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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…

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Exeter come up short on the day but the future is theirs to shape | Michael Aylwin

The Chiefs’ defence could not cope with the variety of Saracens’ attacks but the future is rosy for Rob Baxter’s well-run clubThe English champions have been toppled might be one way of looking at this. Another is that Saracens have simply reiterated t…

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Saracens champions again as Chris Wyles leads conquest of Exeter

• Premiership final: Exeter 10-27 Saracens• Two tries from Chris Wyles help Sarries regain crownSaracens regained the Premiership title and secured their sixth trophy in four seasons after outplaying the champions at a hot and humid Twickenham.Saracens…

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Exeter Chiefs v Saracens: Premiership final – live!

Premiership final updates from Twickenham, 3pm BST kick-offSign up to the Breakdown, our weekly rugby union emailAnd feel free to email John or tweet him your thoughts 2.25pm BST One subplot today – it’s Schalk Brits’s final game as a rugby player befo…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Exeter should not be underestimated despite big names of Saracens

Chiefs are the reigning champions and finished top of this season’s table but their disparate squad remains relatively unheraldedScanning the Exeter team list on grand final day is to be reminded of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid being pursued on h…

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Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown

The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against ScarletsThe season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial p…

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Mark McCall tells Alex Sanderson to resist England and stay at Saracens

• Sanderson has been linked with replacing Paul Gustard• McCall says he should be Saracens’ next director of rugbyAlex Sanderson has been urged to stay at Saracens and reject any approach to be England’s next defence coach but his current director of r…

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Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale

The Premiership’s two top clubs have hit peak form at the perfect time for their Twickenham showdown after overwhelming winsMajor finals featuring the competition’s two best teams peaking at precisely the right moment are surprisingly few in number. No…

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Paul Gustard’s move to Harlequins may hurt England’s World Cup preparations

• Gustard to coach Harlequins after England’s South Africa tour• Injury to Wasps’ Jack Willis adds to Jones’s back-row problemsEngland’s World Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil with their defence coach, Paul Gustard, leaving Eddie Jones’s …

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Owen Farrell steers Saracens to Premiership final in blitz over Wasps

• Saracens 57-33 Wasps• Farrell kicks 27 points to back up Saracens’ try spreeNormal service has been resumed. Saracens are back in the Premiership final. The mischievous had wondered whether they were a fading force, surrendering their Premiership tit…

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Maro Itoje says Saracens machine purring again before Wasps semi-final

• England flanker believes Saracens are firing at the right time• Billy Vunipola is back for Premiership showdown with WaspsSaracens have won the second halves of their past four matches by a 149-0 aggregate. Their average scoreline in the same four ga…

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Owen Farrell ready for England’s ‘brilliant tour’ to South Africa

• ‘The key is to be ready for anything,’ says tour captain• Saracens play-off with Wasps still uppermost in Farrell’s mindOwen Farrell is relishing the prospect of England’s summer trip to South Africa. The tour captain took time out of Saracens’ prepa…

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Danny Cipriani turned down French clubs to keep England hopes alive

• Cipriani: ‘I’ve played the game just to play for England’• ‘I am the best version of myself right now,’ says fly-halfPatience has not often been a virtue credited to Danny Cipriani but the Wasps fly-half’s reward for sitting on hefty financial offers…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Saracens step up a gear to cruise past Gloucester as Alex Goode excels

• Saracens 62-12 Gloucester• Home side score 40 points without reply in second halfSaracens are sauntering to the play-offs after yet another second-half siege laid waste to Gloucester. They have now not conceded a second-half point in four matches – i…

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Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson

As the Premiership regular season draws to a close, Wasps, Worcester and Exeter provide three players apieceTwenty-one try assists in 19 games, as well as four tries, reflect the South African’s influence on Wasps’ attacking game. The Springboks are re…