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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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Sale’s Jono Ross seeks rare away win in pivotal Premiership game at Newcastle

• All-northern clash crucial in terms of semi-final qualification• ‘We need to replicate [our home] performances,’ says captainNot since Sale won their only Premiership title a dozen years ago have English rugby’s northern lights shone so brightly. Wit…

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Sale’s Jono Ross seeks rare away win in pivotal Premiership game at Newcastle

• All-northern clash crucial in terms of semi-final qualification• ‘We need to replicate [our home] performances,’ says captainNot since Sale won their only Premiership title a dozen years ago have English rugby’s northern lights shone so brightly. Wit…

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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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‘In a way, I’m lucky’: Doddie Weir on MND, rugby and his crusade for a cure

In New York for fun and treatment, the Scottish rugby great discussed life with motor neurone disease – and what he’s doing to fight itIn a famous scene from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir…

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Toby Flood kicks Newcastle to win over Northampton in front of record crowd

• Newcastle 25-22 Northampton• Flood contributes 20 points in match held at St James’s ParkThis felt like a victory for Newcastle before the match had even kicked off. The Falcons, enjoying their best season for 16 years, attracted a crowd of 30,174 to…

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Newcastle resist fightback as Billies’ boots fail to convert Gloucester tries

• Gloucester 20-21 Newcastle• Burns and Twelvetrees miss vital kicks as Falcons settle in top fourThe unthinkable becomes ever more likely. Newcastle claimed their sixth away win of the season to strengthen their position in the top four. They rode the…

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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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Saracens move to top as Liam Williams scores only try in win at Sale

• Sale 3-13 Saracens; Newcastle 29-12 Bath• Newcastle’s comfortable win over Bath completes doubleSale Sharks 3-13 SaracensSaracens moved to the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a 13-3 triumph over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sarrie…

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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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Newcastle resist late charge to end Exeter’s unbeaten run

• Newcastle 28-20 Exeter• Injury-hit leaders’ second-half rally leads to frantic finaleNewcastle held on to end Aviva Premiership pace-setters Exeter’s seven-match unbeaten league run with a 28-20 victory at Kingston Park.The champions may have been mi…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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George Ford inspires Leicester to go third with hard-fought win at Newcastle

• Newcastle 13-30 Leicester• Tigers’ England contingent show Eddie Jones they are ready for autumn TestsGood news for Leicester and for the England head coach, Eddie Jones: the Tigers’ Red Rose quintet are in fine fettle before the autumn international…

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Bloodied Jack Nowell an injury concern for Exeter as Sam Simmonds impresses

• Exeter unsure of extent of damage to Nowell’s cheek
• Simmonds’s try against Newcastle was his fifth in as many appearances

Exeter’s brief return to the top of the Premiership, of which they are the champions, was marred by the uncertainty over an injury to Jack Nowell. The England wing was forced off in the 20th minute of the bonus-point win against Newcastle on Saturday. He left the field with blood pouring from his face after a collision, and never returned. Exeter are as yet unsure of the extent of the damage to his left cheek, but such is the injury crisis in English rugby the temptation to fear the worst would be understandable with the autumn internationals five weeks away.

Related: Exeter eager to emulate gold standard set by Saracens in Champions Cup | Paul Rees

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend

Matt O’Connor’s Tigers are evolving fast, Bath’s fledglings offer hope for the country and Quins’ Kyle Sinckler is at the mercy of the law book

The Tigers are changing their stripes. A side which for years built its foundation on set-pieces, an all-enveloping back row, controlling half-backs and immovable defence has evolved into one that can thrive on less than 50% possession. The midfield partnership of George Ford and Matt Toomua allows Leicester to react quickly in broken play and, after all the upheaval of the last few seasons, continuity has been a theme this season. Five rounds into the Premiership the director of rugby, Matt O’Connor, has made just one change in his back line, and that was enforced when Manu Tuilagi was injured after the opening weekend. The wings Jonny May and Nick Malouf have scored seven of the 12 league tries between them, profiting from a broader range of passing, and both added to their tally against the champions in a match in which the home side spent two-thirds of the match in their own half and had just 38% of possession. Paul Rees

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Damp squib in Philadelphia exposes distance of American rugby dream

Only just over 6,000 turned up to watch Saracens and Newcastle to illustrate that the Premiership’s American adventure still has a long way to go

The Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty, put a brave face on a poor crowd for Newcastle v Saracens in Philadelphia, saying: “Obviously we know the size of the task, and it’s a big one.”

The Talen Energy Stadium – actually in Chester, down the Delaware from Philly – contained only 6,271 fans, 12,000 short of its modest Major League Soccer capacity. McCafferty said the challenge of filling such a ground, quite likely, although not certainly, to be the Talen, for the three years left of the American Series deal, was “exciting, in a way”.

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