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Saracens stung by eight-try Wasps while inspired Sale thrash Leicester

Premiership champions endure painful nightSale move up to second as Yarde scores hat-trickRelegated Saracens were thrashed 60-10 as Wasps demolished the reigning Premiership champions.The hosts played some delightful rugby at the Ricoh Arena to run in …

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Elliot Daly becomes second England player to pledge future to Saracens

• ‘I’ve got no regrets about joining,’ says wing of move from Wasps• England full-back George Furbank relishing Twickenham debutElliot Daly has become the second England player to pledge his future to Saracens, vowing to stick by the disgraced club in …

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Elliot Daly becomes second England player to pledge future to Saracens

• ‘I’ve got no regrets about joining,’ says wing of move from Wasps• England full-back George Furbank relishing Twickenham debutElliot Daly has become the second England player to pledge his future to Saracens, vowing to stick by the disgraced club in …

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Alex Goode’s return inspires doomed Saracens to blow Sale away

• Saracens 36-22 Sale• Full-back shows magic touches for bottom clubSo just the 88 points behind now. Saracens’ great escape had been turning into an interesting narrative, but recent developments in the saga that needs no introduction means they can r…

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Saracens’ Mako Vunipola has no regrets over fateful investment

• House purchase contributed to points deduction• Club were fined £5.36m and will be relegatedMako Vunipola has insisted he has no regrets over his co-investment with the Saracens owner Nigel Wray despite his side’s relegation as a result of the ensuin…

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Saracens’ crisis the worst week of people’s lives, says George | Robert Kitson

England duty offers relief from club’s troubles for hooker and Maro Itoje amid uncertainty over their Championship futureFor the first time a fuller picture is emerging of the anguish, the collective uncertainty and the other tangled emotions felt by t…

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Saracens suffer fresh blow as Allianz decide to end sponsorship of club

Insurance group has been paying Saracens £2m a year Club relegated to Championship following salary breachesAllianz is to end its sponsorship of Saracens and the club’s stadium at the end of the season, the company has announced.The German insurance gr…

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Saracens risk Champions Cup expulsion over fielding ‘ineligible’ player

Troubled Saracens face Lamositele hearing on Friday nightChampions are due to play Leinster in April quarter-finalSaracens’ Champions Cup defence could be under threat after it emerged that prop Titi Lamositele may have been ineligible to play against …

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Saracens docked a further 70 points and chief executive resigns

• Edward Griffiths quits a month after return to club• Points deduction ensures Saracens will finish bottomSaracens have been plunged deeper into turmoil after they were docked a further 70 points to ensure they will finish bottom of the Premiership ta…

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England’s Six Nations plans ‘unaffected by Saracens elephant in room’

• Joe Marler says squad has been open in discussing club’s saga• Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola invited airing of any ‘beef’England’s players insist they have now dealt with the “elephant in the room” despite the latest sanction doled out to Saracens f…

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Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt inspire Harlequins’ thrashing of Saracens

• Harlequins 41-14 Saracens• Dom Morris scores Sarries’ second tryAnd so life begins in a Premiership with relegated champions. This is not the first time Saracens have lost this season, but by the end of this 40-point defeat they looked what they were…

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The sorry tale of Saracens still leaves questions hanging in the air

The Premiership report may have been leaked but we are in the dark about the men in blackThere is nothing like a salary-cap crisis for holding the mirror up to each and every one of us. In a not-dissimilar effect to that of Brexit, our opinions on the …

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Ollie Thorley backs England to rise above Saracens saga in Six Nations

• Eddie Jones’s players gather in Portugal for training camp• ‘When here they’re England players, that’s all that matters’Ollie Thorley is confident the fallout from the Saracens scandal will not affect England’s Six Nations campaign after the squad qu…

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Dyson report deal-by-deal: how Saracens breached the salary cap

We look at how the primary overspends were made following the publication of the keenly awaited reportThe longed-for report into Saracens’ salary-cap misdemeanours is out. Premier Rugby Limited’s release has redacted all mention of any individuals but …

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Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus | Robert Kitson

Lord Dyson’s report lays bare the antipathy between Saracens and the Premiership in a blame game that invites more questions and is set to run and runWe are often told that rugby union, at its heart, is a simple game. Run straight, tackle hard, score m…

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Premiership Rugby investigates amid fury over leaked Saracens report

Full version of salary cap judgment included player namesPremiership Rugby branded leak as ‘unauthorised and reckless’Premiership Rugby plans to investigate the “unauthorised and reckless leak” of an unredacted disciplinary report into Saracens, which …

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The Breakdown | Saracens scandal may spell end of a way of rugby life

The affair has shown the regulations are ineffective as a deterrent and clubs stoke their own inflationary pressuresThe end of an era was how Mark McCall described Saracens’ relegation to the Championship but will it also mark the end of a way of life?…

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England dogged by domestic woes as Six Nations rivals talk up new eras | Robert Kitson

Four of the six sides under new management struck an upbeat note at launch while England grapple with Saracens falloutFive of the teams at the Six Nations launch at a chilly Tobacco Dock in London’s Wapping could be heard talking an upbeat game. Irelan…

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Saracens keen to see publication of long-awaited salary-cap report

• New club chairman Neil Golding releases statement to fans• Premiership Rugby announce preparations to release documentSaracens’ new chairman Neil Golding has called for the independent report that found that the Premiership champions guilty of persis…

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Saracens scandal shatters rugby union’s illusion it ever held the moral high ground | Marina Hyde

Rugby seems to have firm belief in its own probity but has been reminded that, like most elite sport, it is a morality free zoneAt last, some good news out of the Saracens financial doping scandal, as former England wing Ugo Monye declares rugby union …