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Jacob Umaga discovered England Six Nations call-up via WhatsApp

Uncapped 21-year-old was in the kitchen cooking stir fryUmaga: ‘I woke up thinking did that actually just happen?’Wasps fly half Jacob Umaga has revealed he discovered his call-up for England’s Six Nations squad via WhatsApp.The uncapped 21-year-old, w…

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Northampton snatch dramatic win at Wasps despite Tom Collins’ red card

• Wasps 31-35 Northampton• Taqele Naiyaravoro scores winning tryThe Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, was relieved to see his Saints ‘poke themselves in front’ in the final two minutes to record a 35-31 win over Wasps. Related: Exeter use all …

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

Leicester undo their own good work again, Rees-Zammit in the Wales reckoning and Sale raise their sightsThis is not the first time Leicester have proved themselves capable of the sort of rugby not even a team like Exeter can live with. And it is not th…

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Marcus Smith inspires Harlequins to bonus-point comeback win at Wasps

• Wasps 22-28 Harlequins• Hosts squander early 17-0 lead to remain in troubleHarlequins came from 17 points down to claim a rare bonus-point victory on the road and compound Wasps’ woes at the foot of the table. Marcus Smith finished with 13 points aft…

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Premiership’s four fallen giants face up to very real relegation risk | Paul Rees

Leicester, Bath, Wasps and Saracens have won 27 of the last 32 titles between them but know they are fighting for their league placesGlance quickly at the Premiership table and it looks upside down. The bottom four clubs have won 27 of the 32 titles si…

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Trouble for Premiership big beasts shows money no guarantee of success | Robert Kitson

Leicester, Wasps and Bath are traditionally accustomed to the high life but find themselves stuck in the bottom fourIf success in modern rugby union is entirely down to money it has an odd way of showing it. Look no further than the current Premiership…

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Tom O’Flaherty shines as impressive Exeter Chiefs blow Wasps away

• Exeter 38-3 Wasps• Wing secures bonus-point victoryBetter sides than Wasps would have found life extremely tough in Devon on a cold winter’s afternoon. A cruel wind chilled the bones of players and spectators alike and the visitors, despite a valiant…

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Christian Wade: ‘I don’t have time to miss anything about rugby’

The former England winger talks about life in the NFL, the spirit in Buffalo Bills locker room and their very long meetingsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSix years after playing for the British and Irish Lions, Christian Wade is trying to make…

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Players’ union urges action on mental health after Kearnan Myall speaks out

• RPA says 10% of Premiership players phone helpline every year• Majority have mental health problems after retiring – surveyRugby’s players’ union has called for urgent action to be taken to protect players’ mental wellbeing following stark warnings f…

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Kearnan Myall: ‘Several England players I know dread training camp’

The former Wasps lock sounds the alarm over the mental wellbeing of top players after intolerable pressure and scrutiny took him to the brink of suicideNo one is paying much attention to the tall man sitting quietly on a sunny hotel terrace in Richmond…

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Kearnan Myall: ‘Several England players I know dread training camp’

The former Wasps lock sounds the alarm over the mental wellbeing of top players after intolerable pressure and scrutiny took him to the brink of suicideNo one is paying much attention to the tall man sitting quietly on a sunny hotel terrace in Richmond…

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Harlequins miss play-off spot as Lang’s late penalty falls agonisingly short

• Wasps 27-25 Harlequins• Late drama as James Lang has chance to give Quins winHome is where the heartache has been for Wasps this season, but it was Harlequins who felt the agony when James Lang’s 50-metre penalty in the last minute, that would have t…

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Dan Robson: ‘The DVT is always going to be something I have to be aware of’

The Wasps scrum-half was preparing to face Scotland when scans revealed a serious medical problemDan Robson was just about to put his boots on when it struck him something was wrong. He had been taken to one side by the England doctor Phil Riley who ut…

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Late tries from Zach Mercer and Joe Cokanasiga edge Bath past Wasps

• Bath 29-17 Wasps• Hosts boost hopes of top-six finishThree tries in the final six minutes gave Bath a bonus point victory that took them to sixth in the table and on course for a place in the European Champions Cup, but this was a muddle of a match t…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

Pat Lam’s Bristol are looking up, Worcester secure their status and Saints are grateful to the ever-ready Dan BiggarIs it possible to qualify for a semi-final too early? Exeter find themselves killing time between now and 25 May, the date of the Premie…

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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…