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Ollie Thornley’s brilliance helps Gloucester humble Exeter Chiefs

• Exeter 19-27 Gloucester• Chiefs continue to struggle in EuropeThey have cracked this Premiership malarkey, but still Europe confounds Exeter. With this defeat, the Chiefs are all but out. It will feel just as painful to have been thus dismissed, with…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Nathan Earle’s double helps Harlequins stun Premiership leaders Exeter

• Harlequins 28-26 Exeter• Loss is away side’s first of the seasonHarlequins condemned league leaders Exeter to a first defeat of the Premiership season but had to withstand a late charge before coming through 28-26 at The Stoop.Despite scoring first t…

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Ben Moon’s landing in England squad seemed ‘joke’ to Chiefs’ late developer

• Prop set to be one of five Exeter men in line to face Springboks• ‘I’m 30 next year and you do wonder if your window is closing’A first cap is always a moment to cherish, but for Ben Moon a prospective Test debut on Saturday is particularly special. …

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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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Exeter’s Gareth Steenson on form but 14-man Castres still too strong

• Pool Two: Castres 29-25 Exeter• Exeter Chiefs again struggle in Champions Cup pool stageExeter have never won more than three matches in the Champions Cup pool stage. They will need to win in Munster in January if they are to improve that record, and…

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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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CJ Stander try salvages draw for Munster to deny Exeter

• Exeter 10-10 Munster• Chiefs frustrated in Champions Cup openerNothing stimulates Munster more than Europe. They arrived at Exeter, whose only defeat in their previous 17 matches had been in the Premiership final against Saracens last May, without an…

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Exeter’s Gareth Steenson: ‘My career has been built on being told I wasn’t good enough’

Uncapped Irish fly-half is benefitting from years of adversity and rewriting the rules of sports psychology before Munster matchMunster supporters visiting Devon for the first time this weekend should brace themselves for a strangely familiar experienc…

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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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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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England’s finest seek Champions Cup atonement at feet of Leinster | Paul Rees

Wasps have the first shot at the imposing holders in Dublin on Friday but Saracens look ready to wrest back the trophyThe pressing question in European rugby union as the Champions Cup starts is how do you stop Leinster winning it for a record fifth ti…

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Dave Ewers leads Exeter’s surge as they come from behind to beat Bath

• Bath 24-39 Exeter• Exeter run in five tries after close-fought first halfBy the end, Todd Blackadder’s cunning plan had turned to chaos but to fault Bath for this defeat does not do nearly enough credit to Exeter. It is a sixth win from their opening…

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Sam Simmonds’ worst fears confirmed in injury blow for England and Exeter

• Chiefs’ back-row to miss six to nine months with ACL injury• World Cup participation in doubt if he does not return by MaySam Simmonds faces an uphill battle to feature at the Rugby World Cup next year after being ruled out for between six and nine m…

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

The high-scoring extravaganzas should be enjoyed while they last but it seems nobody will get anywhere near the top twoWe know it will not last once the winter bites, but this has been quite the September if a points frenzy is your thing. This match wa…

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Santiago Cordero: ‘England should worry. Argentina are getting better and better’

The Exeter back is one of many Pumas relishing life in exile but believes the compatriots he left behind are on the riseIt is Santiago Cordero’s own choice but a life in rugby exile can be testing. On Saturday the 24-year-old could have been running ou…

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

Kiwi coaches deliver a very British contest, Joe Marler left to count his blessings, and the amazing jet-set Willie le RouxTwo New Zealand coaches presided over an old-school British game in which the set pieces shaped the outcome. Todd Blackadder is i…

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Leaders Exeter punish errant Toby Flood to secure win at Newcastle

• Newcastle 17-24 Exeter • Matt Kvesic scores crucial try with Flood in sin binExeter Chiefs extended their unbeaten run to stay top of the Premiership with a hard-fought 24-17 win at Kingston Park.The Chiefs led 14-10 at half-time thanks to a Simmonds…