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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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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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Christian Wade retires from rugby union and Danny Cipriani gets three-week ban

• Wasps wing retires ‘for personal reasons’ amid NFL link• Gloucester fly-half banned after high tackle on Rory ScannellWasps have released their England wing Christian Wade from his contract so he can attempt to break into American football.Wade, whos…

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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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Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor

• Bank sponsored 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions tours• Hearing will decide Danny Cipriani’s red-card fate this weekThe Six Nations is set to unveil HSBC as the championship’s new title sponsor, the Guardian understands. HSBC, which sponsored t…

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Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face of Munster’s Rory Scannell

• Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red card• Premiership player of the month left out of England squadDanny Cipriani’s bad week got considerably worse when the fly-half rejected by England was sent off for a high tackle during Glouceste…

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Jake Polledri: ‘Being rejected by Bristol spurred me on even more’

Gloucester’s Jake Polledri, who faces Munster this weekend, is a flanker who slipped through England’s fingersTalent-spotting is not an exact science, particularly in rugby. Some players develop late or fail to tick the obvious physical boxes, others a…

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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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Danny Cipriani shines as Gloucester down Castres in front of Eddie Jones

• Gloucester 19-14 Castres• Fly-half scores 14 points in front of England head coachGloucester became the first English club to win a game in this season’s Champions Cup as they beat Castres 19-14 at Kingsholm.And fly-half Danny Cipriani led from the f…

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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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Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani returns to haunt Wasps and sets up spectacular try

• Wasps 21-35 Gloucester• Cipriani scores 15 points as Gloucester earn bonus-point winIt could not have been any other way. Danny Cipriani returned to the club that let him go, now king of the one who took him in, and masterminded that rarest of phenom…

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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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Nathan Earle’s tries lead Harlequins to narrow win at Gloucester

• Gloucester 25-27 Harlequins• Harlequins win away in the league for first time in 12 monthsWhatever happened to staple English fare? This offering was typical of what is being served up in the Premiership, fast, fluid, frantic, furious and, at times, …

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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…