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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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Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins warns Saracens may suffer Twickenham hangover

Co-captain says European Champions Cup quarter-final next Saturday could resound to impact of Scotland’s stunning Six Nations fightback against EnglandGlasgow have not beaten Saracens in five attempts in the European Cup, but after last week’s astonish…

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Will Skelton double inspires Saracens to comeback win over Harlequins

• Saracens 27-20 Harlequins• Quins lose further ground after surrendering 11-point leadComebacks are all the rage at the moment. This might not have been the overturning of a 31-point lead, but if a response to adversity is the mark of a champion side,…

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Premiership must publish the salaries and remove the ambiguity | Ugo Monye

Talk of circumventing the salary cap is nothing new and what top-flight rugby union needs is opennessThis is a timely week for the salary cap controversy to erupt because it brings back memories of what happened when England last played Italy at Twicke…

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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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Sean Maitland double inspires Saracens to convincing win over Northampton

• Saracens 36-17 Northampton• Saints pay price for fielding a back division of youngstersAt the best of times, it pays not to go to Saracens the week after they have been beaten. Northampton need to be particularly careful, there being something about …

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David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership

• Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety,…

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Maro Itoje commits future to Saracens with new deal until 2022

• England forward says he is ‘pleased to stay’• Itoje had been linked with HarlequinsSaracens have confirmed Maro Itoje has signed a new deal until 2022. The England forward’s current contract at the Premiership champions was due to expire next summer …

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Maro Itoje commits future to Saracens with new deal until 2022

• England forward says he is ‘pleased to stay’• Itoje had been linked with HarlequinsSaracens have confirmed Maro Itoje has signed a new deal until 2022. The England forward’s current contract at the Premiership champions was due to expire next summer …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Dan Robson’s display is silver lining for Wasps, Tadhg Beirne outmuscles Exeter while Saracens look Leinster’s biggest threatDan Robson’s performance for Wasps was one of the few shining lights on what was a difficult day for the home side, even if the…

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Saracens into Champions Cup last eight as top seeds after beating Glasgow

• Pool 3: Saracens 38-19 Glasgow• Form of Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola gives England a liftOn the day Saracens announced the latest blow for England with the loss of Owen Farrell, they duly gave English rugby the sort of fillip only they are qualified…

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Owen Farrell thumb injury deals blow to England’s Six Nations preparations

• England co-captain requires surgery on tendon • ‘He should be back in seven to 10 days,’ says McCallEngland’s preparations for the Six Nations have been dealt a grievous blow by a thumb injury to Owen Farrell. The England captain was announced on Fri…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Champions Cup weekend action

Ross Byrne dominates for Leinster, Exeter can still make progress, and Maro Itoje returns for Saracens who stay on topThere is no stopping Leinster, that defeat at Toulouse proving a blip, and they will surely be too powerful for Wasps when the champio…

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Saracens win in Lyon to guarantee place in Champions Cup quarter-finals

• Lyon 10-28 Saracens• Bonus-point win secures qualification for away sideSaracens became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals with a bonus point victory over Lyon and they will secure the position of top seeds if they defeat Glasgow at All…

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Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forging a winning partnership

Poppy and Bryony Cleall have played together – and against each other – since the age of six and this weekend will be side by side in a top-of-the-table clashAs kids, Poppy and Bryony Cleall always sat back-to-back when they were unwrapping their birth…

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Billy Vunipola at a loss about how to stop rise of brutal rugby’s big beasts

• England and Saracens No 8 says game is tougher than ever• ‘Sometimes you just have to run over or through people’Billy Vunipola has warned that rugby union is more brutal than ever but admits he does not know how the sport can fix the problem.The Sar…

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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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Owen Farrell: ‘Confidence can be elusive – you don’t know you’ve lost it’

The England and Saracens fly-half on how a degree course has helped him examine his mistakes and become calmer on the pitch“The thing I liked about it most,” Owen Farrell says, “was having a look at yourself and what you’re doing. Seeing and understand…

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David Strettle ensures Saracens are back to winning ways against Worcester

• Saracens 25-17 Worcester• Ben Te’o scores try on first start for WarriorsSaracens return to winning ways but without the emphatic response they would have wanted. A failure to claim a bonus point means they stay in second place behind Exeter going in…