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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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Lima Sopoaga: ‘Losing can affect players. I take it all quite personally’

The former All Black candidly admits that filling Danny Cipriani’s boots at Wasps has not always been easyLima Sopoaga is not the first All Black – and will not be the last – to take time to adjust to his new surroundings. Gazing out of the window at t…

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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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Even Leicester are not free from the threat of relegation this winter | Paul Rees

Saracens and Exeter are on their own at the top of the Premiership but at the bottom things are hotting upPremiership clubs are swelled this weekend by the return of their international players, most of whom are thrust straight back into action in a se…

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Christian Wade retires from rugby union and Danny Cipriani gets three-week ban

• Wasps wing retires ‘for personal reasons’ amid NFL link• Gloucester fly-half banned after high tackle on Rory ScannellWasps have released their England wing Christian Wade from his contract so he can attempt to break into American football.Wade, whos…

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Coventry City face homeless future after Sisu’s litigious aggression | David Conn

The hedge fund owner Sisu has alienated city council and Wasps with failed court challenges and there is no agreement in place for the League One club to play anywhere next seasonPerhaps there are two ways to view the plight of proud, 135-year-old Cove…

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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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Bath’s Alex Davies misses late penalty in a 10-try draw with Wasps

• Wasps 35-35 Bath• Todd Blackadder’s Bath fail to gain vital win in Pool OneBath want to replay last week’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse and their owner, Bruce Craig, would doubtless love this result to be amended as well. On balance neither side …

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Christian Wade set for shock Wasps exit in a bid to play in the NFL

• Wing is one of the most prolific try-scorers in Premiership• Wade has struggled to make an impact for EnglandChristian Wade appears set for a remarkable career change to American football after it emerged he is leaving Wasps to pursue a future in the…

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Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes

• The Wasps forward has been banned for six weeks• Hughes will miss three of England’s internationalsThe Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, has described Nathan Hughes’s six-week ban – which rules him out of three of England’s four autumn internationa…

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England’s Nathan Hughes suspended for six weeks after ‘what a joke’ tweet

Wasps No 8 will miss three of England’s four internationalsHughes punished for punching an opponent and ill-timed tweet Nathan Hughes has been suspended for six weeks and is unavailable for three of England’s four autumn internationals next month after…

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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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Luke McGrath shines as Leinster romp to runaway win over Wasps

• Leinster 52-3 Wasps• McGrath and James Lowe score two tries eachEven by their usual high standards Leinster could not have launched their defence of the Champions Cup in more emphatic style. This runaway eight-try win over a depleted Wasps represente…

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Nathan Hughes in dark over England future after delay in disciplinary case

• Hughes’ hearing for punching mysteriously postponed• Wasps’ No 8 faces being banned for autumn internationalsNathan Hughes must wait up to a week to find out if he can play any part in England’s autumn series after his disciplinary hearing for punchi…

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Nathan Hughes could miss England’s autumn campaign after citing for punch

• Wasps No 8 cited for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow• Dan Robson and Joe Launchbury also fitness doubtsNathan Hughes is facing the prospect of being suspended for all of England’s autumn internationals campaign after he was cited for punching Lewi…

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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…

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Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani returns to haunt Wasps and sets up spectacular try

• Wasps 21-35 Gloucester• Cipriani scores 15 points as Gloucester earn bonus-point winIt could not have been any other way. Danny Cipriani returned to the club that let him go, now king of the one who took him in, and masterminded that rarest of phenom…

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

The high-scoring extravaganzas should be enjoyed while they last but it seems nobody will get anywhere near the top twoWe know it will not last once the winter bites, but this has been quite the September if a points frenzy is your thing. This match wa…

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Lima Sopoaga snatches thrilling late win for Wasps over Newcastle

• Newcastle 22-23 Wasps• Wasps fight back from 22-13 behindA late Lima Sopoaga penalty snatched a 23-22 victory for Wasps at Kingston Park. The Falcons led 15-13 at half time and then 22-13 when Johnny Williams grabbed his second try, but a scorching 6…