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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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Saracens hammer relegated London Irish to secure home Premiership semi

• London Irish 14-51 Saracens• Return of Billy Vunipola boosts Saracens and EnglandThe England No 8 Billy Vunipola produced a rampaging 20-minute cameo as Saracens secured a home play-off semi-final against Wasps or Newcastle by crushing relegated Lond…

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Sam Simmonds’ hat-trick helps Exeter Chiefs to easy win over London Irish

• London Irish 5-45 Exeter• Exiles now nine points off 11th-placed WorcesterThere remains a mathematical chance of London Irish avoiding relegation from the Premiership this season but any realistic hope of a reprieve was in effect ended on Sunday…

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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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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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Drop looms for London Irish after narrow defeat at Gloucester’s hands

• London Irish 29-33 Gloucester• Tom Marshall grabs two tries in extraordinary win for visitorsThe English game is languishing in its own inertia, apparently. Some people should watch it occasionally. This was an extraordinary encounter in a season tha…

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London Irish face fight for their future beyond relegation battle

Declan Kidney, London Irish’s recently appointed technical consultant, will need to pull off a miracle with Exiles 12 points adrift at bottom of Premiership as club also faces fight for its professional futureDeclan Kidney does not need to be a qualifi…

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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…

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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…

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Leicester hold off London Irish as Manu Tuilagi marks 100th appearance with try

• Leicester 19-15 London Irish• Toomua and May also score to help Tigers seal much-needed victoryThe ugly run of defeats is over. Leicester will be as relieved by that as they are by four points in the mid-table scrap. But don’t go thinking their probl…

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

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Newcastle’s Alex Tait takes advantage of lowly London Irish’s bad luck

• London Irish 15-20 Newcastle• Visitors scored first try from what appeared to be a knock-onWhen you are down and in need of luck, fate usually spits in your face. London Irish, without a win here in the Premiership since March 2016, were 6-3 ahead af…

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Worcester’s Josh Adams deepens Premiership gloom for London Irish

• Worcester 23-8 London Irish• Wing Adams scores two tries in Irish’s 10th defeat in 11 league gamesThe Aviva Premiership season has barely reached its halfway point but the odds on London Irish escaping relegation are already starting to lengthen. The…

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London Irish director wants scrapping of Premiership promotion and relegation

• Nick Kennedy’s club are bottom of the league after nine defeats in a row• Ring-fencing would be to England’s long-term benefit, argues KennedyAfter the Rugby Football Union revealed this month that it was open to the possibility of ring-fencing the P…

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

Harlequins’ sick list grows, Wasps’ Thomas Young looks to land of his father’s, Rob Baxter’s Exeter side pass ‘character test’ and Gloucester get one over BathJohn Kingston paused as he mulled over whether to put a precise figure on the list of unavail…

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Alex Goode delivers in style to help weary Saracens see off London Irish

• Saracens 44-13 London Irish• Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and Liam Williams among try-scorersSaracens eventually stirred from their slumber to hit London Irish for six but, on the weekend when seven of Mark McCall’s men report for England duty, it was…

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Charlie Hodgson: ‘Rugby union is unrecognisable from when I started’

The former England fly-half, now coaching at London Irish, fears the physical demands on young players may be too great with more matches being playedAs one of English rugby’s sharpest brains, not to mention finest playmakers, it is a great shame that …