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‘Hey horsey!’: England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews

It started out with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre …In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old…

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‘Hey horsey!’: England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews

It started out with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre …In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old…

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Saracens back players’ England roles amid relegation battle says Mark McCall

• Club say they will not let their need for points obstruct England• Six Saracens players started World Cup final in JapanSaracens, attempting to deal with the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in English club history, insist their heavy punishm…

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Sale eager for Faf de Klerk to sprinkle stardust on and off the pitch

Steve Diamond welcomes back his World Cup-winning scrum-half against La Rochelle on Sunday and his club can hardly waitFaf de Klerk has likely been at the centre of one or two raucous parties in the wake of the Springboks’ World Cup win, but last weeke…

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Holders Saracens begin their defence with heavy defeat to Racing

• Racing 30-10 Saracens• Finn Russell orchestrates Champions Cup demolition in ParisThe defence of the Champions Cup may not be Saracens’ priority because they have 35 docked Premiership points to make up, but this was a chastening bonus-point defeat a…

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Dan Biggar kicks Northampton to victory as Saints swat aside Lyon

• Northampton 25-14 Lyon• Wales fly-half kicks six penalties in imperious displayDan Biggar guided Northampton to a comfortable Champions Cup victory over Lyon with an imperious display in his first appearance since the World Cup.Biggar showed no signs…

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Simmonds brothers lead Exeter to rampant victory at La Rochelle

• La Rochelle 12-31 Exeter• Joe Simmonds kicks flawlessly, Sam gets bonus-point tryJust as they begin to falter on the domestic front, Exeter finally find some form in Europe. Typical. It looks as if Saracens are going to adopt a philosophical position…

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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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European Champions Cup roundup: Glasgow too strong for Sale

• Warriors open their campaign with 13-7 victory• Leinster, Harlequins and Ospreys v Munster laterDTH Van Der Merwe’s try gave Glasgow a winning start to their Champions Cup campaign as they edged out Sale 13-7. Dave Rennie’s team dominated the first h…

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Gloucester suffer Champions Cup loss to Toulouse despite Joe Simpson’s tries

• Four-times winners roar back to win Pool 5 match 25-20• Simpson’s two tries had given Gloucester a first-half leadTwo tries by the scrum-half Joe Simpson could not prevent Gloucester losing 25-20 to Toulouse in their opening Pool 5 match of the Champ…

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Saracens start Champions Cup defence under stormy cloud

The European champions have a major struggle on their hands heading into this weekend’s opener in France against Racing 92The La Défense Arena is an appropriately named venue for Saracens to start the defence of the European Champions Cup they won afte…

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The Breakdown | Champions Cup: opening weekend preview and pool-by-pool guide

As Saracens battle for Premiership survival, English and French rivals able to absorb the demands of a World Cup may capitaliseFine is probably not the word to describe the current state of Saracens. The holders go into the opening round of the Champio…

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Eddie Jones should take England to 2023 World Cup, says Chris Robshaw

• 2015 captain says future of young England side is ‘very bright’• Harlequins captain calls for English improvement in EuropeChris Robshaw believes Eddie Jones should take England to the 2023 World Cup in France, where he expects at least two-thirds of…

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Exeter do not expect Saracens to be stripped of Premiership titles

• Baxter: ‘If verdict is upheld titles will have been won unfairly’• Saracens may face fine for pulling out of season launchExeter director of rugby Rob Baxter does not expect Saracens to be stripped of two Premiership titles for breaching salary cap r…

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Saracens set the template for what a top-notch rugby club should be | Paul Rees

With community a core value, it is about more than rugby for the kings of Europe and now Premiership play-off contendersWhen Saracens played their first European Cup final, against Toulon in 2014, it was a meeting of two clubs who had approached the ve…

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Mark McCall ensures Saracens’ dominance is set to run and run | Robert Kitson

With three European crowns in four seasons there are no signs Saracens’ reign is coming to an end anytime soonThis time next year European rugby’s finals will be held in the south of France rather than the north-east of England, with Marseille’s Vieux …

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Billy Vunipola lives up to Champions Cup final rallying cry for Saracens

• Maro Itoje: ‘He told us he would show up’• No 8 scores decisive try in final against LeinsterBilly Vunipola gave a rousing speech on the eve of Saracens’ Champions Cup final victory, promising to deliver a match-winning performance. He then proceeded…

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Champions Cup final: talking points from Saracens’ victory over Leinster

Learning through failure shifts power to Saracens, but this year’s showpiece could have seismic effects on the wider gameLeinster were a year ago hailed not only as the best team in Europe but potentially the best ever after winning the Champions Cup. …

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Leinster 10-20 Saracens: Champions Cup final player ratings

George Kruis was a fantastic nuisance at the lineout and made a remarkable 27 tackles, while Garry Ringrose struggled to find space for LeinsterRob Kearney Mr Reliable under the high ball and it was his break down the right that eventually led to his s…

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Saracens’ Billy Vunipola bursts through to beat Leinster in Champions Cup final

• Leinster 10-20 Saracens• Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola lead Champions Cup fightbackThe unstoppable shifted the immovable. A meeting of the two leading clubs in Europe always threatened to come down to a few moments and two, either side of the inte…