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Warrington at head of queue to bring Kyle Eastmond back to Super League

• Former St Helens star a free agent after leaving Wasps• Signing would not affect Warrington’s salary cap limitsWarrington are increasingly confident they can lure Kyle Eastmond back to rugby league after a seven-year absence from the game.The 28-year…

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Paul Gustard’s move to Harlequins may hurt England’s World Cup preparations

• Gustard to coach Harlequins after England’s South Africa tour• Injury to Wasps’ Jack Willis adds to Jones’s back-row problemsEngland’s World Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil with their defence coach, Paul Gustard, leaving Eddie Jones’s …

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Owen Farrell steers Saracens to Premiership final in blitz over Wasps

• Saracens 57-33 Wasps• Farrell kicks 27 points to back up Saracens’ try spreeNormal service has been resumed. Saracens are back in the Premiership final. The mischievous had wondered whether they were a fading force, surrendering their Premiership tit…

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Maro Itoje says Saracens machine purring again before Wasps semi-final

• England flanker believes Saracens are firing at the right time• Billy Vunipola is back for Premiership showdown with WaspsSaracens have won the second halves of their past four matches by a 149-0 aggregate. Their average scoreline in the same four ga…

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Danny Cipriani turned down French clubs to keep England hopes alive

• Cipriani: ‘I’ve played the game just to play for England’• ‘I am the best version of myself right now,’ says fly-halfPatience has not often been a virtue credited to Danny Cipriani but the Wasps fly-half’s reward for sitting on hefty financial offers…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Dazzling Danny Cipriani steers Wasps past Newcastle into third place

• Newcastle 22-39 Wasps• Wasps now face Saracens in Premiership semi-finalQuite where Danny Cipriani will be playing his rugby next season remains unclear, but this was the latest glimpse of his rare talents as he prepares for the next chapter of his c…

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Newcastle face Wasps in sell-out decider for Premiership third spot

Dean Richards’ side have confounded all expectations and made the play-offs while Sale and Bath will look to do similar on Saturday and squeeze into next season’s Champions CupNewcastle were the first winners of the Premiership in 1998 but since then t…

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Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson

As the Premiership regular season draws to a close, Wasps, Worcester and Exeter provide three players apieceTwenty-one try assists in 19 games, as well as four tries, reflect the South African’s influence on Wasps’ attacking game. The Springboks are re…

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Elliot Daly: ‘I don’t think we can play more, it’s all year round at the moment’

The tireless Elliot Daly is still raring to go for Wasps but the same can’t be said for so many of his Lions and England team-mates who have fallen by the wayside during a punishing 12 monthsBy this stage of a post-Lions season there are usually only t…

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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an at…

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

A clean-up job awaits John Kingston’s heir, Gary Graham shines again and Kitchener’s tumble leaves Gopperth the fall-guyHarlequins have been linked with so many coaches since the announcement last week that John Kingston will leave at the end of the se…

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Christian Wade double helps Wasps to win over struggling Worcester

• Wasps 30-15 Worcester• Bonus-point win consolidates Wasps’ position in race for top fourThe pitches are firming up, the clouds are clearing, and Wasps are coming into their own. They barely moved out of third gear, certainly in the second half, but s…

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

Ellis Genge impresses in the heat of battle, Saracens end tough week on a high and Marland Yarde spearheads Sale’s late pushLoosehead prop is not a problem position for England with Mako Vunipola backed up by Joe Marler, but Beno Obano and Ellis Genge …

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

Bath are facing catastrophe, Ellis Genge offers grounds for English optimism and Josh McNally makes a poignant returnAnother home defeat in the Premiership for Bath, whose season is now in grave danger of unravelling. It may have taken a late Joe Simmo…

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Leicester lose Tuilagi to injury but gain thrilling victory over Wasps

• Leicester 16-15 Wasps• George Ford guides Tigers home after early setbackManu Tuilagi’s hopes of making his England return on the summer tour of South Africa have been dealt a significant blow after he sustained the latest in a long line of injuries …

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Premiership roundup: Joe Simmonds keeps his nerve to send Exeter top

• Simmonds converts Thomas Waldrom’s last-gasp try for 31-30 win• Northampton had led after tries from Horne, Foden and MallinderJoe Simmonds converted Thomas Waldrom’s last-minute try to cap a dramatic comeback from Exeter, who rallied from 13 points …

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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…