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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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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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Rob Baxter warns Exeter players over social media dangers

• Coach speaks after Folau and Billy Vunipola’s Instagram posts• Baxter warns players of ‘making a statement about yourself’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has reminded his players about their responsibilities on social media in the wake of con…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Newcastle forward Calum Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

• Second row could be banned for rest of the season• Worcester ban supporter under police investigationNewcastle, who are at the bottom of the Premiership despite winning their last three matches, face losing their second row Calum Green for the rest o…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Toby Flood helps Newcastle to vital win but Sale make biting claim

• Newcastle 22-17 Sale• Sharks’ hooker Rob Webber alleges he was bittenIt was difficult to put a price on this victory for Newcastle. In an increasingly tight and congested relegation picture, Dean Richards’s men have little margin for error if they ar…

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Bath’s Rhys Priestland shows precision with boot to sink Saracens

• Bath 18-9 Saracens• Sale thrash Leicester 32-5 after Kalamafoni dismissalBath’s fly-half, Rhys Priestland, kicked six penalties as his side finally managed to hold on to a lead to topple second-placed Saracens 18-9 in the Gallagher Premiership on Fri…

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Exeter’s Sean Lonsdale fends off Sale as Joe Ford kicks Leicester past Wasps

• Sale 14-20 Exeter; Leicester 19-14 Wasps• Lonsdale comes off bench to seal win for league leadersExeter remain top of the Gallagher Premiership as the Chiefs provided a hammer-blow to Sale Sharks’ top-four ambitions following a 20-14 triumph at the A…

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Sale delight in ensuring Billy Vunipola’s Saracens comeback ends in defeat

• Sale 24-18 Saracens• Faf de Klerk outstanding as hosts get under visitors’ skinPerhaps something is beginning to stir at Sale after all. On a night when the Saracens forward Billy Vunipola marked his comeback from injury with a well-taken opening try…

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Sale delight in ensuring Billy Vunipola’s Saracens comeback ends in defeat

• Sale 24-18 Saracens• Faf de Klerk outstanding as hosts get under visitors’ skinPerhaps something is beginning to stir at Sale after all. On a night when the Saracens forward Billy Vunipola marked his comeback from injury with a well-taken opening try…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond draws line under post-match row with journalist

• Director of rugby says focus is on facing Saracens: ‘We move on’• No RFU probe into fracas as Sam Peters opts not to complainSale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, has drawn a line under his post-match confrontation with a journalist at the weekend…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond avoids hearing over altercation with journalist

• Director of rugby confronted Sam Peters at Gloucester• RFU received no complaint from Sunday Times reporterSteve Diamond will not face a disciplinary hearing after confronting a journalist at the end of Sale’s victory at Gloucester on Saturday and in…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond embroiled in media fracas after win at Gloucester

• Gloucester 15-30 Sale• Diamond invites journalist outside and takes recording deviceNo sooner had he exhorted his charges to their first away win in the Premiership this season, than Steve Diamond became involved in a fracas with a member of the pres…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

How long can Worcester allow Ben Te’o to twiddle his thumbs in the stand, could a rare defeat now galvanise Saracens and Sale would surely love Robert du Preez to stay onWorcester’s marquee player, Ben Te’o, got no closer to the pitch than the stand de…

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Joe Cokanasiga crosses late for Bath to restrict bottom club Sale to draw

• Bath 7-7 Sale• Cokanasiga try in closing stages denies basement club victoryEngland wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to secure an unlikely 7-7 draw for Bath just when it seemed Gallagher Premiership bottom club Sale would leave a rain-sodden Rec with …

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Chris Ashton: ‘Going away to spend the year in France really helped me’

The wing last played for England five seasons ago but could make a comeback against South AfricaFew England players have known such highs and lows as Chris Ashton. Either he is airborne over a try-line somewhere or else wondering why things have gone s…