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Billy Vunipola set to miss England’s Six Nations campaign after arm break

• England No 8 fractured forearm playing for Saracens v Ospreys• James Haskell faces suspension after Jamie Roberts tackleEngland have been dealt a hammer blow before the defence of their Six Nations title after it was confirmed that Billy Vunipola has…

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Saracens’ title defence out of their hands after Biggar earns Ospreys draw

• Ospreys 15-15 Saracens• Welsh side can take group with win at Clermont but holders need helpSaracens’ defence of the Champions Cup lies in the hands of others after they lost the lead three times in the second half of a match that was a shoot-out bet…

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Ospreys flying in Europe but wary of Saracens’ revitalised big guns

• Ospreys hope Dan Biggar will be inspired by locking horns with Owen Farrell • ‘It’s a bit David against Goliath,’ says Ospreys coach, Steve TandyFew gave Ospreys a chance of finishing above the bottom of their group, never mind making it through to t…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Liam Williams’s return from injury gives Saracens and Wales a lift

• Saracens to field Liam Williams in key European tie against Ospreys• Williams out of action since injury against Georgia in NovemberLiam Williams is set to make his return from injury in Saracens’ pivotal Champions Cup match against the Ospreys on Sa…

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Billy Vunipola hopes strong Saracens comeback will convince Eddie Jones

• No8 aiming for England’s Six Nations squad after return against Wasps• ‘Injury taught me a lesson about looking after myself – recovery and sleep’Billy Vunipola believes he will be back to his best form in no time after making an eye-catching comebac…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Billy Vunipola stars on return as revitalised Saracens see off Wasps

• Wasps 15-38 Saracens• Boost for England as No8 and team-mate Maro Itoje play key roles after injuryEddie Jones reckons it was a “bad gamble” to rush Billy Vunipola back from injury during the last Six Nations – on this evidence the Saracens No8 is a …

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

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje set to make Saracens return in England boost

• Fit-again pair likely to be in Sarries squad to face Wasps next weekend• They will be joined by Nathan Earle at England’s two-day training campEddie Jones has received a boost before the Six Nations, with the news that Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje a…

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Rejuvenated Saracens score six tries in solid victory over defiant Worcester

• Saracens 46-31 Worcester• Accomplished display takes north London side into second placeSaracens ended a memorable year with their second victory in a week and after a nervous start never looked like losing. But this was not quite as convincing as th…

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Owen Farrell punishes sloppy Leicester to help Saracens stop the rot

• Leicester 17-29 Saracens• Jonny May sees red for hosts after two deliberate knock-onsJonny May’s red card for two deliberate knock-ons ultimately ensured this thrilling if error-riddled encounter ended in Saracens’ favour. Both decisions on May’s tra…

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Saracens’ Mark McCall hungry to escape slump at expense of Leicester

Director of rugby wants seven-match losing streak ended in Premiership fixture against another top club suffering a slump in formSaracens were awarded the freedom of the borough of Barnet last week but there will be no civic reception for them in Leice…

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

Of the five Champions Cup groups, Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend – with one point separating the top three: Bath, Toulon and ScarletsTake nothing away from Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against La Rochelle but the absence of Victo…

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Leicester and Saracens defeats bring Champions Cup pain for English clubs

• Wasps win but as things stand only Bath would reach Europe’s last eight• Late breaks from Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi one of few weekend positivesBack-to-back defeats for Leicester and Saracens on Sunday completed another disappointing weekend for the E…

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Clermont Auvergne inflict seventh straight defeat on Saracens

• Clermont Auvergne 24-21 Saracens• Spedding’s late howitzer of a long-distance penalty secures winIt is hard to imagine two more contrasting rugby occasions than those involving Clermont and Saracens in the past week. The first leg was an icy mismatch…

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Mark McCall calls on Saracens band of brothers to stand firm in tough times

Director of rugby says Saracens ‘want a group that has balls and I think we have it’ before character-testing Champions Cup rematch with Clermont AuvergneMark McCall said after the humbling at home by Clermont Auvergne on Monday that Saracens are a clu…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Nathan Hughes back for Wasps, Northampton make five changes • Jack Nowell returns at Exeter, Manu Tuilagi fit for Leicester v MunsterThe England No8 Nathan Hughes returns from injury on Sunday to make his first start for Wasps since October in a matc…

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Seven steps to redemption for English clubs after Champions Cup wipeout | Robert Kitson

England clubs suffered their worst set of results in European history – but Bath, Leicester, Saracens and Wasps now have chance to lead a reversal of fortunesOK, so it looks bad. Seven European defeats for England’s seven Champions Cup representatives …