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Saracens top table after cruising to emphatic victory over Gloucester

• Saracens 38-15 Gloucester• Maro Itoje scores twice as home side overtake ExeterMaro Itoje scored two tries as Saracens issued a statement of intent in their Gallagher Premiership title defence by dismantling Gloucester 38-15 and moving top of the tab…

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Richard Wigglesworth: ‘We’ve a good product, that wasn’t always the case’

As he sets a record for appearances, Saracens’ No 9 tells how much the Premiership has improved since his debut in 2002When Richard Wigglesworth made his Premiership debut England were months away from winning the World Cup, Sir Clive Woodward was stil…

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Danny Cipriani faces Owen Farrell but his real England rival is George Ford

Cipriani’s Gloucester meet Farrell’s Saracens on Sunday but Ford is the man the man standing between the 30-year-old and a recall by Eddie JonesA montage on the wall of the Gloucester team room at their Hartpury training base is centred around the acro…

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Saracens’ Mark McCall wants solution to ‘complicated’ high-tackle situation

• Saracens director of rugby worried about a spate of red cards• Club have introduced special high-tackle training drillsThe Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, has suggested the introduction of a sanction in between yellow and red cards as a poss…

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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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David Strettle’s late tries a bonus for Saracens at Northampton

• Northampton 27-38 Saracens• Saints giant wing makes instant impactMuch was made in the build-up of the size of Northampton’s Australian international wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, but even approaching 20st he was no heavier than the four defeats the Saint…

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Billy Vunipola: ‘A lot of people still have injuries and try to hide it’

The England forward reflects on his fitness struggles and rugby’s problem with players masking their own physical painBilly Vunipola has a reputation as one of the most disarmingly honest players around, but even by his standards his latest admission i…

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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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Niki Goneva’s light touch sparks a debate on what is cheating in sport | Paul MacInnes

The Newcastle wing’s sleight of hand has left some lost in admiration and others criticalIt’s hard to deceive 13 adults at once. It’s not impossible either; practise your sleight of hand sufficiently, or pick the right bus at the right febrile politica…

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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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Saracens beat gritty Newcastle as Alex Lewington scores twice on debut

• Newcastle 21-32 Saracens• Falcons’ Niki Goneva sees try controversially disallowedIt may be the start of a brand new season but for Newcastle this was a particularly frustrating case of deja vu. To describe the Falcons’ historic success rate against …

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Saracens beat gritty Newcastle as Alex Lewington scores twice on debut

• Newcastle 21-32 Saracens• Falcons’ Niki Goneva sees try controversially disallowedIt may be the start of a brand new season but for Newcastle this was a particularly frustrating case of deja vu. To describe the Falcons’ historic success rate against …

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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 clubs turn on academy tap in bid to cut wage bills

• Record number of young players given first-team chance• Saracens have 30 academy players in senior squadPremiership clubs are promoting a record number of academy graduates to first-team squads as part of a drive to cut wage levels and end the persis…

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‘The market is very difficult’ : Premiership clubs battling for sustainability | Paul Rees

Over the 21 years since its inception the Premiership has attracted good crowds but player wages are eating up revenue The new Premiership season kicks off at Ashton Gate on Friday night when promoted Bristol meet Bath. The clubs are run by the two ric…

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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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Owen Farrell tips ‘brilliant’ Dylan Hartley to resume England captaincy

• Fly-half says Hartley did an ‘unbelievable job’ before injury• Hooker has not played for England since the Six NationsOwen Farrell has given Dylan Hartley a ringing endorsement to resume the England captaincy after the Saracens fly-half assumed the r…

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Mako Vunipola: ‘What has pleased me most is playing so many games‘

After a gruelling year the Saracens prop should be resting but instead is off to South Africa for England’s three-Test seriesA year ago this weekend Mako Vunipola was on the Lions’ bench for the opening match of their New Zealand tour and was pressed i…

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Mark McCall hails England contingent after Saracens lift title | Robert Kitson

The director of rugby saw key players peak at the right time to overcome Exeter Chiefs and praised Mako Vunipola for a brilliant displaySaracens are accustomed to consistent success but, even by their high standards, their fourth Premiership title in s…