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Black is the colour to end red-card muddle over misjudged tackles | Robert Kitson

The dismissal of Will Spencer against Wasps for a challenge without malice exposed the need for a lighter sanctionWe will come to the rights and wrongs shortly but imagine for a moment you are a rugby player in a packed defensive line. The opposition a…

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

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Lima Sopoaga’s kicks help Wasps beat Leicester side reduced to 14 men

• Wasps 41-35 Leicester• Will Spencer sent off for high tackleWasps resisted a second-half comeback by 14-man Leicester Tigers to earn a narrow victory in a captivating eight-try game at the Ricoh Arena.Scores by Juan de Jongh and Josh Bassett saw Wasp…

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Wasps’ Dai Young speaks out as pressure builds on Premiership coaches

• Young has sympathy for sacked Leicester coach, Matt O’Connor• Bath’s Todd Blackadder among coaches under early scrutinyAt last month’s Premiership launch the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, remarked on the number of new faces among his conte…

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Money in European rugby is too good to resist, says Wasps’ Lima Sopoaga

• Sopoaga: More New Zealanders will give up All Black hopes• Brad Shields out for up to five weeks after surgeryThe Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga believes the player drain from New Zealand to Europe will increase because the lure of the All Blacks jersey…

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

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Exeter’s Don Armand settles thriller against Wasps with last-gasp try

• Wasps 31-42 Exeter• In 10-try Premiership showpiece, Exeter have final wordIf the Premiership is to become a billion pound business, as its chief executive somewhat optimistically predicted earlier this week, a few more matches like this would not go…

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Exeter’s Don Armand settles thriller against Wasps with last-gasp try

• Wasps 31-42 Exeter• In 10-try Premiership showpiece, Exeter have final wordIf the Premiership is to become a billion pound business, as its chief executive somewhat optimistically predicted earlier this week, a few more matches like this would not go…

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Brad Shields piles on the pounds and prepares for belated Wasps debut

England’s New Zealand-born flanker had a tough time of it in South Africa during the close season and only now is he ready to rumble with his new clubAs understatements go, Brad Shields describing his whirlwind summer with England as “unusual” takes so…

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

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …

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Premiership looks like 10 in a scrum plus Saracens and Exeter on top | Robert Kitson

There are sure to be some seriously displeased club owners in the table’s bottom half, given how even the 2018-19 Premiership looks aside from Saracens and ExeterThe Strictly Come Dancing sequins and heels may be absent but in every other respect club …

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Saracens have the look of champions and Bristol can make their mark

Premiership club-by-club guide: Mark McCall’s men and Exeter may lead the way again but Worcester could face a hard winterDirector of rugby Todd Blackadder Continue reading…

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‘The market is very difficult’ : Premiership clubs battling for sustainability | Paul Rees

Over the 21 years since its inception the Premiership has attracted good crowds but player wages are eating up revenue The new Premiership season kicks off at Ashton Gate on Friday night when promoted Bristol meet Bath. The clubs are run by the two ric…

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Premiership finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all Premiership clubs and what the figures say about their health. Wasps led the way in turnover but spiralling wages cause concernFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 12 clubs that were in the Premiership during 2016-17. All …

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…

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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…