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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…

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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…

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

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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David Strettle’s late tries a bonus for Saracens at Northampton

• Northampton 27-38 Saracens• Saints giant wing makes instant impactMuch was made in the build-up of the size of Northampton’s Australian international wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, but even approaching 20st he was no heavier than the four defeats the Saint…

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

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Northampton up and running as Dylan Hartley try helps beat Harlequins

• Northampton 25-18 Harlequins • Dan Biggar’s accuracy lifts SaintsDylan Hartley gave the watching Eddie Jones some timely encouragement by scoring his first Premiership try since December last year to help Northampton secure their opening win of the n…

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

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …

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Danny Cipriani makes an instant impact as Gloucester take flight against Saints

• Gloucester 27-16 Northampton• Chris Boyd’s new team stumbleThere was never any danger of what happened in Jersey cowing Danny Cipriani. England’s fly-half marked his competitive debut for Gloucester by showing typical virtuosity, influencing the matc…

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Premiership looks like 10 in a scrum plus Saracens and Exeter on top | Robert Kitson

There are sure to be some seriously displeased club owners in the table’s bottom half, given how even the 2018-19 Premiership looks aside from Saracens and ExeterThe Strictly Come Dancing sequins and heels may be absent but in every other respect club …

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Saracens have the look of champions and Bristol can make their mark

Premiership club-by-club guide: Mark McCall’s men and Exeter may lead the way again but Worcester could face a hard winterDirector of rugby Todd Blackadder Continue reading…

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‘The market is very difficult’ : Premiership clubs battling for sustainability | Paul Rees

Over the 21 years since its inception the Premiership has attracted good crowds but player wages are eating up revenue The new Premiership season kicks off at Ashton Gate on Friday night when promoted Bristol meet Bath. The clubs are run by the two ric…

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Premiership finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all Premiership clubs and what the figures say about their health. Wasps led the way in turnover but spiralling wages cause concernFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 12 clubs that were in the Premiership during 2016-17. All …

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Chris Boyd’s influence could extend beyond shaking up the Saints

Fresh approach of Northampton’s new coach may inspire others to speed up the pace of change in the PremiershipThere have been some eye-catching additions to the Premiership this summer, even if the clubs have generally avoided splurging as they grapple…

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Dylan Hartley excited by fresh approach of new Northampton coach

• England captain made peace with missing South Africa tour• Hooker says he is enjoying learning from Chris BoydDylan Hartley expects to start the season with Northampton after taking the summer off to recover from concussion and the England captain is…

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James Haskell clears DJ decks for new lease of life with Northampton

The flanker has rejoined England’s fold after missing out for the summer tour of South Africa and used some of his downtime to play a DJ set to 4,000 farmers in BlackpoolJames Haskell was too busy honing his deejaying skills to worry about regaining hi…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…

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Ben Foden will leave Northampton and look to start a ‘new chapter’ abroad

England international will make 250th appearance on SaturdayFoden understood to be in Major League Rugby talksThe former England full-back Ben Foden is to bring down the curtain on his decade-long association with Northampton to commence a “new chapter…

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Mallinder’s Northampton downfall has parallels with Wenger | Paul Rees

Northampton’s former director of rugby and Arsenal’s departing manager became tactically stale during their long reigns. Continued success comes down to regenerationLongevity has come up short. Last week’s announcement that Arsène Wenger would leave Ar…

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George North finally plumps for move to Ospreys from next season

• Northampton and Lions wing to move on after five years• Gloucester must wait for Challenge Cup confirmationIt took him five months to make up his mind but the British & Irish Lions wing George North will be joining Ospreys next season after signi…

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George North finally plumps for move to Ospreys from next season

• Northampton and Lions wing to move on after five years• Gloucester must wait for Challenge Cup confirmationIt took him five months to make up his mind but the British & Irish Lions wing George North will be joining Ospreys next season after signi…