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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…

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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…