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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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Northampton deal a big blow to Leicester’s top-four hopes

• Leicester 21-27 Northampton• Stephen Myler kicks 12 points in Saints victoryNorthampton’s coaching consultant, Alan Gaffney, wondered before the match whether some of his players had switched off early: as early as October, it could be argued given t…

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No surprise as fallen giants Harlequins call time on John Kingston | Robert Kitson

It is three years since Quins, Northampton or Bath made the Premiership play-offs and anxiety is growing at these traditionally big clubsAt this stage of the domestic rugby season the table seldom lies. It is not enough simply to blame under-achievemen…

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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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Dylan Hartley’s place on England tour to South Africa in jeopardy

• Hooker missed Northampton’s past two matches with concussion• We’ll do what’s right by Dylan, says Saints coach, Alan DickensDylan Hartley’s place on the England tour of South Africa this summer is in question after Northampton admitted the national …

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Alex Lozowski inspires nine-try Saracens to huge win over Northampton

• Northampton 13-63 Saracens• Sarries score 48 unanswered points in second halfFor all that the scoreboard makes for desperate reading yet again for Northampton, perhaps the most miserable thing is that Saracens reached top gear only intermittently in …

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Football pioneer and war hero Walter Tull may be honoured at last | Ed Aarons

Former Northampton player’s bravery before his death in the first world war was never recognised but now there is hope the trailblazer may posthumously be awarded the military crossFor the best part of 80 years, it was not just the body of the British …

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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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George North disciplined but will see out season with Northampton

• Wales winger punished for missing training before Sale game• North will be available for Saints’ final five gamesThe Northampton wing George North has been “disciplined internally” after missing a training session – but he will see out the season wit…

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John Hardie back in Scotland squad to face Ireland after three-month ban

• ‘He has had time off, been helped and focus now is on rugby’• Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson give boost to IrelandAs Scotland look to end a wretched sequence of results outside Murrayfield in the Six Nations, they have called up the flanker John Ha…

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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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Harry Mallinder’s career depends on finding best role, say Northampton

• England youngster has played at 10, 12 and 15 for Saints• Alan Gaffney: ‘We’ve got to work out what is best for Harry’Harry Mallinder, one of the eight uncapped members of England’s Six Nations squad, risks having his career “destroyed” if he is not …

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Owen Farrell orchestrates Saracens romp against Northampton

• Saracens 62-14 Northampton Saints• Farrell kicks 27 points to boost Saracens’ quarter-finals pushSaracens could not have asked for more in their attempt to squeeze into the Champions Cup quarter-finals through the back door – racking up yet another h…

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Jacobus Reinach try seals Northampton comeback against Clermont Auvergne

• Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne• Saints trailed French opponents by five points at half-timeThe revival continues. Northampton’s hopes in Europe have long gone, along with most of the dignity they bore into this season, but they have salvaged wha…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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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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Revitalised Northampton give winning start to Alan Gaffney against Gloucester

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester • New coach says victory after 11 defeats means ‘the monkey is off our back’Alan Gaffney’s focus on his first week in charge of a Northampton side that had endured 11 successive defeats in the Premiership and European Cha…

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Ken Pisa inspires Northampton to sink Gloucester and end losing streak

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester• Alan Gaffney oversees end to Saints’ 11-match winless runWhen Northampton last played Gloucester they were top of the Premiership but defeat at Kingsholm at the beginning of October marked the start of an 11-match losing…

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Alan Gaffney leads charge of the old guard as Northampton battle begins

Saints’ 71-year-old interim coach will need all his experience to reverse slide and justify club’s decision to overlook bright young English candidatesThe wise old owl is enjoying a revival. Alan Gaffney, Alan Solomons and Jacques Brunel were all appoi…