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Leinster strengthen Champions Cup credentials with 27-point win over Bath

• Leinster 42-15 Bath• Jack Conan the first of six different try scorers for LeinsterThe two greatest teams of European rugby, with four titles apiece, go head to head at the top of Pool 1. Leinster remain the favourites, despite trailing Toulouse by t…

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury

• Wing damaged medial ligament in loss to Leinster• Eddie Jones due to name squad on 16 JanuaryThe England wing Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a battle to prove his fitness for the Six Nations after Bath confirme…

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Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson

Saracens apart, English sides are finding success in the Champions and Challenge Cups harder and harder to come by and the reason may lie in the mindWalking through the riot-scarred streets of Paris on Sunday evening was to be reminded Europe has more …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath

• Bath 10-17 Leinster• Sam Underhill shines in Bath’s lost causeBath have been flagging of late, one victory in 10 matches before welcoming the Champions Cup holders, which is maybe why they decided to confiscate 1,500 Leinster flags before the match o…

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Joe Cokanasiga crosses late for Bath to restrict bottom club Sale to draw

• Bath 7-7 Sale• Cokanasiga try in closing stages denies basement club victoryEngland wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to secure an unlikely 7-7 draw for Bath just when it seemed Gallagher Premiership bottom club Sale would leave a rain-sodden Rec with …

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Bath denied chance to replay Champions Cup tie with Toulouse

• EPCR dismiss complaint that full-time blown too early• Danny Cipriani will face disciplinary hearing on WednesdayBath’s controversial Champions Cup tie with Toulouse will not be replayed, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced. Bath lo…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Bath’s Alex Davies misses late penalty in a 10-try draw with Wasps

• Wasps 35-35 Bath• Todd Blackadder’s Bath fail to gain vital win in Pool OneBath want to replay last week’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse and their owner, Bruce Craig, would doubtless love this result to be amended as well. On balance neither side …

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Bath ready to make unprecedented request for Toulouse replay

• Club claim final whistle was blown early in the 22-20 defeat• Citings suggest Toulouse should have been down to 13 menThe Champions Cup organisers have confirmed Bath have signalled their intentions to request formally that last week’s defeat by Toul…

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Zach Mercer: ‘I’m getting bigger and stronger but can still move the same’

The Bath No 8 has added bulk to go with his quick feet and could get a chance to show Eddie Jones what he can do amid England’s back-row crisisBy his own admission, Zach Mercer is “the last one hanging on”. It is less of a case of the next cab off the …

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Bath’s Todd Blackadder urges Freddie Burns to ‘get back on the horse’

• Bath’s director of rugby offers backing to under fire fly-half• ‘We’ve got every confidence in Freddie – he’s a tough fellow’Todd Blackadder has urged Freddie Burns to “get back on the horse” on Saturday after his calamitous errors, insisting he has …

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‘Doing a Freddie’ is the sure way to make yourself a pantomime villain | Robert Kitson

Freddie Burns’s showboating blunder that cost Bath the match is a reminder to players to stop behaving like 12-year-oldsAt least Freddie Burns is in good company. Virtually every sport, at some stage, has produced a fall guy whose ill-advised showboati…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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Freddie Burns’ costly clangers were unforgivable, says Jeremy Guscott

• Bath full-back castigated after 22-20 loss to Toulouse• He’s been made a bit of a fool, Guscott addsFreddie Burns has been made to look a fool after his clanger cost Bath victory against Toulouse on Saturday, according to the club legend Jeremy Gusco…

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Freddie Burns’ nightmare finish hands Toulouse victory over Bath

• Bath 20-22 Toulouse• Burns’ misses late chance after celebrating too earlyProfessional sport is a trying business, but it is difficult to imagine a more psychologically traumatic experience than the one Freddie Burns endured in the space of three min…

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European Champions Cup 2018-19: pool-by-pool guide

Can anyone stop Leinster from winning an unprecedented fifth title? Are Exeter equipped for a real challenge? We mark your card for Europe’s top competitionA pool featuring four former winners and 11 titles but it is hard to see anything other than Lei…

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Taulupe Faletau a major doubt for Wales internationals after breaking arm

• Bath No 8 will require surgery and a plate inserted• Faletau played on after suffering injury on FridayTaulupe Faletau is a serious doubt for Wales’s autumn internationals after the Bath director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, confirmed the No 8 has suff…