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Wage cut row intensifies as Premiership players take legal advice

Players object to 25% reduction in salaryRPA union giving guidance to membersPremiership players have been given legal advice on how to challenge the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed by the clubs as domestic rugby’s row over wage reductions intensified on …

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The Breakdown | Rugby in Wales has survived mass shutdown before and will again

After a religious revival brought rugby to a close in the Principality 116 years ago it returned stronger as it will this time Sport has shut down all over the world as countries look to contain the spread of coronavirus. There was an attempt 116 years…

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Premiership players considering claims for unlawful deduction of wages

Growing player unrest at blanket 25% pay cuts imposedSome players left dismayed by measures taken at clubsPremiership clubs are likely to face claims of unlawful deduction of wages amid growing player unrest at the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed. It is u…

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Premiership could play midweek games and cut break to finish season

Reduced summer break could jeopardise player welfarePremiership suspended until 24 AprilCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coveragePremiership Rugby is considering midweek matches in order to finish the season as well as slashing the le…

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Optimism flows for Premiership despite shutdown’s financial pressure

There are more quesitons than answers for how rugby will resume but top tier clubs are taking necessary action to survive At a time when the domestic season in Europe should be gathering pace, rugby has ground to a halt. There will be no more matches i…

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Michael Fatialofa walking unaided as recovery from spinal injury continues

Worcester lock required surgery after injury in JanuaryFatialofa’s wife posts video of his progress on InstagramThe Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa is able to walk unaided as he continues his recovery from a serious spinal cord injury that required su…

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RFU ends season for all clubs beneath the Premiership due to coronavirus

RFU also in discussions with clubs over Premiership seasonTop-flight clubs weigh up asking players to take 25% pay cutAll rugby in England beneath the Gallagher Premiership has been brought to an end for the season, the Rugby Football Union has announc…

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Northampton Saints worried for staff in self-isolation and over money

One player among quintet self-isolating, CEO revealsFinancial concerns for loss-making club ‘a real challenge’Coronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThe uncertainty and financial pressure caused by the shutdown of all rugby is alrea…

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Northampton Saints worried for staff in self-isolation and over money

One player among quintet self-isolating, CEO revealsFinancial concerns for loss-making club ‘a real challenge’Coronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThe uncertainty and financial pressure caused by the shutdown of all rugby is alrea…

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More questions than answers in rugby union’s land of coronavirus confusion

Rugby union does not have the financial muscle of football and the prolonged shutdown is asking some searching questions of the game’s administratorsThere are far more important things in life than a few weeks or, perhaps, months without rugby. It is g…

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Premiership Rugby suspended for five weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup also suspended‘The safety of our fans and staff is our first priority’The Gallagher Premiership has been suspended for five weeks, next month’s Heineken European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been po…

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Premiership and European rugby prepares for coronavirus shutdown

Length of postponement to be confirmed on MondaySRU announce hardship fund for grassroots clubsPremiership rugby union fixtures are to be postponed with immediate effect because of the coronavirus outbreak with European competitions set to be mothballe…

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Callum Sheedy gives Bristol inspiration for long-awaited league win at Bath

Bath 13-19 BristolUncapped Sheedy eligible for Wales and EnglandWelsh rugby has known more encouraging St David’s Day outcomes than the one which materialised here. Twickenham will be a different ball game on Saturday but a distinguished trio of Wales …

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Last-gasp penalty try gives Harlequins dramatic win over leaders Exeter

• Harlequins 34-30 Exeter• Exeter Chiefs stunned by QuinsChaos at the Stoop, as a fantastic contest concluded at the death with a Harlequins victory. The lead had changed hands throughout, especially in a second half that featured turn after turn. Exet…

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Saracens stung by eight-try Wasps while inspired Sale thrash Leicester

Premiership champions endure painful nightSale move up to second as Yarde scores hat-trickRelegated Saracens were thrashed 60-10 as Wasps demolished the reigning Premiership champions.The hosts played some delightful rugby at the Ricoh Arena to run in …

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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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Alex Goode’s return inspires doomed Saracens to blow Sale away

• Saracens 36-22 Sale• Full-back shows magic touches for bottom clubSo just the 88 points behind now. Saracens’ great escape had been turning into an interesting narrative, but recent developments in the saga that needs no introduction means they can r…

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Saracens docked a further 70 points and chief executive resigns

• Edward Griffiths quits a month after return to club• Points deduction ensures Saracens will finish bottomSaracens have been plunged deeper into turmoil after they were docked a further 70 points to ensure they will finish bottom of the Premiership ta…

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Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt inspire Harlequins’ thrashing of Saracens

• Harlequins 41-14 Saracens• Dom Morris scores Sarries’ second tryAnd so life begins in a Premiership with relegated champions. This is not the first time Saracens have lost this season, but by the end of this 40-point defeat they looked what they were…

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The sorry tale of Saracens still leaves questions hanging in the air

The Premiership report may have been leaked but we are in the dark about the men in blackThere is nothing like a salary-cap crisis for holding the mirror up to each and every one of us. In a not-dissimilar effect to that of Brexit, our opinions on the …