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Dylan Hartley’s friends reacted to World Cup omission ‘almost like I died’

• Hooker talks of devastation at losing ‘ultimate send-off’• ‘I wake up most nights thinking about it … it’s just shit’Dylan Hartley has said friends reacted to the news he had missed out on England’s Rugby World Cup squad almost as though he had die…

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League Two 2019-20 season preview

Scunthorpe and Plymouth should be contenders after their relegation to a division in which Stevenage could be dark horsesThere is a vast pool of exciting 40-something coaches determined to make a splash as managers, some of whom are taking their first …

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Police continue to hunt missing £10m loaned to Northampton Town

• Borough council made the loan for improvements at Sixfields• ‘A complex financial and corruption investigation,’ police sayPolice investigating what happened to £10.25m of public money loaned to Northampton Town for a new east stand which was never c…

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‘Open your eyes’: Rob Baxter hits back at Northampton over Exeter playing style

• Director of rugby unhappy at comments from Saints’ Chris Boyd• Joe Marler would make World Cup return in ‘SOS scenario’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit back at accusations his side’s style of play is boring, urging critics to “open you…

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Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton

• Exeter 42-12 Northampton• Clinical Chiefs set up Twickenham date with SaracensNorthampton saw so little of the ball in the opening 20 minutes that their 14-point deficit seemed a minor triumph, yet they would have gone into the break ahead had Cobus …

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Northampton have ‘puncher’s chance’ of upset against Exeter, says Tom Wood

• Northampton recovered from relegation battle to finish fourth• Play-off semi-final rivals Exeter finished top of the PremiershipWhen Northampton lost at home to Newcastle at the beginning of December, they slumped to ninth in the Premiership, three p…

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The Breakdown | Rejuvenated Northampton face mission improbable in Premiership play-offs

The Premiership’s top two sides are the clubs with the lowest player turnover and show how continuity breeds consistencyDavid Young was reflecting on Wasps’ fitful season after their victory against Harlequins last Saturday. It was his side’s fifth vic…

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Chris Boyd eyes chance to break the Saracens-Exeter stranglehold

Premiership’s heavyweight pair seem destined for a Twickenham showdown unless Gloucester or Northampton can spring an upsetThe list of familiar club names absent from the 2018-19 Premiership semi-finals is a clear sign of the times in English rugby. Wa…

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Northampton hang on to play-off spot despite collapse at dominant Exeter

• Exeter 40-21 Northampton• Northampton finish in top four thanks to Harlequins lossNext week’s Premiership semi-final will involve these same two teams on the exact same stretch of Devon grass and Exeter will surely fancy a similar outcome. The Chiefs…

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Premiership team of the season: Danny Cipriani shows his class | Robert Kitson

South African and Australian talent is to the fore alongside the best of British in Tom Curry, Joe Marler and Henry SladeThe fast-footed Argentinian will be missed when he swaps Devon for Bordeaux this summer: no other player in the league has beaten m…

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Rory Hutchinson justifies Chris Boyd’s faith as he eyes World Cup

Northampton Saints’ director of rugby saw talent in abundance as well as someone error prone but he has patiently guided him to the verge of the game’s biggest stageThe Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, is full of those Kiwi metaphors that can…

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Dylan Hartley will not be rushed back, Northampton tell England

• Hartley hoping to play against Exeter after five months out• Hooker may go to World Cup without competitive game in 2019Dylan Hartley may miss out on the chance to press his World Cup claims before the end of the season with the Northampton director …

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James Haskell to retire after glittering career for England and Wasps

• Flanker will quit after injury-plagued season at Northampton• Eddie Jones pays tribute to ‘superb player’ and ‘great character’James Haskell, who has endured an injury-plagued campaign with Northampton this campaign, has announced he will retire at t…

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Geordan Murphy can take a lead from Harlequins and Northampton new men | Ugo Monye

Paul Gustard and Chris Boyd have managed to turn two ailing Premiership clubs around this season – Leicester, take noteWhen I look at Northampton and Harlequins I see two teams at the same stage of their journey. Both were coming to the end of dreadful…

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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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Rob Baxter warns Exeter players over social media dangers

• Coach speaks after Folau and Billy Vunipola’s Instagram posts• Baxter warns players of ‘making a statement about yourself’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has reminded his players about their responsibilities on social media in the wake of con…

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Northampton squeeze past Harlequins thanks to Alex Mitchell’s late try

• Harlequins 19-20 Northampton• Mitchell try and Grayson conversion seal Saints’ winJames Grayson landed a last-gasp conversion as Northampton secured a crucial away win against top-four rivals.Alex Mitchell’s fine finish set up a big kick for Grayson …

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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 …