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England’s Jonathan Joseph happy to wing it on way to milestone

Bath centre is unfazed by switching positions for the Six Nations game against IrelandEddie Jones’s habit of encouraging flexibility among players over recent months goes beyond Sunday’s match against Ireland being a third successive game without a spe…

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Chris Boyd smiling again as Northampton make comeback in Lyon

• Saints win 36-24 in France• Bath’s Ross Batty sees red in UlsterThe Northampton players were castigated by their director of rugby Chris Boyd for their lacklustre display against Benetton Treviso last weekend but the Saints recovered to keep their f…

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Champions Cup preview: Exeter’s Hogg heads to Glasgow to meet former club

• Munster seek to deny Racing 92 top spot in Pool Four• Leinster host Lyon, Toulouse travel to face ConnachtLeinster are already guaranteed to finish top of the pool and their focus is on securing a home draw in the quarter-finals with two points separ…

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Glorious Gloucester storm back for bonus-point derby win over Bath

• Gloucester 29-15 Bath• Victors move to third in PremiershipGloucester crowds were for years treated to bruising encounters usually decided by the uncompromising home forwards and the boot of an accurate goal-kicker, but they came from behind to win o…

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Jonathan Joseph and Rhys Priestland help Bath hold off Sale fightback

• Bath 16-14 Sale• Fly-half Priestland scores 11 points for hostsBath resisted a strong fightback by Sale to win a thriller at the Rec. The home side led at half-time thanks to two penalties from fly-half Rhys Priestland and claimed a 13-0 advantage wh…

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Anthony Watson determined to repay Bath’s faith after injury woes

• The wing returned ahead of schedule in win over London Irish• Watson has been sidelined with two serious achilles injuriesAsk Anthony Watson if he is due a bit of luck after an injury run that has barely seen him play for his club in the past couple …

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

Leicester undo their own good work again, Rees-Zammit in the Wales reckoning and Sale raise their sightsThis is not the first time Leicester have proved themselves capable of the sort of rugby not even a team like Exeter can live with. And it is not th…

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Bath blow London Irish away with first-half blitz of five tries

• London Irish 10-38 Bath• Visitors up to seventh in Premiership after comfortable winBath scored five first-half tries en route to a comprehensive 38-10 victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.That match was good as over by the interval as t…

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Premiership’s four fallen giants face up to very real relegation risk | Paul Rees

Leicester, Bath, Wasps and Saracens have won 27 of the last 32 titles between them but know they are fighting for their league placesGlance quickly at the Premiership table and it looks upside down. The bottom four clubs have won 27 of the 32 titles si…

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Bath head towards exit after Clermont Auvergne cruise to victory

• Bath 17-34 Clermont Auvergne• Spanish wing Samuel Ezeala claims debut doubleNothing less than victory was going to save Bath in Europe this season and the guillotine has effectively fallen. Three straight defeats in pool 3 before a trip to the Massif…

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Trouble for Premiership big beasts shows money no guarantee of success | Robert Kitson

Leicester, Wasps and Bath are traditionally accustomed to the high life but find themselves stuck in the bottom fourIf success in modern rugby union is entirely down to money it has an odd way of showing it. Look no further than the current Premiership…

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Returning England players help Saracens to much-needed win at Bath

• Bath 12-25 Saracens• Owen Farrell kicks 20 points in first match since World Cup finalEvery league game Saracens play is now a cup final following their 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap but so far their nerve is holding. After a shaky …

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Marcus Smith kicks Harlequins to scrappy victory against Bath

• Pool 3: Harlequins 15-9 Bath• Hosts claim first win in this season’s Champions CupAfter the couple of weeks Harlequins have just endured, any old win would do for them. And any old win is what they got. At least they can come away from this claiming …

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Jacob Stockdale helps Ulster hang on for hard-fought victory at Bath

• Bath 16-17 Ulster• English club fall to agonising defeatJacob Stockdale’s interception five metres from his own line after time was up won a tight match that simmered without nearing boiling point. Zach Mercer caught a ball above his head and broke i…

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Former Leicester and Bath wing Steve Booth dies aged 42

Leicester ‘shocked and saddened’ by death of former wing ‘He was a real entertainer on the pitch,’ says Geordan MurphyThe former Leicester and Bath wing Steve Booth has died at the age of 42. Leicester said they were “shocked and saddened” to hear of B…

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

Piers O’Conor and Mat Protheroe step up for Bristol, Newcastle left down and out while leaky Leicester require urgent repairsA third Premiership try of the season for Charles Piutau against Sale on Friday night, in what was his ninth league start of th…

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Late tries from Zach Mercer and Joe Cokanasiga edge Bath past Wasps

• Bath 29-17 Wasps• Hosts boost hopes of top-six finishThree tries in the final six minutes gave Bath a bonus point victory that took them to sixth in the table and on course for a place in the European Champions Cup, but this was a muddle of a match t…

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

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Danny Cipriani makes difference for Gloucester in frenetic Bath derby

• Gloucester 27-23 Bath• Outside-half sees off rivals’ bid to silence the ShedBath had won their previous five Premiership matches here and quickly set about silencing the Shed again. Freddie Burns, who started his career at Gloucester, had a rare star…