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Premiership Rugby News

Dec 05

RFU considers scrapping promotion and relegation for Premiership

• Changes on the way as game grapples with global calendar• Chief executive Steve Brown says RFU ‘looking at all options’The Rugby Football Union is open to the possibility of getting rid of promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership, accordi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/05/rfu-premiership-promotion-relegation-reforms

Dec 04

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/04/premiership-talking-points-rugby-union

Dec 03

Tim Visser seals stirring comeback as Harlequins leave it late against Saracens

• Harlequins 20-19 Saracens• Saracens counting the cost following a third consecutive Premiership defeatThere are few sports so compelling when played like this. Quins waited to the last‑but‑one minute to overturn the deficit they had wrestled with pra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/harlequins-saracens-premiership-match-report

Dec 02

Wasps’ Nizaam Carr makes the difference in epic battle with Leicester

• Wasps 32-25 Leicester• Fine play by No8 who recently became first Muslim to play for SpringboksA murky, wintry evening in Coventry but this was a performance to give Wasps supporters a warm feeling as they left the stadium on Saturday night after an …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/02/wasps-leicester-premiership-match-report

Dec 02

Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie sparks six-try rout of depleted Bath

• Exeter 42-29 Bath• Chiefs lead 28-3 at half-time as leaders beat third-placed rivalsExeter extended their lead at the top of the Premiership with a breathtaking first-half performance as they demolished third-placed Bath 42-29 at a sell-out Sandy Par…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/02/exeter-bath-premiership-match-report

Nov 29

Exeter’s Jack Nowell set for return after recovery from fractures

• England wing likely to play against Bath on Saturday• Scotland flanker suspended for three months over ‘gross misconduct’England’s Jack Nowell is set to return to Premiership action on Saturday for the first time in eight weeks as the leaders, Exeter…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/29/exeter-jack-nowell-injury-bath-rugby-union

Nov 28

Premiership may be reduced to 10 teams in bid to avert player strike

• Idea to be discussed at Professional Game Board meeting on Wednesday• Plans would free up internationals to play more matches for their clubs Reducing the Premiership to 10 teams is one of a host of ideas being floated as a potential solution to the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/28/premiership-reduced-10-teams-player-strike

Nov 17

England’s Jessica Breach scores six tries on debut in rout of Canada

• England 79-5 Canada• Rampant Red Roses run in 13 tries in first TestThe debutant Jessica Breach scored six tries as England’s women marked a milestone game with an emphatic victory against Canada.The Red Roses, in their first game since the Rugby Foo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/england-canada-womens-rugby-union-international

Oct 30

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/oct/30/rugby-union-premiership-talking-points-harlequins-wasps-exeter-london-irish

Oct 29

Gloucester convert last gasp try for dramatic, narrow win over Bath

• Bath 21-22 Gloucester• Owen Williams converts Ed Slater’s stoppage time tryPeople have plenty to say about modern rugby, not all of it complimentary. Endless rutting stag impressions on the gainline are not everyone’s idea of prime entertainment and …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/29/bath-gloucester-premiership-match-report

Oct 29

George Ford inspires Leicester to go third with hard-fought win at Newcastle

• Newcastle 13-30 Leicester• Tigers’ England contingent show Eddie Jones they are ready for autumn TestsGood news for Leicester and for the England head coach, Eddie Jones: the Tigers’ Red Rose quintet are in fine fettle before the autumn international…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/29/newcastle-leicester-premiership-match-report

Oct 28

Alex Goode delivers in style to help weary Saracens see off London Irish

• Saracens 44-13 London Irish• Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and Liam Williams among try-scorersSaracens eventually stirred from their slumber to hit London Irish for six but on the weekend when seven of Mark McCall’s men report for England duty, it was …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/28/saracens-london-irish-premiership-match-report

Oct 28

Jono Lance lifts struggling Worcester but Harlequins take their chances

• Harlequins 41-35 Worcester• The Warriors earn two bonus points but rue missed kicksWorcester have tripled their points tally, snatching two bonus points with three tries in the last quarter of an hour of a match they had set alight. To come to the St…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/28/harlequins-worcester-premiership-match-report

Oct 28

Josh Bassett gets Wasps back to winning ways against Northampton

• Northampton 22-38 Wasps• Josh Bassett’s try gives Wasps a deserved winWasps, last season’s losing finalists, started the day closer to the bottom of the table than the top after four straight defeats, but as ever they were prepared to run from anywhe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/28/northampton-wasps-premiership-match-report

Oct 27

Lachie Turner try helps resilient Exeter see off Sale and go top of table

• Sale 6-10 Exeter• Rob Baxter’s side put in an outstanding rearguard displayA cold, uninviting night in Salford is no substitute for the south of France; an attritional win over Sale cannot compare to a European victory in Montpellier. But five days a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/27/sale-exeter-premiership-match-report

Oct 27

Charlie Hodgson: ‘Rugby union is unrecognisable from when I started’

The former England fly-half, now coaching at London Irish, fears the physical demands on young players may be too great with more matches being playedAs one of English rugby’s sharpest brains, not to mention finest playmakers, it is a great shame that …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/27/charlie-hodgson-reveals-fears-over-injury-crisis-in-aviva-premiership-saracens-london-irish