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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…

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Sarah Hunter try double earns England women landmark win over France

France 10-20 EnglandRed Roses win in France for first time since 2012Sarah Hunter scored two tries as England beat France 20-10 in Clermont, earning their first win in France since 2012 and laying down a marker for the Women’s Six Nations.Simon Middlet…

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Jamie Shillcock atones for error at Harlequins to give Worcester victory

• Harlequins 14-19 Worcester• Visitors fight back from half-time deficit to winIf patience in English rugby has been tested of late, this was the kind of experience to make a fan wonder why they bother. Relentless boshing, relentless rain, but at least…

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Jamie Shillcock atones for error at Harlequins to give Worcester victory

• Harlequins 14-19 Worcester• Visitors fight back from half-time deficit to winIf patience in English rugby has been tested of late, this was the kind of experience to make a fan wonder why they bother. Relentless boshing, relentless rain, but at least…

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Jamie Shillcock atones for error at Harlequins to give Worcester victory

• Harlequins 14-19 Worcester• Visitors fight back from half-time deficit to winIf patience in English rugby has been tested of late, this was the kind of experience to make a fan wonder why they bother. Relentless boshing, relentless rain, but at least…

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Saracens shake off salary cap taunts as Ben Earl punishes Gloucester

• Gloucester 12-21 Saracens• Home fans wave fake £50 notes at Saracens playersA section of supporters in the Shed shouted insults and waved fake £50 notes as Saracens took the field, but money did not talk as loudly as Richard Wigglesworth whose calm a…

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Eddie Jones should take England to 2023 World Cup, says Chris Robshaw

• 2015 captain says future of young England side is ‘very bright’• Harlequins captain calls for English improvement in EuropeChris Robshaw believes Eddie Jones should take England to the 2023 World Cup in France, where he expects at least two-thirds of…

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Sports quiz of the week: comebacks, knockouts and cock-ups

Who travels well? Who missed their mark? Who won again?Nicola Adams retired from boxing this week due to concerns over her eyesight. Which of these statements about Adams is not true?She worked as a builder before boxing She has worked as an extra on E…

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Gloucester fear backlash after Saracens’ salary cap points deduction

• Ackermann says opponents ‘will be a desperate side’• Saracens handed 35-point deduction and £5m fineGloucester head coach Johan Ackermann expects a backlash from Saracens and thinks his side are unlucky to be facing them after a dramatic week.Saracen…

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Emily Scarratt focuses on France after whirlwind week and world award | Emma John

After a 12,000-mile round trip to Japan where she was named world player of the year, England’s totemic centre gets back to work on Saturday – with the 2021 World Cup a longer-term goalThe England centre Emily Scarratt is one of the best readers of pla…

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‘Rugby’s LeBron James’: Toronto confirm Sonny Bill Williams signing

$10m, two-year deal is the biggest in Super League history‘Comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy’Super League side Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed the signing of cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams on a two-year contract worth an estimated …

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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Hypocrisy is in the air as Premiership rivals turn their backs on Saracens | The Breakdown

The English champions have been left isolated by this week’s verdict, but there are mitigating factors and they do not deserve the tag of Premiership villainsSaracens have never courted popularity, but they have never been more isolated than now. Their…

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Hypocrisy is in the air as Premiership rivals turn their backs on Saracens | The Breakdown

The English champions have been left isolated by this week’s verdict, but there are mitigating factors and they do not deserve the tag of Premiership villainsSaracens have never courted popularity, but they have never been more isolated than now. Their…

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Northampton not giving up on comeback for injured Dylan Hartley

• Director of rugby denies reports that player is to retire• Former England captain still hopes to return to actionNorthampton have not given up hope of former England captain Dylan Hartley playing for them again but cannot put a date on the hooker’s r…

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VAR celebrations, ice-hockey genius and a cat’s NFL touchdown | Classic YouTube

Also featuring a Nicola Adams tribute, Emily Scarrat being brilliant at rugby and FA Vase scenes1) The yin and yang of goal celebrations: none more modern than this one, from Brazil, in which the Santos forward Marinho mimics a VAR check after scoring …