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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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Saracens top table after cruising to emphatic victory over Gloucester

• Saracens 38-15 Gloucester• Maro Itoje scores twice as home side overtake ExeterMaro Itoje scored two tries as Saracens issued a statement of intent in their Gallagher Premiership title defence by dismantling Gloucester 38-15 and moving top of the tab…

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Danny Cipriani faces Owen Farrell but his real England rival is George Ford

Cipriani’s Gloucester meet Farrell’s Saracens on Sunday but Ford is the man the man standing between the 30-year-old and a recall by Eddie JonesA montage on the wall of the Gloucester team room at their Hartpury training base is centred around the acro…

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

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Charlie Sharples strikes twice as Gloucester rally to sink Bristol

• Gloucester 35-13 Bristol• Newcomers overwhelmed in second-half onslaughtUnbeaten Gloucester clambered to the top of the Premiership after coming from behind to defeat promoted Bristol, who made a point even if they returned home without one.Bristol’s…

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

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Danny Cipriani turns on the style but Bath fight back to deny Gloucester

• Bath 31-31 Gloucester• Ruan Ackermann and Tom Dunn score two tries eachDanny Cipriani is on a fast track to showcase his full array of talents at his new club in a bid to convince Eddie Jones he is worth continuing with at No 10.His killer pass on th…

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Matt Banahan: ‘I still don’t know why Bath let me go. It cut me deeply’

Wing goes back to Bath for the first time since he joined Gloucester this summer, after 12 successful years at the Recreation GroundMatt Banahan will, as usual, be at Bath for their first home match of the season on Saturday but this time it will be di…

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

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …

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Danny Cipriani makes an instant impact as Gloucester take flight against Saints

• Gloucester 27-16 Northampton• Chris Boyd’s new team stumbleThere was never any danger of what happened in Jersey cowing Danny Cipriani. England’s fly-half marked his competitive debut for Gloucester by showing typical virtuosity, influencing the matc…

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Premiership looks like 10 in a scrum plus Saracens and Exeter on top | Robert Kitson

There are sure to be some seriously displeased club owners in the table’s bottom half, given how even the 2018-19 Premiership looks aside from Saracens and ExeterThe Strictly Come Dancing sequins and heels may be absent but in every other respect club …

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Saracens have the look of champions and Bristol can make their mark

Premiership club-by-club guide: Mark McCall’s men and Exeter may lead the way again but Worcester could face a hard winterDirector of rugby Todd Blackadder Continue reading…

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Premiership clubs turn on academy tap in bid to cut wage bills

• Record number of young players given first-team chance• Saracens have 30 academy players in senior squadPremiership clubs are promoting a record number of academy graduates to first-team squads as part of a drive to cut wage levels and end the persis…

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Premiership finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all Premiership clubs and what the figures say about their health. Wasps led the way in turnover but spiralling wages cause concernFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 12 clubs that were in the Premiership during 2016-17. All …

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Gloucester’s Johan Ackermann urges Eddie Jones not to drop Danny Cipriani

• ‘You can only judge him on how he performs,’ says club’s coach• Cipriani set for Gloucester debut after escaping RFU sanctionEddie Jones has been urged by the Gloucester head coach, Johan Ackermann, to hold talks with Danny Cipriani and judge the fly…

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Danny Cipriani avoids ban as RFU decides to take no further action

• ‘Conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game’ charge upheld• RFU hearing settles on rebuke but no further sanctionDanny Cipriani is free to make his first Gloucester appearance on Thursday after avoiding any further punishment from the Rugby Foot…

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Danny Cipriani fined £2,000 by Gloucester after nightclub incident

• Club describes incident at Jersey nightclub as ‘minor’• Cipriani will face RFU charge next weekGloucester have fined their England outside-half Danny Cipriani, who has yet to play for the club after joining from Wasps in the summer, £2,000 following …

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Gerbrandt Grobler: ‘If Eddie Jones came calling, I wouldn’t turn it down’

The lock remains optimistic about his future and hopes his move to Gloucester will finally turn a page on his doping pastIf Gerbrandt Grobler needed a reminder that he can never fully escape his doping past, it came within days of his arrival at Glouce…

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Danny Cipriani charged with misconduct by RFU over Jersey assault

• Player pleaded guilty to common assault after arrest• ‘We have high standards we expect across game’ – RFUEngland fly-half Danny Cipriani has been charged by the Rugby Football Union with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” after plead…

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Gloucester pledge Danny Cipriani support after player admits assault

• Club ready to assess incident in ‘robust but balanced way’• Fly-half fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £250 to police officerGloucester have pledged to give Danny Cipriani their “full support” after he pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arr…