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Succession of injuries take shine off Wasps’ victory over Exeter

• Wasps 13-7 Exeter Chiefs• Marcus Watson scores home side’s try as champions are defeatedIt was every bit as tight as last season’s Premiership final between these clubs when the Chiefs triumphed in added time and Wasps had to dig deep to avenge that …

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Wasps’ James Haskell ready to take pay cut to extend England career

• Flanker targets ‘pot of gold’ at 2019 World Cup in Japan• 32-year-old says priority is to remain in PremiershipJames Haskell said he will happily take a pay cut to extend his England career as far as the 2019 World Cup, insisting that he considers th…

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Wasps will not renew James Haskell’s contract at end of the season

• England career in limbo after club announcement• Former captain considering options for next termJames Haskell’s England career is in limbo after Wasps confirmed the back-row forward would leave the Aviva Premiership club this summer.Haskell wants to…

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

Saracens became the only Premiership club to gain a European Champions Cup quarter-final place, Scarlets were the comeback kids and injuries made grim viewing for GatlandWasps must be kicking themselves for their late capitulation at Harlequins the pre…

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Danny Cipriani: ‘I’ve had talks with a French club but nothing’s decided yet’

The Wasps fly-half has had an up-and-down career but, 10 years on from his England debut, he is excited about the next chapter … wherever that may be‘I’ve had enough heartsore moments but the one thing about me that people can’t question is my resilien…

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Wasps’ James Haskell sent off for dangerous tackle as Harlequins rally

• Harlequins 33-28 Wasps• Quins complete stunning turnaround with James Chisholm last-gasp tryJames Haskell was sent off for a dangerous tackle as Wasps saw their hopes of reaching the Champions Cup knockout stages effectively come to an end after a st…

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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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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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Danny Cipriani plays the conductor to put Wasps in the groove against Bath

• Bath 26-31 Wasps• Marcus Watson scores twice for Wasps in nine-try thrillerThey continue to be left in the international wilderness but Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani shone brighter than any of England’s contingent in a helter-skelter victory for Wasp…

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Wasps leapfrog Gloucester in table as Kyle Eastmond makes an impact

• Wasps 49-24 Gloucester• Three tries in five minutes after Guy Thompson’s score sparks madcap finishThe giddy heights of second gave Gloucester vertigo. Their first league defeat for three months was a reminder that there are times when it pays to pla…

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Wasps’ Dan Robson: ‘I was getting worked up about England, now I’m not focusing on ifs and buts’

The best uncapped No9 in the Premiership is determined to break into Eddie Jones’s squad but is concentrating only on what he can control on the pitchChristmas is a juggling act for all professional athletes but, by anyone’s standards, Dan Robson’s lif…

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Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes injury blows for Six Nations campaign

• Injured Wasps pair both ruled out for at least half of the tournament• Daly and Hughes limped off with injuries against La Rochelle on SundayThe England and Lions three-quarter Elliot Daly will miss the Six Nations Championship after sustaining an an…

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England may lose injured Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes for Six Nations start

• Daly (ankle) and Hughes (knee ligament) sidelined for at least a month• Wasps urge Danny Cipriani to make quick decision over futureEngland face an anxious wait to discover if Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes will be fit for the start of the Six Nations…

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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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Elliot Daly scores two tries in Wasps’ revenge mission against La Rochelle

• Wasps 21-3 La Rochelle• Home side’s pack responds to humiliation in France with strong performanceHistorically the fourth round of the Champions Cup tests a team’s mental fortitude and character as much as it does their rugby abilities, which was the…

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Exciting La Rochelle go to Wasps with growing reputation for creative artistry

New kids on the block are turning heads with their breezy brand of rugby as they try to keep up an impressive run of form in the European Champions CupAs La Rochelle rapidly establish a reputation as Europe’s great entertainers, it will come as little …