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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…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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Kyle Eastmond try helps Leicester pin Sale to the bottom of Premiership

• Leicester 19-15 Sale• George Ford’s kicks prove decisiveLeicester kept Sale Sharks pinned to the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership after claiming an unconvincing victory at Welford Road. The Tigers avoided a third successive league defeat thanks to…

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Sale captain Jono Ross: it’s far too early to talk about relegation

• Bottom side focused on Leicester rather than table• Ross: ‘There are no weak teams in the Premiership’It may be too early in the season to describe Sunday’s meeting of Leicester and Sale at Welford Road as an eight-pointer but with the Manchester clu…

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

Kiwi coaches deliver a very British contest, Joe Marler left to count his blessings, and the amazing jet-set Willie le RouxTwo New Zealand coaches presided over an old-school British game in which the set pieces shaped the outcome. Todd Blackadder is i…

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

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Alex Cuthbert’s first try helps Exeter overcome Sale for best start

• Exeter 35-18 Sale• Chiefs secure third straight try bonus-pointAlex Cuthbert’s first try for Exeter made sure of a third straight bonus-point victory in what is now the Chiefs’ best start to a Premiership season.Tom Lawday added a fifth score late on…

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

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …

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Marcus Smith lands 26 points for Harlequins as Sale are shredded

• Harlequins 51-23 Sale• Tom Curry injured in heavy defeatHarlequins’ new era under Paul Gustard is off to a flying start after 26 points and a commanding performance from Marcus Smith were enough to put Sale to the sword. There were some elements to Q…

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Sale’s Tom Curry: ‘You can’t train like Tarzan and play like Jane’

The young England flanker has a straight-shooting attitude and a clear vision of what need to be done on the fieldFor years it has been the missing link in English rugby union. National coaches have been searching for a reliably fit, energetic, top-cla…

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Premiership looks like 10 in a scrum plus Saracens and Exeter on top | Robert Kitson

There are sure to be some seriously displeased club owners in the table’s bottom half, given how even the 2018-19 Premiership looks aside from Saracens and ExeterThe Strictly Come Dancing sequins and heels may be absent but in every other respect club …

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Saracens have the look of champions and Bristol can make their mark

Premiership club-by-club guide: Mark McCall’s men and Exeter may lead the way again but Worcester could face a hard winterDirector of rugby Todd Blackadder Continue reading…

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Premiership finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all Premiership clubs and what the figures say about their health. Wasps led the way in turnover but spiralling wages cause concernFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 12 clubs that were in the Premiership during 2016-17. All …

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…

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Chris Ashton’s England recall in doubt after seven-week ban for tip tackle

• Sale player banned by RFU for incident in pre-season friendly• Eligible for only one game before Eddie Jones names squadChris Ashton’s hopes of winning an England recall this autumn have been dealt a hammer blow after he was hit on Thursday night wit…