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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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Nathan Earle’s double helps Harlequins stun Premiership leaders Exeter

• Harlequins 28-26 Exeter• Loss is away side’s first of the seasonHarlequins condemned league leaders Exeter to a first defeat of the Premiership season but had to withstand a late charge before coming through 28-26 at The Stoop.Despite scoring first t…

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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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Saracens made to battle by Harlequins in TV thriller for US viewers

• Harlequins 20-25 Saracens• Former NFL player Paul Lasike taken off with head injuryIf gallant failures are as popular in the US as they are over here, then this agonising defeat for Harlequins will be a smash hit as the first Premiership match to be …

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Saracens front an American gold rush still seeking the nugget of success | Gerard Meagher

Saturday’s night match against Harlequins at the Stoop is the first free-to-air Premiership game on NBC as efforts continue to crack the US marketThe American gold rush is showing no signs of slowing down. Last week the Champions Cup organisers were th…

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Sam Simmonds’ worst fears confirmed in injury blow for England and Exeter

• Chiefs’ back-row to miss six to nine months with ACL injury• World Cup participation in doubt if he does not return by MaySam Simmonds faces an uphill battle to feature at the Rugby World Cup next year after being ruled out for between six and nine m…

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Joe Marler admits he used to get suspended to avoid England duty

• Harlequins prop did not enjoy being away from his family• Marler missed start of 2018 Six Nations due to suspensionJoe Marler has admitted that he would seek to get himself suspended to avoid England duty, having announced his surprise international …

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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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England’s Joe Marler retires from international rugby

• Decision by Harlequins player is bombshell for Eddie Jones• Marler won last of his 59 caps on summer tour of South AfricaJoe Marler has dropped a bombshell by retiring from England duty less than 12 months before the World Cup. The Harlequins prop ha…

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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…