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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…

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Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games

• Marler has missed Italy and Wales games through suspension• ‘I really need to knuckle down,’ says Harlequins propFive minutes before full time at Twickenham, it struck Joe Marler like a sledgehammer. Until that point Marler had avoided watching any o…

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Shaunagh Brown: ‘I run in a straight line. If there’s someone in my way … sorry’

The Harlequins and England back-row, who is compared to Forrest Gump by her coach Gary Street, took a remarkable, meandering route into rugbyIt is still early in the year but the search for Test rugby’s most remarkable newcomer is already over. Actuall…

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Mike Brown: ‘The World Cup – I’m absolutely desperate to be there’

The England and Harlequins full-back is now the oldest player in the current Six Nations squad – but he is hungrier than ever and not ready to let his younger rivals take his shirt just yetAs Mike Brown considers the perfect finale to his long England …

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

Saracens became the only Premiership club to gain a European Champions Cup quarter-final place, Scarlets were the comeback kids and injuries made grim viewing for GatlandWasps must be kicking themselves for their late capitulation at Harlequins the pre…

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Wasps’ James Haskell sent off for dangerous tackle as Harlequins rally

• Harlequins 33-28 Wasps• Quins complete stunning turnaround with James Chisholm last-gasp tryJames Haskell was sent off for a dangerous tackle as Wasps saw their hopes of reaching the Champions Cup knockout stages effectively come to an end after a st…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Joe Marler to miss England’s Italy and Wales games after six-week ban

• Harlequins prop punished following red card in defeat at Sale• Suspension to 20 February rules Marler out of two Six Nations gamesJoe Marler has been ruled out of England’s first two Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six-w…

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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…