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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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

Piers O’Conor and Mat Protheroe step up for Bristol, Newcastle left down and out while leaky Leicester require urgent repairsA third Premiership try of the season for Charles Piutau against Sale on Friday night, in what was his ninth league start of th…

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Newcastle Falcons relegated as Gloucester book a play-off place

• Gloucester 28-19 Newcastle• Danny Cipriani scores to help condemn Newcastle to dropFrom the top four to the trap door. One year after making the play-offs for the first time, Newcastle were relegated to the Championship. They overcame their customary…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

Pat Lam’s Bristol are looking up, Worcester secure their status and Saints are grateful to the ever-ready Dan BiggarIs it possible to qualify for a semi-final too early? Exeter find themselves killing time between now and 25 May, the date of the Premie…

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Northampton’s fast start leaves flat Newcastle staring down the barrel

• Newcastle 17-31 Northampton• Late Alex Mitchell intercept try seals win for NorthamptonThis was an all too familiar tale of woe for Newcastle who now seem doomed to relegation to the Championship, their six-year stay in the Premiership all but over. …

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Smart work not hard work and no panic could yet save Newcastle | Ugo Monye

Club’s coaches have a vital part to play if Newcastle are to win all three of their remaining games to stay in the PremiershipIn principle, Newcastle’s job is straightforward. Considering the season they have had it is easier said than done but they mu…

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Smart work not hard work and no panic could yet save Newcastle | Ugo Monye

Club’s coaches have a vital part to play if Newcastle are to win all three of their remaining games to stay in the PremiershipIn principle, Newcastle’s job is straightforward. Considering the season they have had it is easier said than done but they mu…

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

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Tigers eke out dramatic win and lay platform for Premiership survival

• Newcastle 22-27 Leicester• Gutsy Falcons face mountainous task to beat the dropOn a cold, uninviting night in the north-east, Leicester finally awoke to the seriousness of their situation by eking out a victory which should lay the platform for Premi…

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Toby Flood: ‘Leicester are lacking confidence and a bit of ambition’

Falcons’ fly-half is still friends with the Tigers head coach but has kept his distance as they prepare for crucial relegation battleToby Flood could take no more. The east Midlands derby last month was half an hour old but the former Leicester fly?hal…

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Tom Youngs given three-week ban and will miss Newcastle showdown

• Youngs also out of Bristol and Harlequins matches• Israel Folau investigated over social media postsThe Leicester captain, Tom Youngs, has been ruled out of the relegation showdown with Newcastle on Friday after receiving a three-week suspension for …

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Newcastle forward Calum Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

• Second row could be banned for rest of the season• Worcester ban supporter under police investigationNewcastle, who are at the bottom of the Premiership despite winning their last three matches, face losing their second row Calum Green for the rest o…

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

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Toby Flood helps Newcastle to vital win but Sale make biting claim

• Newcastle 22-17 Sale• Sharks’ hooker Rob Webber alleges he was bittenIt was difficult to put a price on this victory for Newcastle. In an increasingly tight and congested relegation picture, Dean Richards’s men have little margin for error if they ar…

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Newcastle call for end to relegation as Premiership basement battle hots up

Never have so few points separated so many top-flight teams but financial implications for those shunted downwards grow more serious each yearBack in September everyone predicted this would be a different kind of Premiership season. They were not wrong…

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Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension | Robert Kitson

Recent World Cups and Six Nations have been won by sides led by talismanic forwards at the heart of the actionWhenever England flatter to deceive the mind drifts back to Brighton sea front. The date was 19 September 2015 and the beach was packed with f…

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Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath

• Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were…