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‘Big blow’ as Northampton v Leicester called off after positive Covid tests

Saints outbreak forces postponement of Saturday’s matchEast Midlands derby is fifth game scrapped in two weeksNorthampton’s match against Leicester is the latest Premiership fixture to be cancelled because of Covid-19 following an outbreak among the Sa…

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Leinster shrug off injuries to claim bonus against Northampton

Pool A: Leinster 35-19 NorthamptonMurphy, Healy, Kearney and Gibson-Park score home triesA home bonus-point win for mighty Leinster over a side they have ravaged more than a few times in the past was the least to expect – and was pretty much all they d…

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Cordero’s late Champions Cup try for Bordeaux adds to Northampton’s woes

Northampton 12-16 Bordeaux BèglesSaints’ winless run extends to 11 gamesThis year’s Heineken Champions Cup will hopefully supply more vintage contests and for Northampton there is currently no escaping the bitter taste of disappointment. Bottom of the …

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Sale march on but Tuilagi and Lawes give England injury headache

Northampton 14-34 SaleTuilagi injures achilles and Lawes damages ankleManu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes are major injury concerns for England’s autumn campaign after both limped off in the early stages of Sale’s emphatic win against Northampton, potentia…

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Sam Simmonds leads charge as Exeter swat Northampton aside

Champions’ Cup quarter-final: Exeter 38-15 NorthamptonFive-try victory sets up Chiefs’ first European semi-finalIt is 16 months ago now since Northampton’s Chris Boyd suggested Exeter needed to play with more optimism if they were to prosper in Europe,…

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Chris Boyd sees signs in Northampton that promise a new song for Europe

Saints, like Leicester, swap domestic travails for European competition, though Exeter will be daunting opponents Chris Boyd described last weekend’s east Midlands derby at Welford Road as the dance of the desperate, one of the English game’s tradition…

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Carabao Cup roundup: League One Hull shock Leeds after penalty shootout

Alfie Jones scored the winning penalty as Hull knocked out Leeds while Brentford eliminated SouthamptonHull clinched a deserved upset at Leeds in the Carabao Cup second round after winning a penalty shootout 9-8.Defender Alfie Jones scored the decisive…

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Carabao Cup roundup: League One Hull shock Leeds after penalty shootout

Alfie Jones scored the winning penalty as Hull knocked out Leeds while Brentford eliminated SouthamptonHull clinched a deserved upset at Leeds in the Carabao Cup second round after winning a penalty shootout 9-8.Defender Alfie Jones scored the decisive…

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Zack Henry kicks Leicester to victory as Northampton’s slump continues

Leicester 28-24 NorthamptonFly-half scores 20 points to help win east Midlands derbyChris Boyd lashed out at the worst performance of his Northampton tenure as they slumped to a fifth defeat in a row against a Leicester side who clinched a welcome vict…

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League One 2020-21 season preview

Peterborough and Sunderland hope to put last season behind them, Oxford and Portsmouth also look contenders but Wigan’s and Hull’s struggles seem set to continue It is fair to say Peterborough were miffed when they were bumped out of the play-offs on p…

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Bristol keep it simple to move second after overpowering Northampton

Bristol 47-10 NorthamptonThe Bears move up to second above rivals SaleBristol moved to second in the table after eventually overwhelming under-strength, out-of-form opponents in the final 18 minutes to record their biggest home win in the Premiership. …

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Exeter’s seconds just too good for Saints as they march on towards title

Northampton 19-22 ExeterExeter win for fifth time in a row since restartIt was 10 years to the day since Exeter made their Premiership bow and it is a measure of just how far they have come that their march towards a fifth straight final looks unstoppa…

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Harlequins old guard enjoys healthy respite against sorry Northampton

Harlequins 30-17 NorthamptonIn what emerged as a battle between England’s past and the future, Harlequins proved the old adage that there is no substitute for experience. Eddie Jones will have afforded himself a wry smile in the stands as fine performa…

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McConnochie makes it three in row for motoring Bath at Northampton

Northampton 3-18 BathWing McConnochie gives Eddie Jones a nudgeRuaridh McConnochie came off the bench to give Eddie Jones a timely reminder of his talents, scoring the decisive try to clinch a third straight win for Bath since the Premiership restart a…

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Northampton cut loose at London Irish to move within a point of the play-offs

London Irish 3-27 Northampton SaintsSpectacular final try by Ahsee Tuala seals bonus pointIt took them a while, two hours if you count last week’s home defeat by Wasps, but Northampton cut loose in the second half to move to within a point of the play-…

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Jack Willis helps Wasps to dominate the breakdown in win against Northampton

Northampton 21-34 WaspsForward mobility helps visitors to impressive victoryAfter five months of famine, and a couple of days of penalty-fests, finally something to feast on. Jack Willis produced a breakdown masterclass in front of Eddie Jones to cap W…

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Jack Willis helps Wasps to dominate the breakdown in win against Northampton

Northampton 21-34 WaspsForward mobility helps visitors to impressive victoryAfter five months of famine, and a couple of days of penalty-fests, finally something to feast on. Jack Willis produced a breakdown masterclass in front of Eddie Jones to cap W…

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All Blacks Owen Franks and Lima Sopoaga find Premiership a challenge

As Northampton face Wasps, spotlight falls on two All Blacks who have struggled to adapt on the other side of the world A mantra of the All Blacks is that players have to look within themselves. “The challenge is to always improve, to always get better…

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Premiership restart: club-by-club guide to rugby union’s return | Michael Aylwin

The season will resume on Friday and, with nine rounds left and two play-off weekends to follow, there is plenty to play for Position 6thSlap in the middle of the table, the play-offs are five points one way and Leicester (or relegation any other year…

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Mind your language: Premiership rugby’s return will be a new ball game

Friday’s resumption with no fans will make the on-field chatter audible, while a lot of player moves make an open competition even more unpredictableThe Premiership returns on Friday, unplugged. After five months of inactivity comes a frenzy of seven r…