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Scarlets turn back clock 13 years to Stephen Jones’ thrilling Paris dash | Paul Rees

Champions Cup victory over Bath brings back memories of Wales’ 2005 Grand Slam, plus Toulon president in hot waterWatching the velvet Scarlets reducing Bath to despair was to be transported back 13 years when Wales won the Grand Slam after ripping up t…

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Tadhg Beirne powers Scarlets to verge of last eight in masterclass at Bath

• Bath 17-35 Scarlets• Tadhg Beirne shows the way as Scarlets give Bath a masterclass in broken playThe Scarlets are on course to make the last eight of the Champions Cup despite losing their two opening matches after giving Bath, who started the night…

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Scarlets’ plan to hit Bath with power dented by Leigh Halfpenny injury

• Full-back fails late fitness test before key European Champions Cup tie• Sam Underhill returns for Bath in sole change to impress Eddie JonesThe Scarlets are aiming to invoke the spirit of 2002 at Bath on Friday night in their quest to reach the knoc…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Beno Obano: ‘Eddie Jones is a funny guy. He was actually quite nice to me’

The Bath prop and budding rapper Beno Obano has overcome injury to earn a place in the England training squad for the Six Nations alongside cousin Maro ItojeThe only thing missing after an afternoon in Beno Obano’s company is a rendition of the rap he …

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Beno Obano: ‘Eddie Jones is a funny guy. He was actually quite nice to me’

The Bath prop and budding rapper Beno Obano has overcome injury to earn a place in the England training squad for the Six Nations alongside cousin Maro ItojeThe only thing missing after an afternoon in Beno Obano’s company is a rendition of the rap he …

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

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Danny Cipriani plays the conductor to put Wasps in the groove against Bath

• Bath 26-31 Wasps• Marcus Watson scores twice for Wasps in nine-try thrillerThey continue to be left in the international wilderness but Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani shone brighter than any of England’s contingent in a helter-skelter victory for Wasp…

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Guy Novès becomes first France coach to get sack after dismal run of results

• Novès managed just seven wins from 21 matches in two-year spell• Bath fined £60,000 for allowing Faletau to play for Wales in autumnGuy Novès has become the first France coach in history to be sacked after he was replaced by Jacques Brunel.Novès endu…

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

Of the five Champions Cup groups, Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend – with one point separating the top three: Bath, Toulon and ScarletsTake nothing away from Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against La Rochelle but the absence of Victo…

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Leicester and Saracens defeats bring Champions Cup pain for English clubs

• Wasps win but as things stand only Bath would reach Europe’s last eight• Late breaks from Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi one of few weekend positivesBack-to-back defeats for Leicester and Saracens on Sunday completed another disappointing weekend for the E…

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No return date for Bath’s Sam Underhill after concussion in England game

• Bath’s Todd Blackadder says flanker is still showing symptoms• Anthony Watson impresses at full-back with Eddie Jones watchingBath are not setting a return date for their England flanker Sam Underhill, who has not played since sustaining a second con…

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Anthony Watson double sinks Toulon in Champions Cup to take Bath top

• Pool 5: Bath 26-21 Toulon• Home side hold firm despite late rally from visitorsBath showed heart in defeat in Toulon last week but here a pacemaker made the difference. The England head coach, Eddie Jones, was among the spectators as Anthony Watson, …

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Nathan Hughes back for Wasps, Northampton make five changes • Jack Nowell returns at Exeter, Manu Tuilagi fit for Leicester v MunsterThe England No8 Nathan Hughes returns from injury on Sunday to make his first start for Wasps since October in a matc…

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Seven steps to redemption for English clubs after Champions Cup wipeout | Robert Kitson

England clubs suffered their worst set of results in European history – but Bath, Leicester, Saracens and Wasps now have chance to lead a reversal of fortunesOK, so it looks bad. Seven European defeats for England’s seven Champions Cup representatives …

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Wales’ Six Nations hopes hit by Taulupe Faletau’s knee injury

• Faletau likely to miss three or four months after knee ligament injury• Joins fellow back-rower Warburton in treatment room for tournamentWales will be without two of their Lions Test back-rowers for the Six Nations after the Bath No8, Taulupe Faleta…

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

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Bath fear Taulupe Faletau may be set for long injury layoff

• No8 taken out by Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud in Champions Cup defeat• ‘He has medial ligament damage and it does not look good’Bath fear their Wales No8, Taulupe Faletau, will be out of action for a number of weeks after he sustained a knee ligament …

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Bath denied by Toulon in Champions Cup as Anthony Belleau bags late try

• Toulon 24-20 Bath• French side come from behind to go three points clear in Pool 5Bath’s away form had, until last weekend’s journey down the M5 to Exeter, been impressive, with victories at Leicester, Wasps and the Scarlets. They were within four mi…