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Premiership may put two-year halt on relegation to ease clubs’ financial plight

Temporary pause with promotion play-off is being discussed Move would include expansion of division to 14 clubsA halt to relegation for two seasons followed by the introduction of a play?off between the Premiership’s bottom side and the winners of the …

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Covid and dementia leave rugby union fretting over an uncertain future | Paul Rees

The pandemic and pending legal action mean the sport is fractured at the top tier and fearing for the existence of its grassroots levelWhen World Rugby’s chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, launched his re-election campaign a year ago, he said he was excited …

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Premiership Rugby refuses to rule out extending break amid ‘serious concerns’

Talks planned with government before fixtures resumeBreak decided after European competitions postponedPremiership Rugby has refused to rule out extending its mid-season break beyond two weeks with league officials revealing they will hold talks with t…

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Premiership calls off matches for two weeks despite some clubs keen to play

European Cup and Challenge Cup are suspended Six Nations preparations put in further doubtPremiership Rugby announced a two-week break on Monday night in a move that risks the anger of several directors of rugby who wanted to play rearranged league fix…

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Hoskins’ try helps London Irish secure comeback draw with Harlequins

Harlequins 27-27 London IrishHome side led by 12 points with 15 minutes to goNo wonder the growing consensus is that the show must go on. A thrilling weekend of Premiership fixtures was rounded off with a final flourish as Oli Hoskins’ last-gasp try – …

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London Irish keen to get back on the pitch following Covid outbreak

“I would not wish the illness on anyone,” says London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney ahead of return to action against HarlequinsDeclan Kidney knows only too well that Covid-19 can badly affect rugby players, regardless of the perception that th…

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Semi Radradra has the final say as resilient Bristol outclass Exeter

Exeter 7-20 BristolBears top table as Exeter suffer second league loss in a rowBeauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few onlookers would have found this top-of-the-table clash more absorbing than Bath v Wasps the previous evening. All, that is, exc…

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Semi Radradra has the final say as resilient Bristol outclass Exeter

Exeter 7-20 BristolBears top table as Exeter suffer second league loss in a rowBeauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few onlookers would have found this top-of-the-table clash more absorbing than Bath v Wasps the previous evening. All, that is, exc…

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Wasps fight back to win enthralling high-scoring encounter at Bath

Bath 44-52 WaspsCruse and Odogwu score two tries each for WaspsFor those seeking escape from wider troubles, the Rec this Friday night was the place to be – if only anyone had been allowed in. No fewer than 96 points scored, but a riot of running from …

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Wasps fight back to win enthralling high-scoring encounter at Bath

Bath 44-52 WaspsCruse and Odogwu score two tries each for WaspsFor those seeking escape from wider troubles, the Rec this Friday night was the place to be – if only anyone had been allowed in. No fewer than 96 points scored, but a riot of running from …

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The Breakdown | Blackett’s Wasps and Ford’s spiral bombs light up the Premiership

The Premiership’s second youngest coach is making a name for himself, while Leicester are using a high kick with a differenceLee Blackett is a head coach going somewhere and Leicester are on an upward spiral. Two thoughts after last weekend’s Premiersh…

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The Breakdown | Blackett’s Wasps and Ford’s spiral bombs light up the Premiership

The Premiership’s second youngest coach is making a name for himself, while Leicester are using a high kick with a differenceLee Blackett is a head coach going somewhere and Leicester are on an upward spiral. Two thoughts after last weekend’s Premiersh…

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‘Big blow’ as Northampton v Leicester called off after positive Covid tests

Saints outbreak forces postponement of Saturday’s matchEast Midlands derby is fifth game scrapped in two weeksNorthampton’s match against Leicester is the latest Premiership fixture to be cancelled because of Covid-19 following an outbreak among the Sa…

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Worcester director gives backing to ringfencing of Premiership this season

Alan Solomons highlights impact of rising Covid casesNorthampton’s match against Leicester in doubtAlan Solomons, the Worcester director of rugby, believes the recent crop of cancellations in the Premiership because of players testing positive for Covi…

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George Ford helps complete Leicester comeback in victory over Bath

Leicester 36-31 BathFord scores 21 points in Leicester’s second league win of seasonLeicester’s head coach Steve Borthwick was watching the match at home on television having had to isolate. He would have been tempted to reach for the off button at the…

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Josh Beaumont’s late try seals Sale’s scrappy comeback win at Gloucester

Gloucester 19-22 SaleBeaumont marks return from 14-month injury with decisive tryJosh Beaumont marked his return from a 14-month injury lay-off with the decisive try two minutes from time to give Sale a welcome first win since Steve Diamond’s departure…

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James Gaskell’s double sets Wasps on way to inflicting Exeter’s first defeat

Wasps 34-5 ExeterSimon McIntyre and James Gaskell score two tries eachWasps gained a measure of revenge for last October’s Premiership final defeat by inflicting the first defeat of the season on Exeter with James Gaskell, chosen out of position in the…

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Joe Launchbury hopes physicality can power Wasps and bring Lions chance

Wasps’ head coach Lee Blackett said his captain is ‘in the form of his career’ and can catch Warren Gatland’s eye for a call-upIn a manner entirely in keeping with his character, Joe Launchbury quietly re-established himself as a member of Eddie Jones’…

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Charles Piutau and Siva Naulago help Bristol end Newcastle’s unbeaten start

Bristol 29-17 NewcastleGeorge Kloska try caps bonus-point victory Newcastle are the early surprise of a strange season. They started the round second behind Exeter, winning their first three matches before being awarded the fourth and they were unfortu…

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Charles Piutau and Siva Naulago help Bristol end Newcastle’s unbeaten start

Bristol 29-17 NewcastleGeorge Kloska try caps bonus-point victory Newcastle are the early surprise of a strange season. They started the round second behind Exeter, winning their first three matches before being awarded the fourth and they were unfortu…