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

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Willie Le Roux triggers Wasps’ shock win at leaders Exeter

• Exeter 19-26 Wasps• Wasps score four tries after being 12-0 behindWasps pulled off one of the shocks of the Premiership season by beating the leaders, Exeter, 26-19 in a bonus-point win at Sandy Park.Exeter looked well in control after building an ea…

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England’s Dan Robson out for three months with deep vein thrombosis

• Wasps scrum-half expected back in full training in July• Injury could complicate Eddie Jones’s World Cup plansThe England and Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson will be out for three months as he recovers from a deep vein thrombosis in what could prove a pr…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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Christian Wade signs for Buffalo Bills after leaving Wasps to chase NFL dream

• Former England rugby union wing gets training camp call• ‘I’m completely lost for words,’ says Wade as deal confirmedChristian Wade has said he is “lost for words” after taking a step towards his dream of playing in the NFL by signing for the Buffalo…

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Nathan Hughes leads from the pack as Wasps add to pressure on Worcester

• Wasps 28-16 Worcester• Bonus-point win moves home side away from dangerIt is unlikely anyone in Coventry seriously felt Wasps were in danger of relegation, but just in case there were this bonus-point win should help them sleep easily now. Indeed, it…

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

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Gloucester breeze to victory as Wasps need for Shaun Edwards is shown

• Gloucester 27-14 Wasps• Wasps miss 17 tackles in opening 50 minutesHaving forgotten how to win, Wasps are targeting a coach who does not remember defeat, Shaun Edwards. Their ninth defeat in 12 league matches against opponents who started as if they …

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Exeter’s Sean Lonsdale fends off Sale as Joe Ford kicks Leicester past Wasps

• Sale 14-20 Exeter; Leicester 19-14 Wasps• Lonsdale comes off bench to seal win for league leadersExeter remain top of the Gallagher Premiership as the Chiefs provided a hammer-blow to Sale Sharks’ top-four ambitions following a 20-14 triumph at the A…

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Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs

• Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvet…

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Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson to stake England claim with overdue first cap

• Robson is one of only two scrum-halves in Six Nations squad• ‘Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can cement my place’For a sense of just how long overdue Dan Robson’s first England cap is, Dai Young’s explanation for taking him off in the latter…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Dan Robson’s display is silver lining for Wasps, Tadhg Beirne outmuscles Exeter while Saracens look Leinster’s biggest threatDan Robson’s performance for Wasps was one of the few shining lights on what was a difficult day for the home side, even if the…

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Leinster cruise past tame Wasps and train their sights on Ulster

• Wasps 19-37 Leinster• Home team end European campaign without a victoryAlmost three years ago to the day Leinster came here and were duly sent home, tails between their legs, having shipped more than 50 points. If ever there was a demonstration of ho…

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Wasps face the might of Leinster and then another player exodus

• Leinster hammered Wasps 52-3 in Dublin in October• Hughes, Le Roux, Cooper-Woolley all set to leaveWhen Wasps last entertained Leinster in Europe, they won 51-10 on their way to the Champions Cup semi-finals. It was only three years ago and completed…

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‘I hope to be an NFL player in a year’: Christian Wade on his exit from rugby

The former Wasps winger left behind a successful career for an uncertain path to the world’s richest league. But he does not lack determinationChristian Wade speaks to the Guardian from the back of a New York cab. Coventry it isn’t but the winger who l…

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Rhys Priestland’s kick snatches victory for Bath from Wasps’ grasp

• Pool 1: Bath 18-16 Wasps• Late penalty edges hosts to first winNeither side had anything to play for, and it showed. An amusing first half deteriorated into a mind-numbing second, where two of English rugby’s fallen giants attempted to outdo each oth…

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Josh Bassett try gets Wasps back to winning ways against Northampton

• Wasps 27-16 NorthamptonThe future shape of English club rugby is again a subject of heated debate but for Wasps the soothing balm of this much-needed victory was all that mattered. After only one win in their previous 13 games they badly needed a con…

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Joe Marchant try seals ‘Big Game 11’ victory for Harlequins over Wasps

• Harlequins 20-13 Wasps• Quins score fastest try of the season on way to winHarlequins defended for most of the match against their erstwhile neighbours, but outscored Wasps by two tries to one after showing a side to their game that matched their bla…