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

A clean-up job awaits John Kingston’s heir, Gary Graham shines again and Kitchener’s tumble leaves Gopperth the fall-guyHarlequins have been linked with so many coaches since the announcement last week that John Kingston will leave at the end of the se…

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Jack Nowell caps return with two tries to help Exeter dismantle Gloucester

• Exeter 46-10 Gloucester• England player Nowell back after six weeks out with ankle injuryWay back on the opening night of the season, Exeter began the defence of their Premiership title with a narrow injury-time defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm…

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

Bath are facing catastrophe, Ellis Genge offers grounds for English optimism and Josh McNally makes a poignant returnAnother home defeat in the Premiership for Bath, whose season is now in grave danger of unravelling. It may have taken a late Joe Simmo…

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Drop looms for London Irish after narrow defeat at Gloucester’s hands

• London Irish 29-33 Gloucester• Tom Marshall grabs two tries in extraordinary win for visitorsThe English game is languishing in its own inertia, apparently. Some people should watch it occasionally. This was an extraordinary encounter in a season tha…

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Newcastle resist fightback as Billies’ boots fail to convert Gloucester tries

• Gloucester 20-21 Newcastle• Burns and Twelvetrees miss vital kicks as Falcons settle in top fourThe unthinkable becomes ever more likely. Newcastle claimed their sixth away win of the season to strengthen their position in the top four. They rode the…

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Premiership roundup: Joe Simmonds keeps his nerve to send Exeter top

• Simmonds converts Thomas Waldrom’s last-gasp try for 31-30 win• Northampton had led after tries from Horne, Foden and MallinderJoe Simmonds converted Thomas Waldrom’s last-minute try to cap a dramatic comeback from Exeter, who rallied from 13 points …

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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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Revitalised Northampton give winning start to Alan Gaffney against Gloucester

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester • New coach says victory after 11 defeats means ‘the monkey is off our back’Alan Gaffney’s focus on his first week in charge of a Northampton side that had endured 11 successive defeats in the Premiership and European Cha…

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Ken Pisa inspires Northampton to sink Gloucester and end losing streak

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester• Alan Gaffney oversees end to Saints’ 11-match winless runWhen Northampton last played Gloucester they were top of the Premiership but defeat at Kingsholm at the beginning of October marked the start of an 11-match losing…

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Ben Morgan: ‘I have not thought about England, I’m focusing on Gloucester’

Kingsholm No8 is concentrating on his improving club side rather than any England prospects after his return from another bout of injuryBen Morgan has not played for England since the defeat by Australia knocked the hosts out of the 2015 World Cup and,…

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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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Wasps leapfrog Gloucester in table as Kyle Eastmond makes an impact

• Wasps 49-24 Gloucester• Three tries in five minutes after Guy Thompson’s score sparks madcap finishThe giddy heights of second gave Gloucester vertigo. Their first league defeat for three months was a reminder that there are times when it pays to pla…

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Police investigate Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann and son over nightclub incident

• Claims that man sustained facial wounds during incident in Cheltenham• Gloucestershire Constabulary will view CCTV footage from nightclubGloucester’s head coach, Johan Ackermann, and his son Ruan are the subject of a police investigation following a …

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England’s Jessica Breach scores six tries on debut in rout of Canada

• England 79-5 Canada• Rampant Red Roses run in 13 tries in first TestThe debutant Jessica Breach scored six tries as England’s women marked a milestone game with an emphatic victory against Canada.The Red Roses, in their first game since the Rugby Foo…

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Gloucester hoping Johan Ackermann can work another miracle | The Breakdown

He transformed the fortunes of the lowly Lions in South Africa, and the early signs have been positive for the latest man in charge at KingsholmGloucester and Bath played before a full house at the Recreation Ground on Sunday. The only two full-time cl…

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

Harlequins’ sick list grows, Wasps’ Thomas Young looks to land of his father’s, Rob Baxter’s Exeter side pass ‘character test’ and Gloucester get one over BathJohn Kingston paused as he mulled over whether to put a precise figure on the list of unavail…

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Gloucester convert last gasp try for dramatic, narrow win over Bath

• Bath 21-22 Gloucester• Owen Williams converts Ed Slater’s stoppage time tryPeople have plenty to say about modern rugby, not all of it complimentary. Endless rutting stag impressions on the gainline are not everyone’s idea of prime entertainment and …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend

Matt O’Connor’s Tigers are evolving fast, Bath’s fledglings offer hope for the country and Quins’ Kyle Sinckler is at the mercy of the law book

The Tigers are changing their stripes. A side which for years built its foundation on set-pieces, an all-enveloping back row, controlling half-backs and immovable defence has evolved into one that can thrive on less than 50% possession. The midfield partnership of George Ford and Matt Toomua allows Leicester to react quickly in broken play and, after all the upheaval of the last few seasons, continuity has been a theme this season. Five rounds into the Premiership the director of rugby, Matt O’Connor, has made just one change in his back line, and that was enforced when Manu Tuilagi was injured after the opening weekend. The wings Jonny May and Nick Malouf have scored seven of the 12 league tries between them, profiting from a broader range of passing, and both added to their tally against the champions in a match in which the home side spent two-thirds of the match in their own half and had just 38% of possession. Paul Rees

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Carl Hogg questions Wayne Barnes as Worcester lose to Gloucester

• Gloucester 24-19 Worcester
• Worcester fight back but home side hang on in exciting finale

After their narrow defeat to Gloucester Worcester’s head coach, Carl Hogg, was left to rue an early yellow card for Donncha O’Callaghan. Hogg described referee Wayne Barnes’s decision as “a tough call” and Worcester conceded 17 points while he was off the field before fighting back.

Hogg said: “We slipped off one or two tackles during that 10-minute period and it cost us dear. Wayne Barnes has ruled that Donncha wasn’t back 10 metres when they took the quick tap and go. By the letter of the law he’s probably right. I think it is a tough call in the first five minutes of the game and it cost us dear.”

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