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Stuart Hogg inspires Exeter’s victory in all-England encounter at Sale

• Sale 20-22 Exeter• Tom Curry shown yellow card in Sale defeatThis is proving a distinctly mixed season for English clubs in Europe but the unbeaten Exeter Chiefs are still flying the flag. In front of the watching national head coach, Eddie Jones, th…

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The Breakdown | Kidney and Boyd show coaches are worth weight in gold in Premiership

The salary cap and CVC cash have turned the league on its head, putting an emphasis on who gets most out of playersWhen Bristol took on London Irish at Ashton Gate on Sunday, it was the first time the two clubs had met in the Premiership for 10 years. …

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Truncated tour of South Africa removes last vestige of romance from Lions | Robert Kitson

Eight-match schedule signals end of the midweek dirt-tracker and the Premiership’s refusal to help is hugely depressingEvery four years the British & Irish Lions unveil a tantalising tour schedule and invite thousands of supporters to sign up for t…

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Warren Gatland wants Premiership final moved to accommodate Lions in 2021

• Lions set to release schedule for 2021 South Africa tour• Barbarians game at Twickenham hinges on PRL playing ballThe British & Irish Lions are poised to announce the schedule for their eight?match tour to South Africa in 2021 but a proposed warm…

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Trouble for Premiership big beasts shows money no guarantee of success | Robert Kitson

Leicester, Wasps and Bath are traditionally accustomed to the high life but find themselves stuck in the bottom fourIf success in modern rugby union is entirely down to money it has an odd way of showing it. Look no further than the current Premiership…

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Stephen Myler grabs last-gasp draw for 14-man London Irish at Bristol

• Bristol 27-27 London Irish• Irish’s Ollie Hoskins sent off just before half-timeBristol wasted the chance to return to the top of the table when they failed to take advantage of London Irish playing the entire second half a man short after Ollie Hosk…

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Alex Dombrandt returns with interest to help Harlequins beat Gloucester

• Harlequins 23-19 Gloucester• Gloucester rue late Billy Twelvetrees missIt was match Harlequins could ill afford to lose and thanks to Alex Dombrandt’s decisive try and a shocking missed penalty from Billy Twelvetrees they crept to a welcome victory o…

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Northampton back on top as Matt Proctor brace sees off Leicester

• Northampton 36-13 Leicester• All Black Proctor scores twice in the first half-hourThis, rugby’s fiercest derby, has produced some crackling encounters of high drama and intensity. This one will be remembered as little more than an exhibition. Not tha…

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Tom O’Flaherty shines as impressive Exeter Chiefs blow Wasps away

• Exeter 38-3 Wasps• Wing secures bonus-point victoryBetter sides than Wasps would have found life extremely tough in Devon on a cold winter’s afternoon. A cruel wind chilled the bones of players and spectators alike and the visitors, despite a valiant…

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Bristol set sights on trophies not survival after Semi Radradra coup

Hooker Harry Thacker believes something special is happening with the Bears, as shown by the signing of the flying FijianBristol made the rugby world sit up and take notice last week when they announced the marquee signing of Semi Radradra. The thrilli…

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Returning England players help Saracens to much-needed win at Bath

• Bath 12-25 Saracens• Owen Farrell kicks 20 points in first match since World Cup finalEvery league game Saracens play is now a cup final following their 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap but so far their nerve is holding. After a shaky …

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England stars set to return to help Saracens’ Premiership survival bid

• Farrell, Itoje and Billy Vunipola in line for action• Saracens are currently 26 points adrift in leagueOwen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola look set to boost Saracens’ Premiership survival bid with the director of rugby, Mark McCall, revealing…

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Saracens back players’ England roles amid relegation battle says Mark McCall

• Club say they will not let their need for points obstruct England• Six Saracens players started World Cup final in JapanSaracens, attempting to deal with the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in English club history, insist their heavy punishm…

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Eddie Jones warns that England could suffer from Saracens fallout

England coach says players may put club over countryJones: ‘We may have to work to mend relationships’Eddie Jones fears England may feel the fallout from Saracens’ salary cap breach as main sponsors Allianz seek talks with the double winners over conce…

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Saracens drop appeal against £5.4m fine and 35-point Premiership penalty

• Premiership Rugby welcomes club u-turn over appeal• League table will be updated with immediate effectSaracens have dropped their appeal against heavy punishments for breaking the Premiership’s salary cap.The English and European champions have decid…

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Saracens set to drop appeal against fine and points penalty for salary cap breach

• PA Media report: £5.4m fine, 35-point penalty will be imposed• Saracens would be left on -22 points, 26 adrift of LeicesterSaracens are set to drop their planned appeal against a £5.4m fine and a 35-point penalty for a breach of the salary cap, PA Me…

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Dan Thomas’s last-minute try stuns Exeter and puts Bristol on top

• Exeter 17-20 Bristol• Bears recover from being 17 points downBristol completed a remarkable recovery by scoring a last-minute try through their replacement flanker Dan Thomas to beat Exeter 20-17 at Sandy Park and move top of the Premiership. The vis…

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Saracens make Premiership survival a priority over European glory

The under-fire club prepare for more ire from opposing crowds after their reception from Gloucester’s ShedNever mind that Gloucester had lost, the music blaring out in the players’ area after the match included Pink Floyd’s Money with its lines “Think …

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Saracens make Premiership survival a priority over European glory

The under-fire club prepare for more ire from opposing crowds after their reception from Gloucester’s ShedNever mind that Gloucester had lost, the music blaring out in the players’ area after the match included Pink Floyd’s Money with its lines “Think …

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Saracens plead their innocence but rugby union’s whole structure is on trial | Michael Aylwin

The punishment for Nigel Wray’s team has caught many by surprise but it has exposed problems the game facesPioneering darlings of English rugby or hateful cheats? The verdict on Saracens continues to swing to impressively wild extremes, even by the sta…