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Jamie George’s late try seals victory for Saracens over Cardiff Blues

• Cardiff 14-26 Saracens• Owen Farrell on form with two conversions and four penaltiesA year ago this weekend, Saracens slumped to their seventh successive defeat, a run so out of kilter with the norm it was like going back in time to find Henry VIII s…

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…

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Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson

Saracens apart, English sides are finding success in the Champions and Challenge Cups harder and harder to come by and the reason may lie in the mindWalking through the riot-scarred streets of Paris on Sunday evening was to be reminded Europe has more …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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Ben Earl leads Saracens’ comeback to defeat Cardiff and extend unbeaten run

• Saracens 51-25 Cardiff Blues• Premiership champions extend unbeaten run after early scareBen Earl came off the bench to inspire a second-half turnaround as Saracens survived a scare from Cardiff Blues to record an emphatic 51-25 bonus-point victory i…

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Cardiff’s Nick Williams: ‘Going on this long must be to do with my genes’

In an age of early retirements the 35-year-old Blues No 8 has already outlasted most modern players, and he isn’t finished yetNick Williams turned 35 last Sunday. As he drew breath to extinguish the candles on his cake, the Cardiff Blues No 8 marvelled…

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Maro Itoje suffers injury blow as Six Nations campaign looms

• England and Saracens lock has chipped bone in knee• Itoje to miss European double-header against Cardiff BluesMaro Itoje’s participation in England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland has been placed into question by a chipped a bone in his knee. Th…

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Saracens confident Maro Itoje will not be tempted away next summer

• England lock is out of contract at Allianz Park in June• Exeter’s Rob Baxter in no hurry to apply for England jobSaracens are confident Maro Itoje will sign a new deal and disappoint other clubs keen to make him one of the best-paid players in the co…

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Saracens confident Maro Itoje will not be tempted away next summer

• England lock is out of contract at Allianz Park in June• Exeter’s Rob Baxter in no hurry to apply for England jobSaracens are confident Maro Itoje will sign a new deal and disappoint other clubs keen to make him one of the best-paid players in the co…

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Saracens go top of table and stretch unbeaten run with win over Wasps

• Saracens 29-6 Wasps• Wasps overpowered after the breakOne of the Premiership’s runaway leaders falters, the other strides out with a certain inevitability. Saracens go top, the only team left unbeaten, nine from nine. Their unbeaten run in all compet…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Alex Lewington’s late try adds gloss to Saracens’ routine win over Lyon

• Saracens 29-10 Lyon• Maro Itoje opens scoring as Saracens make it two wins from twoThis is no time to be sniffy if you are an Englishman in Europe, so a second win out of two for Saracens, English flag-bearers, is on balance an achievement to celebra…

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Billy Vunipola faces three-month absence after surgery on broken left arm

• Problem for Eddie Jones and England with shortage of No 8s• Mako Vunipola and Nick Isiekwe also injured in win at GlasgowBilly Vunipola, who has started only three of England’s past 19 Tests, will miss the four-match series at Twickenham next month a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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Injury worries for England after Saracens’ bruising win in Glasgow

• Glasgow 3-13 Saracens• Michael Rhodes’ early try puts visitors on path to victoryEddie Jones’s plans for next month’s autumn internationals are in serious danger of being thrown into disarray after Billy and Mako Vunipola were among a host of England…

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Glasgow aim to stun Saracens by hitting the ground running in Europe

Trip to the seaside has Dave Rennie’s side ready to turn the tide in European Champions Cup opener at ScotstounGlasgow spent last week in Largs, a seaside town on the Firth of Clyde, preparing for their opening match of the European Champions Cup on Su…

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Glasgow aim to stun Saracens by hitting the ground running in Europe

Trip to the seaside has Dave Rennie’s side ready to turn the tide in European Champions Cup opener at ScotstounGlasgow spent last week in Largs, a seaside town on the Firth of Clyde, preparing for their opening match of the European Champions Cup on Su…

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European Champions Cup 2018-19: pool-by-pool guide

Can anyone stop Leinster from winning an unprecedented fifth title? Are Exeter equipped for a real challenge? We mark your card for Europe’s top competitionA pool featuring four former winners and 11 titles but it is hard to see anything other than Lei…

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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…