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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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Worcester lifted by Ben Te’o’s pledge to see out contract next season

• England centre has one year remaining on his three-year deal• Sale not to appeal against Denny Solomona’s ‘homophobic’ banBen Te’o has moved to end speculation over his future at Worcester by insisting he will “100%” be at the club next season. The E…

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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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Sale’s Denny Solomona charged with ‘homophobic’ abuse of Worcester player

• Jamie Shillcock complained of alleged slurs last weekend• Ban would jeopardise Solomona’s England chancesDenny Solomona has been charged by the Rugby Football Union after allegedly aiming homophobic abuse at a Worcester player during an incident in S…

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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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Ben Te’o gives England Six Nations boost after funding own rehab regime

• Centre set to face Italy after paying ‘thousands’ for six-week camp • Denny Solomona may start on right wing as injury toll mountsThe return of Ben Te’o is a rare shining light in England’s injury gloom and the Worcester centre has revealed he dug in…

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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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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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Rejuvenated Saracens score six tries in solid victory over defiant Worcester

• Saracens 46-31 Worcester• Accomplished display takes north London side into second placeSaracens ended a memorable year with their second victory in a week and after a nervous start never looked like losing. But this was not quite as convincing as th…

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Worcester’s Josh Adams deepens Premiership gloom for London Irish

• Worcester 23-8 London Irish• Wing Adams scores two tries in Irish’s 10th defeat in 11 league gamesThe Aviva Premiership season has barely reached its halfway point but the odds on London Irish escaping relegation are already starting to lengthen. The…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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

Harlequins’ sick list grows, Wasps’ Thomas Young looks to land of his father’s, Rob Baxter’s Exeter side pass ‘character test’ and Gloucester get one over BathJohn Kingston paused as he mulled over whether to put a precise figure on the list of unavail…

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Jono Lance lifts struggling Worcester but Harlequins take their chances

• Harlequins 41-35 Worcester• The Warriors earn two bonus points however rue missed kicksWorcester have trebled their points tally, snatching two bonus points with two tries in the last quarter of an hour of a match they had lit up. To come to the Stoo…

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George North and Ben Te’o set to miss autumn internationals with injuries

• Wales winger and England midfielder the latest injury casualties• Ben Te’o awaiting verdict on whether he needs operation on ankle problemThe British & Irish Lions team-mates George North and Ben Te’o are both set to miss this autumn’s Test match…

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Bath cruise to victory over Worcester despite Freddie Burns red card

• Bath 29-13 Worcester
• Hosts claim bonus point in comfortable win but have Freddie Burns dismissed

Bath claimed what was in the end a comfortable bonus-point success over Worcester Warriors despite seeing their fly-half Freddie Burns sent off for a tip tackle.

The hosts scored three tries before the break through Jonathan Joseph, Aled Brew and the excellent Ben Tapuai. Dean Hammond had crossed for Gary Gold’s Warriors who never gave up but Bath should have won by more despite losing Burns in the second half after he upended Josh Adams and the winger landed on his head.

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend

Matt O’Connor’s Tigers are evolving fast, Bath’s fledglings offer hope for the country and Quins’ Kyle Sinckler is at the mercy of the law book

The Tigers are changing their stripes. A side which for years built its foundation on set-pieces, an all-enveloping back row, controlling half-backs and immovable defence has evolved into one that can thrive on less than 50% possession. The midfield partnership of George Ford and Matt Toomua allows Leicester to react quickly in broken play and, after all the upheaval of the last few seasons, continuity has been a theme this season. Five rounds into the Premiership the director of rugby, Matt O’Connor, has made just one change in his back line, and that was enforced when Manu Tuilagi was injured after the opening weekend. The wings Jonny May and Nick Malouf have scored seven of the 12 league tries between them, profiting from a broader range of passing, and both added to their tally against the champions in a match in which the home side spent two-thirds of the match in their own half and had just 38% of possession. Paul Rees

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Chris Wyles leads the way as Saracens sail past wretched Worcester

• Worcester 3-25 Saracens
• Newcastle go top of Aviva Premiership, Warriors stay bottom

When Saracens take Maro Itoje off after less than an hour it is a safe bet they have the match won and so it proved with a routine victory to compound Worcester’s woes. It was a contest that exposed the Warriors’ limitations rather than Saracens’ strengths and for all the hosts’ huff and puff, the lack of quality is concerning indeed.

They have lost all five of their matches so far, they have publicly confirmed that they are seeking investment to ease heavy financial losses, and they are rooted to the foot of the table. Ben Te’o has been linked with Saracens of late and he would have been forgiven for casting an envious eye at the opposition.

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