proof were needed that Pat Lam’s promoted side…

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Premiership looks like 10 in a scrum plus Saracens and Exeter on top | Robert Kitson

There are sure to be some seriously displeased club owners in the table’s bottom half, given how even the 2018-19 Premiership looks aside from Saracens and ExeterThe Strictly Come Dancing sequins and heels may be absent but in every other respect club …

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Saracens have the look of champions and Bristol can make their mark

Premiership club-by-club guide: Mark McCall’s men and Exeter may lead the way again but Worcester could face a hard winterDirector of rugby Todd Blackadder Continue reading…

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Premiership finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all Premiership clubs and what the figures say about their health. Wasps led the way in turnover but spiralling wages cause concernFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 12 clubs that were in the Premiership during 2016-17. All …

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Sam Underhill eager to make up for lost time after torrid start for Bath | Gerard Meagher

The England flanker saved a certain try against Wales but there were few other highlights in his injury-hit first seasonOn the face of it Sam Underhill endured a torrid first season at Bath. He managed only eight matches for the club, two starts for En…

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England hopes hit by injuries to Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph

• Watson has second achilles operation• Joseph ruled out of November internationalsEngland have been dealt a double injury setback before the new season with Anthony Watson a serious doubt for the start of next year’s Six Nations and Jonathan Joseph ru…

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England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU

• Saturday’s defeat by Springboks makes it five in a row •Jones extended his £750k-a-year contract in January until 2021The Rugby Football Union has insisted it still has faith in Eddie Jones and has no plans to review his contract despite England’s sh…

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Eddie Jones labels Bath owner ‘Donald Trump of rugby’ in injuries feud

• Bruce Craig criticised Jones following Beno Obano’s injury • Jones: ‘We’ve got an owner who thinks he knows everything’Eddie Jones has labelled Bruce Craig the “Donald Trump of rugby” as England’s head coach escalated his feud with the Bath owner.Cra…

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Eddie Jones hits back at Bath owner over England injuries complaint

• Bruce Craig calls injuries during England camps ‘unacceptable’• ‘We prepare players for Test matches’ says a defiant JonesEddie Jones has ignited a club versus country row by telling the owner of Bath, Bruce Craig, that he is unqualified to criticise…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…