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Stuart Hogg makes most of Glasgow’s scraps of possession to down Exeter

• Glasgow 28-21• Home side score four tries despite Exeter dominationThe unsettling pattern of the English clubs’ experience in Europe this season was continued in Glasgow where the English champions, no less, were taught a lesson in precision and wit …

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Sam Simmonds: ‘England? I didn’t imagine it even a couple of years ago’

Rapid rise of the Exeter Chiefs’ No8 from being on loan to Cornish Pirates to playing for England has surprised everybody, including himBy his own admission Sam Simmonds does not much enjoy big cities. In his home town of Teignmouth the nearest thing t…

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Olly Woodburn double helps Exeter to emphatic win over Montpellier

• Exeter 41-10 Montpellier• Chiefs keep quarter-final hopes alive after an impressive victoryIt has not been a vintage European season for the Premiership clubs but English pride is not yet entirely extinguished. This convincing six-try thrashing of th…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from Saturday and Sunday’s FA Cup third round matches Continue reading…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Newcastle resist late charge to end Exeter’s unbeaten run

• Newcastle 28-20 Exeter• Injury-hit leaders’ second-half rally leads to frantic finaleNewcastle held on to end Aviva Premiership pace-setters Exeter’s seven-match unbeaten league run with a 28-20 victory at Kingston Park.The champions may have been mi…

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

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Exeter’s Baxter focuses on future after win over Leicester ends stunning year

• Exeter 30-6 Leicester• Chiefs cut loose in final quarter to inflict sixth straight loss on TigersThe year 2017 has been a truly memorable one for Exeter and here was a last seasonal cherry on the top. The Chiefs are entering the new year with a 10-po…

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Will Chudley solo try for Exeter exposes rudderless Northampton’s slump

• Northampton 14-35 Exeter• Saints crash to their 10th consecutive defeat in major competitionsIf Northampton hope that sending their director of rugby westward might spur them into the typical improvement of the chastened outfit, they do so in vain. J…

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

Of the five Champions Cup groups, Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend – with one point separating the top three: Bath, Toulon and ScarletsTake nothing away from Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against La Rochelle but the absence of Victo…

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Exeter failure to exploit early edge punished by Leinster’s Luke McGrath

• Pool 3: Leinster 22-17 Exeter• Exeter Chiefs face struggle to reach Champions Cup quarter-finalsPart of the Great English Humiliation last weekend, Exeter were one of those not quite disgraced then and here their dignity was way beyond reproach. Yet …

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Nathan Hughes back for Wasps, Northampton make five changes • Jack Nowell returns at Exeter, Manu Tuilagi fit for Leicester v MunsterThe England No8 Nathan Hughes returns from injury on Sunday to make his first start for Wasps since October in a matc…

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Seven steps to redemption for English clubs after Champions Cup wipeout | Robert Kitson

England clubs suffered their worst set of results in European history – but Bath, Leicester, Saracens and Wasps now have chance to lead a reversal of fortunesOK, so it looks bad. Seven European defeats for England’s seven Champions Cup representatives …

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

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Leinster’s Jack Conan seals win over Exeter with late try

• Exeter 8-18 Leinster• Third defeat of an English team by an Irish province in a weekendThis has not been a happy weekend for English clubs in the Champions Cup, either on the field or weather-wise. Not a single victory from five completed fixtures, t…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

Joe Launchbury back for Wasps; Schalk Burger takes Maro Itoje’s role for Saracens; Exeter look to Henry Slade and Jonny Hill; Leicester boosted by return of Jonny May; Taulupe Faletau straight into Bath side after playing for WalesWasps welcome their c…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…