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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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Bristol no pushovers as Ian Madigan punishes Quins’ ill-discipline

• Bristol 20-13 Harlequins• Irishman kicks five penalties as visitors earn three yellow cardsThey are not going to be easy to beat here. Bristol’s second home match of their return to the Premiership did not throb with the intensity of their first, but…

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Bristol no pushovers as Ian Madigan punishes Quins’ ill-discipline

• Bristol 20-13 Harlequins• Irishman kicks five penalties as visitors earn three yellow cardsThey are not going to be easy to beat here. Bristol’s second home match of their return to the Premiership did not throb with the intensity of their first, but…

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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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Bath resist late Quins pressure after rising star Joe Cokanasiga runs riot

• Harlequins 32-37 Bath• Bath’s Cokanasiga and Zach Mercer impress with two tries eachIf the recruitment of England’s defence coach as supremo was meant to transform Harlequins’ fortunes, there was little sign of it here. Bath, who have hardly ripped u…

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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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Northampton up and running as Dylan Hartley try helps beat Harlequins

• Northampton 25-18 Harlequins • Dan Biggar’s accuracy lifts SaintsDylan Hartley gave the watching Eddie Jones some timely encouragement by scoring his first Premiership try since December last year to help Northampton secure their opening win of the n…

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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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Marcus Smith lands 26 points for Harlequins as Sale are shredded

• Harlequins 51-23 Sale• Tom Curry injured in heavy defeatHarlequins’ new era under Paul Gustard is off to a flying start after 26 points and a commanding performance from Marcus Smith were enough to put Sale to the sword. There were some elements to Q…

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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 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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Rapid staff turnover suggests unrest around Eddie Jones’ England | Robert Kitson

Paul Gustard’s departure little more than a year before the World Cup illustrates that all is not well at TwickenhamAt first glance the story sounds entirely straightforward: England defence coach takes new job at Harlequins. Paul Gustard is perfectly …

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Paul Gustard ‘could not turn down opportunity’ to join Harlequins

• England defence coach taking up new post at Premiership club• Gustard will replace John Kingston as head coach next monthHarlequins have confirmed the appointment of the England defence coach, Paul Gustard, as their new head of rugby. Gustard, 42, wi…

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England’s Kyle Sinckler: ‘I don’t want to lose the fire in my belly’

Prop heads for South Africa knowing a troubled reputation follows him but insists he must keep ‘that extra juice I need to play at the top level’Whenever Eddie Jones is asked about England’s strength in depth he has only to count to three before expres…

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Stuart Lancaster pledges future to Leinster amid Harlequins speculation

• Former England head coach ‘100% committed’ to Irish province• ‘I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. For me it’s all about Leinster‘Stuart Lancaster is not interested in the vacant job at Harlequins and has ruled out a return to the Aviva Premiership…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…

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Exeter’s Alec Hepburn finishes off a six-try victory over Harlequins

• Harlequins 17-41 Exeter• Harlequins slump in final quarter on John Kingston’s farewellAnother match, another horrible defeat for Harlequins. At home they may have been, with the sun on their backs, just as they have always liked it, but they could no…

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Saracens beat Harlequins on historic afternoon of progress for women’s game | Robert Kitson

A crowd of 2,000 saw an engrossing final of the Tyrrells Premier 15s as talk of the game going professional increasesEnglish rugby has its share of thorny issues at present but there is one fast-emerging success story out there. If a distinctly chilly …

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Harlequins hoping to take final steps to glory under Gary Street

The former England head coach will hope his winning habit gives Harlequins the edge over Saracens in the Tyrrells Premier 15s finalThere can be few better qualified to pass judgment on the current state of women’s rugby than Gary Street. England’s head…