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Leicester Tigers put up for sale in wake of CVC’s Premiership investment

Peter Tom: CVC investment creates unique opportunityTigers have not won the Premiership title since 2013Leicester Tigers have announced plans to sell the club. The move comes after CVC Capital Partners acquired a minority stake in Premiership Rugby Lim…

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Lions will suffer in South Africa unless Premiership final moved – Gatland

• Final is due on 26 June 2021, one week before Lions’ first match• ‘There’s no doubt there will be some disadvantage,’ says GatlandEngland stars will be at risk of missing out on a place in the 2021 British & Irish Lions Test side in South Africa …

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Saracens’ triumph stiffens Mark McCall’s resolve to rebuff a Test role

‘Dead on their feet’ Sarries stun Exeter and prompt director of rugby to admit, ‘Walking away would be a huge call’When the finale of the domestic rugby season proves more satisfying than the Champions League final and an Anthony Joshua world title fig…

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Jack Nowell injury is a pain for Exeter and a concern for Eddie Jones

• England wing will have scan on injured ankle• ’We can be proud,’ says Exeter’s Rob BaxterJack Nowell will have a scan on his left ankle after limping off 10 minutes before the end of Exeter’s third defeat in a Premiership final to Saracens in four se…

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Saracens show off power and glorious weapons of Premiership at its best | Michael Aylwin

Twickenham showpiece thrills time and again, and it helped that this one featured one of the teams of this or any ageOnce again this grand-final concept repays. There are still those who grumble about it – and there is no doubt the idea of a nine-month…

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Saracens show off power and glorious weapons of Premiership at its best | Michael Aylwin

Twickenham showpiece thrills time and again, and it helped that this one featured one of the teams of this or any ageOnce again this grand-final concept repays. There are still those who grumble about it – and there is no doubt the idea of a nine-month…

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Jamie George try caps stirring comeback as Saracens retain their title

• Exeter 34-37 Saracens• Jack Nowell injury a concern for EnglandSaracens retained the Premiership title and recorded the league and Champions Cup double for the second time since the last World Cup after overcoming an 11-point deficit in the final qua…

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Exeter v Saracens: Premiership rugby union final 2019 – live!

Live updates from Twickenham, kick-off 3pm (BST)Rob Baxter hits back over Exeter playing styleRob Kitson: Saracens juggernaut ready to goFeel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.44pm BST Related: Premiership finalists Exeter have more to offe…

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Saracens juggernaut ready to blast aside Exeter in Premiership final

Maro Itoje’s confidence underlines Saracens’ belief as they attempt to show they are the greatest club side everShould Saracens complete a second domestic and European double in four seasons it will be time to ask a simple question: has English rugby u…

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Exeter determined to do themselves justice against Saracens in final

• Baxter: ‘I look back at that first half with regret’• Exeter face final rematch after last year’s defeatJust as they did last year a black-clad Exeter side will emerge into the bright Twickenham sunshine from the home dressing-room at Twickenham havi…

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Premiership finalists Exeter have more to offer than just their finishing move | Ugo Monye

Rob Baxter’s team have the variety in their attack to carry a significant threat against champions Saracens at TwickenhamExeter have come in for a fair bit of criticism in the last week or two for their supposedly “boring” style of play but I don’t bel…

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‘Open your eyes’: Rob Baxter hits back at Northampton over Exeter playing style

• Director of rugby unhappy at comments from Saints’ Chris Boyd• Joe Marler would make World Cup return in ‘SOS scenario’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit back at accusations his side’s style of play is boring, urging critics to “open you…

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Brad Barritt’s chances of playing for Saracens in Premiership final improve

• Scan on centre’s hamstring shows ‘little bit better’ than feared• Leicester coach Geordan Murphy banned for three gamesSaracens remain hopeful their injured captain, Brad Barritt, could yet be fit for the Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenha…

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Calendar shift may leave rugby union in battle for sporting spotlight | Robert Kitson

Calendar will shift from next season, putting the biggest club games deep into June and up against football and traditional summer sportsNot everyone will be aware that this week is the end of an era. From next season rugby union’s fixture calendar is …

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Exeter Chiefs believe they can make Europe’s finest look second best | Robert Kitson

Saracens will be a formidable barrier but Rob Baxter’s team are capable of overturning last year’s final outcomeIt is easy to see why so many people think this year’s Premiership trophy is destined to remain in north London. Saracens, the holders, are …

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Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton

• Exeter 42-12 Northampton• Clinical Chiefs set up Twickenham date with SaracensNorthampton saw so little of the ball in the opening 20 minutes that their 14-point deficit seemed a minor triumph, yet they would have gone into the break ahead had Cobus …

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Nick Tompkins’ hat-trick leads Saracens past Gloucester and into final

• Saracens 44-19 Gloucester• Replacement caps six-try display from championsThey are the best team in Europe, which means we knew already they are the best team in England. Whether Saracens go on to clinch the relevant gong at Twickenham next Saturday …

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Danny Cipriani aims to keep climbing and lead Gloucester into final

The maverick fly-half could still earn an England World Cup spot if he can help his club to a semi-final victory at SaracensAs he stood clutching his latest prestigious prize, up on the brightly lit stage at the Premiership Rugby Awards in London this …

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Northampton have ‘puncher’s chance’ of upset against Exeter, says Tom Wood

• Northampton recovered from relegation battle to finish fourth• Play-off semi-final rivals Exeter finished top of the PremiershipWhen Northampton lost at home to Newcastle at the beginning of December, they slumped to ninth in the Premiership, three p…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…