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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…

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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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No surprise as fallen giants Harlequins call time on John Kingston | Robert Kitson

It is three years since Quins, Northampton or Bath made the Premiership play-offs and anxiety is growing at these traditionally big clubsAt this stage of the domestic rugby season the table seldom lies. It is not enough simply to blame under-achievemen…

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John Kingston to leave Harlequins as London Irish defeat proves final straw

• Fourth Premiership director of rugby to leave job this season• Club likely to use All Blacks link in search for replacementJohn Kingston has become the fourth Premiership director of rugby to leave his job this season – just three months after signin…

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

Ellis Genge impresses in the heat of battle, Saracens end tough week on a high and Marland Yarde spearheads Sale’s late pushLoosehead prop is not a problem position for England with Mako Vunipola backed up by Joe Marler, but Beno Obano and Ellis Genge …

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Piet van Zyl grabs two tries as bottom side London Irish batter Harlequins

• Harlequins 5-35 London Irish• Win means Irish relegation fight still alive with three games to playIt’s all very well playing like this now. London Irish remain alive, but the real story is the confidence and facility of their form, now that it has s…

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Premiership Rugby set for revamp with US insurance giant as new title sponsor

Arthur J Gallagher to replace Aviva as title backer, US sources sayHarlequins and Sale set to play in US in 2019, possibly in ChicagoPremiership Rugby is set to announce the US insurance giant Arthur J Gallagher & Co as its new title sponsor, succe…

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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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Saracens’ Alex Lozowski ready to step in for Farrell as Leinster tie looms

• Farrell ‘touch and go’ to be fit for Challenge Cup quarter-final• ‘I’ll do whatever the team needs. We all want to play the big games’Alex Lozowski is ready to lead the Saracens backline against Leinster in the European Challenge Cup quarter?final in…

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Maro Itoje back on form as Saracens ease past sluggish Harlequins

• Saracens 24-11 Harlequins• Itoje had his say on possible fatigue with sleeping try celebrationEngland’s struggle this season has as ever, generated debate about the fault line in the professional game in a country where the first loyalty of players i…

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Kyle Sinckler the bulldozer steps in to give Harlequins win over Bath

• Harlequins 20-5 Bath• England prop makes immediate impact on comeback from injuryKyle Sinckler sets about winning his England place back on Monday with a spring in his step after a timely reminder of his talents, coming off the bench and almost immed…

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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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Matt Toomua’s try turns game Leicester’s way against Harlequins

• Leicester 33-18 Harlequins• Toomua sprinted 25 metres to line after a dummyIt was the 20th anniversary of the sacking of Bob Dwyer as Leicester’s director of rugby and there was a point in the second half when it seemed his compatriot Matt O’Connor w…