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James Haskell: ‘When you’re being choked in the MMA cage it’s horrific’ | Donald McRae

The ex-England rugby player is ‘a full-on professional sportsman again’ but his new life in mixed martial arts is a test like no other“I’m in the dungeon in Wembley five times a week, training with fighters, and there is no let-up,” James Haskell says …

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Pat Lam hails Bristol’s impact players in comeback victory at Northampton

• Northampton 14-20 Bristol• Bears fight back from 14 points down to winThe Bristol director of rugby, Pat Lam, was confident “a purple patch would come” following a poor first-half performance as his side turned around a 14-0 deficit to beat Northampt…

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Elliot Daly becomes second England player to pledge future to Saracens

• ‘I’ve got no regrets about joining,’ says wing of move from Wasps• England full-back George Furbank relishing Twickenham debutElliot Daly has become the second England player to pledge his future to Saracens, vowing to stick by the disgraced club in …

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Elliot Daly becomes second England player to pledge future to Saracens

• ‘I’ve got no regrets about joining,’ says wing of move from Wasps• England full-back George Furbank relishing Twickenham debutElliot Daly has become the second England player to pledge his future to Saracens, vowing to stick by the disgraced club in …

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Six of the Best: when George ran riot for Manchester United 50 years ago

On 7 February 1970 George Best got six goals at Northampton in the FA Cup in his push to prove the ‘cranks’ wrongThe meticulousness with which even the lowliest football clubs prepare for matches these days makes Northampton’s meeting the day before th…

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FA Cup roundup: Wayne Rooney scores to set up Manchester United reunion

• Derby earn United tie with 4-2 win over Northampton• Birmingham and Reading scrape through on penaltiesWayne Rooney faces a fifth-round reunion with Manchester United after Derby overcame Northampton 4-2 at Pride Park on Tuesday night.Rooney scored t…

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Wayne Rooney unable to spark Derby into life in drab draw with Northampton

Do not bet on Wayne Rooney and Derby County reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup. Their replay against the lowest ranked team left in this competition will be mighty awkward if this laboured draw is anything to go by. Keith Curle’s men, sixth in Leag…

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Northampton’s Jordan Turnbull: ‘Sharing a pitch with Rooney is special’

Manchester United-supporting centre-back should get to take on one of his heroes when Derby visit Sixfields in the FA CupFor those who like to think the FA Cup is about more than just monitoring the load on Premier League legs, one of the first ties of…

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Chris Boyd smiling again as Northampton make comeback in Lyon

• Saints win 36-24 in France• Bath’s Ross Batty sees red in UlsterThe Northampton players were castigated by their director of rugby Chris Boyd for their lacklustre display against Benetton Treviso last weekend but the Saints recovered to keep their f…

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Northampton snatch dramatic win at Wasps despite Tom Collins’ red card

• Wasps 31-35 Northampton• Taqele Naiyaravoro scores winning tryThe Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, was relieved to see his Saints ‘poke themselves in front’ in the final two minutes to record a 35-31 win over Wasps. Related: Exeter use all …

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FA Cup roundup: QPR thrash Swansea, League Two Northampton progress

• Jordan Hugill strikes twice for QPR• Burton 2-4 Northampton; Charlton 0-1 West BromJordan Hugill scored twice as QPR thrashed Swansea 5-1. In-form Bright Osayi-Samuel also netted for Rangers, who were three up by half-time. George Byers struck for Sw…

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Northampton hold out for win despite Rees-Zammit’s hat-trick for Gloucester

• Northampton 33-26 Gloucester• Cobus Reinach’s two tries decisive for SaintsNorthampton returned to the head of the table after squeezing out Gloucester in an indulgent festive romp at Franklin’s Gardens. The visitors scored four tries to three, with …

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

Leicester undo their own good work again, Rees-Zammit in the Wales reckoning and Sale raise their sightsThis is not the first time Leicester have proved themselves capable of the sort of rugby not even a team like Exeter can live with. And it is not th…

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Kyle Sinckler highlights the need for transfer fees for homegrown players | Ugo Monye

Tighthead prop has been with Harlequins since he was 12 but club could lose him in January and not be rewarded for all the good work they have doneIt is that time of the year when speculation starts to swirl over players’ futures. If anyone is going to…

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Garry Ringrose scores hat-trick as Leinster overwhelm Saints again

• Leinster 50-21 Northampton• Saints can still qualify for last eightLeinster became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage with two rounds to go after overwhelming Northampton for the second time in a week, again scoring seven tries. Despit…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…