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Chris Boyd eyes chance to break the Saracens-Exeter stranglehold

Premiership’s heavyweight pair seem destined for a Twickenham showdown unless Gloucester or Northampton can spring an upsetThe list of familiar club names absent from the 2018-19 Premiership semi-finals is a clear sign of the times in English rugby. Wa…

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Premiership rugby 2018-19: club-by-club season verdict | Michael Aylwin

Fall of Newcastle reflects brutality of top flight while excellence of Saracens and Exeter continues to set the gold standardThey made Europe with the last kick of what has been an otherwise curious season, but they are used to those at the Rec. Rumour…

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Saracens set the template for what a top-notch rugby club should be | Paul Rees

With community a core value, it is about more than rugby for the kings of Europe and now Premiership play-off contendersWhen Saracens played their first European Cup final, against Toulon in 2014, it was a meeting of two clubs who had approached the ve…

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Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving

Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offe…

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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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Harlequins miss play-off spot as Lang’s late penalty falls agonisingly short

• Wasps 27-25 Harlequins• Late drama as James Lang has chance to give Quins winHome is where the heartache has been for Wasps this season, but it was Harlequins who felt the agony when James Lang’s 50-metre penalty in the last minute, that would have t…

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Northampton hang on to play-off spot despite collapse at dominant Exeter

• Exeter 40-21 Northampton• Northampton finish in top four thanks to Harlequins lossNext week’s Premiership semi-final will involve these same two teams on the exact same stretch of Devon grass and Exeter will surely fancy a similar outcome. The Chiefs…

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Premiership team of the season: Danny Cipriani shows his class | Robert Kitson

South African and Australian talent is to the fore alongside the best of British in Tom Curry, Joe Marler and Henry SladeThe fast-footed Argentinian will be missed when he swaps Devon for Bordeaux this summer: no other player in the league has beaten m…

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Israel Folau’s fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess | Bret Harris

The sacked Wallaby’s test case will prompt a lot of soul-searching about how rugby arrived at this pointThe Israel Folau dispute is set to become a test case for religious freedom in Australia with ramifications that will potentially go way beyond the …

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Dan Robson: ‘The DVT is always going to be something I have to be aware of’

The Wasps scrum-half was preparing to face Scotland when scans revealed a serious medical problemDan Robson was just about to put his boots on when it struck him something was wrong. He had been taken to one side by the England doctor Phil Riley who ut…

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Rory Hutchinson justifies Chris Boyd’s faith as he eyes World Cup

Northampton Saints’ director of rugby saw talent in abundance as well as someone error prone but he has patiently guided him to the verge of the game’s biggest stageThe Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, is full of those Kiwi metaphors that can…

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Israel Folau sacked after panel rules in favour of Rugby Australia

Social media post proves the end for Wallabies starPlayer’s four-year, $4m contract terminatedIsrael Folau sacked – live updatesIsrael Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-ye…

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Saracens confident injured Mako Vunipola will be fit for World Cup

• Loosehead prop tore his hamstring in Champions Cup final• England’s first warm-up match is against Wales on 11 AugustMako Vunipola’s season is over but the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, is confident the loosehead prop will be fit for Engla…

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The Breakdown | Pat Lam: ‘Being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby – it’s a vision’

The former Samoa, Newcastle and Northampton No 8 has worked wonders with the Premiership newcomers who have aimed far higher than mere survival this seasonPat Lam is on the shortlist for the Premiership season’s director of rugby award after steering B…

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The Breakdown | Pat Lam: ‘Being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby – it’s a vision’

The former Samoa, Newcastle and Northampton No 8 has worked wonders with the Premiership newcomers who have aimed far higher than mere survival this seasonPat Lam is on the shortlist for the Premiership season’s director of rugby award after steering B…

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Dylan Hartley will not be rushed back, Northampton tell England

• Hartley hoping to play against Exeter after five months out• Hooker may go to World Cup without competitive game in 2019Dylan Hartley may miss out on the chance to press his World Cup claims before the end of the season with the Northampton director …

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Dean Ryan returns to coaching role after agreeing long-term deal with Dragons

• Ryan to take position as director of rugby with seat on the board• New coach hoping to revive fortunes of the WRU-owned clubDean Ryan will be back in a tracksuit in July when he takes charge of the Dragons in Gwent having spent the past three years w…

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Dean Ryan leaves the RFU to become director of rugby for the Dragons

Ex-Worcester coach will also take a seat on Dragons’ boardRyan leaves role as RFU head of international developmentDean Ryan has been appointed director of rugby for the Dragons in a move that will see him leave his role as the Rugby Football Union’s h…

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England would like Mark McCall but would the coach leave Saracens? | Robert Kitson

A potential successor to Eddie Jones is the Ulsterman who has masterminded his club’s rise to the European summitIt has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In …

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Israel Folau and Australian rugby’s moment of reckoning

A homophobic tweet has exposed deep fault lines running through the dressing room as the team prepares for the World CupAustralian rugby is facing an unprecedented moment of reckoning after star fullback Israel Folau posted a warning on Instagram that …