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England’s Jack Nowell in fitness race for Rugby World Cup after ankle surgery

• Exeter’s Rob Baxter expects wing to be fit for tournament• Eddie Jones to name preliminary England squad on ThursdayEngland face a Rugby World Cup waiting game over the fitness of Jack Nowell, who has undergone surgery on the ankle he damaged in the …

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Saracens’ triumph stiffens Mark McCall’s resolve to rebuff a Test role

‘Dead on their feet’ Sarries stun Exeter and prompt director of rugby to admit, ‘Walking away would be a huge call’When the finale of the domestic rugby season proves more satisfying than the Champions League final and an Anthony Joshua world title fig…

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Jack Nowell injury is a pain for Exeter and a concern for Eddie Jones

• England wing will have scan on injured ankle• ’We can be proud,’ says Exeter’s Rob BaxterJack Nowell will have a scan on his left ankle after limping off 10 minutes before the end of Exeter’s third defeat in a Premiership final to Saracens in four se…

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Saracens show off power and glorious weapons of Premiership at its best | Michael Aylwin

Twickenham showpiece thrills time and again, and it helped that this one featured one of the teams of this or any ageOnce again this grand-final concept repays. There are still those who grumble about it – and there is no doubt the idea of a nine-month…

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Saracens show off power and glorious weapons of Premiership at its best | Michael Aylwin

Twickenham showpiece thrills time and again, and it helped that this one featured one of the teams of this or any ageOnce again this grand-final concept repays. There are still those who grumble about it – and there is no doubt the idea of a nine-month…

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Jamie George try caps stirring comeback as Saracens retain their title

• Exeter 34-37 Saracens• Jack Nowell injury a concern for EnglandSaracens retained the Premiership title and recorded the league and Champions Cup double for the second time since the last World Cup after overcoming an 11-point deficit in the final qua…

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Exeter v Saracens: Premiership rugby union final 2019 – live!

Live updates from Twickenham, kick-off 3pm (BST)Rob Baxter hits back over Exeter playing styleRob Kitson: Saracens juggernaut ready to goFeel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.44pm BST Related: Premiership finalists Exeter have more to offe…

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Saracens juggernaut ready to blast aside Exeter in Premiership final

Maro Itoje’s confidence underlines Saracens’ belief as they attempt to show they are the greatest club side everShould Saracens complete a second domestic and European double in four seasons it will be time to ask a simple question: has English rugby u…

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Exeter determined to do themselves justice against Saracens in final

• Baxter: ‘I look back at that first half with regret’• Exeter face final rematch after last year’s defeatJust as they did last year a black-clad Exeter side will emerge into the bright Twickenham sunshine from the home dressing-room at Twickenham havi…

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Premiership finalists Exeter have more to offer than just their finishing move | Ugo Monye

Rob Baxter’s team have the variety in their attack to carry a significant threat against champions Saracens at TwickenhamExeter have come in for a fair bit of criticism in the last week or two for their supposedly “boring” style of play but I don’t bel…

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‘Open your eyes’: Rob Baxter hits back at Northampton over Exeter playing style

• Director of rugby unhappy at comments from Saints’ Chris Boyd• Joe Marler would make World Cup return in ‘SOS scenario’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit back at accusations his side’s style of play is boring, urging critics to “open you…

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Brad Barritt’s chances of playing for Saracens in Premiership final improve

• Scan on centre’s hamstring shows ‘little bit better’ than feared• Leicester coach Geordan Murphy banned for three gamesSaracens remain hopeful their injured captain, Brad Barritt, could yet be fit for the Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenha…

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Exeter Chiefs believe they can make Europe’s finest look second best | Robert Kitson

Saracens will be a formidable barrier but Rob Baxter’s team are capable of overturning last year’s final outcomeIt is easy to see why so many people think this year’s Premiership trophy is destined to remain in north London. Saracens, the holders, are …

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Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton

• Exeter 42-12 Northampton• Clinical Chiefs set up Twickenham date with SaracensNorthampton saw so little of the ball in the opening 20 minutes that their 14-point deficit seemed a minor triumph, yet they would have gone into the break ahead had Cobus …

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Northampton have ‘puncher’s chance’ of upset against Exeter, says Tom Wood

• Northampton recovered from relegation battle to finish fourth• Play-off semi-final rivals Exeter finished top of the PremiershipWhen Northampton lost at home to Newcastle at the beginning of December, they slumped to ninth in the Premiership, three p…

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The Breakdown | Rejuvenated Northampton face mission improbable in Premiership play-offs

The Premiership’s top two sides are the clubs with the lowest player turnover and show how continuity breeds consistencyDavid Young was reflecting on Wasps’ fitful season after their victory against Harlequins last Saturday. It was his side’s fifth vic…

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Chris Boyd eyes chance to break the Saracens-Exeter stranglehold

Premiership’s heavyweight pair seem destined for a Twickenham showdown unless Gloucester or Northampton can spring an upsetThe list of familiar club names absent from the 2018-19 Premiership semi-finals is a clear sign of the times in English rugby. Wa…

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Premiership rugby 2018-19: club-by-club season verdict | Michael Aylwin

Fall of Newcastle reflects brutality of top flight while excellence of Saracens and Exeter continues to set the gold standardThey made Europe with the last kick of what has been an otherwise curious season, but they are used to those at the Rec. Rumour…

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Northampton hang on to play-off spot despite collapse at dominant Exeter

• Exeter 40-21 Northampton• Northampton finish in top four thanks to Harlequins lossNext week’s Premiership semi-final will involve these same two teams on the exact same stretch of Devon grass and Exeter will surely fancy a similar outcome. The Chiefs…

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Premiership team of the season: Danny Cipriani shows his class | Robert Kitson

South African and Australian talent is to the fore alongside the best of British in Tom Curry, Joe Marler and Henry SladeThe fast-footed Argentinian will be missed when he swaps Devon for Bordeaux this summer: no other player in the league has beaten m…