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Mike Brown’s Harlequins career over after six-week ban for stamping

Brown sent off during dramatic 48-46 win over WaspsSanction reduced by half because of unblemished recordMike Brown’s Harlequins career has been brought to an abrupt end after he was handed a six-week ban following his red card for stamping last weeken…

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Super Rugby AU whets appetite for trans-Tasman main course | Bret Harris

The Reds and Brumbies contested a thrilling Australian final but both will face a step up in quality when they face New Zealand teamsThe Queensland Reds beat the defending champions, the Brumbies, 19-16 in a memorable Super Rugby AU final in front of 4…

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John Dawes obituary

Adventurous rugby union captain who led Wales, the British Lions and the Barbarians to inspirational successes Although he was surrounded by some of the greatest players in the history of rugby union, John Dawes, who has died aged 80, seldom made the h…

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The Breakdown | Kyle Sinckler can use the hurt of his Lions omission to scale new heights

Adversity has brought the best out in the Bristol and England tighthead prop before and it can do so againEveryone who has ever been rejected, in any walk of life, knows how deeply it can sting. Which makes the soothing balm of subsequent affirmation a…

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England hope Twickenham will be 50% full for July Tests with USA and Canada

Summer tour of North America has been switched to home soilSaxons revived as England A and will play Scotland A in JuneThe Rugby Football Union is hopeful Twickenham will be 50% full for England’s summer Tests against the USA and Canada in July after c…

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Marcus Smith snatches dramatic win for 14-man Harlequins over Wasps

Harlequins 48-46 Wasps Smith scores 28 points including late converted tryAnother week, another last-gasp match-winning score for Marcus Smith. No matter that Harlequins played more than half the match without Mike Brown – whose career at the club may …

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Age before beauty is backbone of Warren Gatland’s beefed up Lions | Michael Aylwin

Pragmatic intent in taking on South Africa is clear in the coach’s selection of an experienced batch of playersWarren Gatland has insisted the squad he picked for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa would have looked different had the de…

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Dan Carter: ‘Rugby needs fun, it needs characters, or it gets stale’

The former All Blacks fly-half recalls his torturous relationship with the World Cup and reflects on a family-filled retirementDan Carter is as bemused as any father of an eight-year-old. “He wishes he was born in Argentina,” he says of his eldest son….

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Max Malins strikes final blow as Bristol rack up big derby win at Bath

Bath 20-40 BristolBristol in play-offs after resounding victory at the RecA bad week for Kyle Sinckler ended on a more upbeat note as the Premiership leaders Bristol roared back from 15-0 down to inflict more psychological pain on their West Country ri…

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Max Malins strikes final blow as Bristol rack up big derby win at Bath

Bath 20-40 BristolBristol in play-offs after resounding victory at the RecA bad week for Kyle Sinckler ended on a more upbeat note as the Premiership leaders Bristol roared back from 15-0 down to inflict more psychological pain on their West Country ri…

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Max Malins strikes final blow as Bristol rack up big derby win at Bath

Bath 20-40 BristolBristol in play-offs after resounding victory at the RecA bad week for Kyle Sinckler ended on a more upbeat note as the Premiership leaders Bristol roared back from 15-0 down to inflict more psychological pain on their West Country ri…

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Louis Rees-Zammit doubles up as superb Gloucester rout Northampton

Northampton 7-31 GloucesterSaints’ top four hopes dented by dominant visitorsIt is not supposed to be like this. No relegation is meant to leave those losers languishing at the bottom of the table with nothing to play for. No jeopardy, no point.Nobody …

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Drought broken as Reds beat Brumbies in thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Reds see off Brumbies 19-16 at Suncorp StadiumFirst silverware for Queensland team in 10 yearsJames O’Connor scored a try five minutes into injury time as Queensland Reds finally found a way past a 13-man Brumbies outfit to seal a remarkable 19-16 Supe…

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Drought broken as Reds beat Brumbies in thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Reds see off Brumbies 19-16 at Suncorp StadiumFirst silverware for Queensland team in 10 yearsJames O’Connor scored a try five minutes into injury time as Queensland Reds finally found a way past a 13-man Brumbies outfit to seal a remarkable 19-16 Supe…

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How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this coun…

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Courtney Lawes: ‘Lions tour is going to be a huge physical competition’

The 32-year-old was surprised by his call-up but few understand what is coming better than the Northampton forwardOf all the questions left fluttering in the spring breeze following the selection of the British & Irish Lions tour party, one looks l…

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Courtney Lawes: ‘Lions tour is going to be a huge physical competition’

The 32-year-old was surprised by his call-up but few understand what is coming better than the Northampton forwardOf all the questions left fluttering in the spring breeze following the selection of the British & Irish Lions tour party, one looks l…

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Lions squad brings skill to South Africa party – but past lessons must be learned | Ugo Monye

Warren Gatland’s selection will have been affected by the 2009 tour when we were not ready for the Springboks’ brutalityFor those players selected in the British & Irish Lions squad on Wednesday, the tour starts this weekend. That’s how I felt when…

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Sports quiz of the week: Canelo Álvarez, Champions League and the Lions

Who is stuck at home? Who moved away? Who reached for the sky?How did Chelsea make history this week?They became the first club to reach a Champions League final after sacking their manager midway through the seasonThey became the first club to reach t…

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Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones feels hand of history on his shoulder | Andy Bull

Wales’s indomitable talisman is keenly aware of the gravity of the honour bestowed on him by Warren GatlandScratch away the gloss they have slapped across the British & Irish Lions and there is a single, simple beautiful idea underneath. An idea pr…