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Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale

The Premiership’s two top clubs have hit peak form at the perfect time for their Twickenham showdown after overwhelming winsMajor finals featuring the competition’s two best teams peaking at precisely the right moment are surprisingly few in number. No…

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Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection | Robert Kitson

Show of skill and desire in a truly dominant display put the Chiefs into Premiership final against SaracensTwo potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter jug…

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Exeter ease into final as Don Armand try seals one-sided win over Newcastle

• Exeter 36-5 Newcastle• Saracens await winners after record-breaking defeat of WaspsThe half-time statistics did not lie. Exeter enjoyed 92% of the possession and attempted 10 tackles to their opponents’ 169. Nine-tenths of possession allowed the Chie…

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Owen Farrell steers Saracens to Premiership final in blitz over Wasps

• Saracens 57-33 Wasps• Farrell kicks 27 points to back up Saracens’ try spreeNormal service has been resumed. Saracens are back in the Premiership final. The mischievous had wondered whether they were a fading force, surrendering their Premiership tit…

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Newcastle’s Dean Richards: I’ve absolutely no interest in any England job

• RFU already preparing to replace Eddie Jones in 2019 or 2021• ‘I laughed … I just don’t fancy it,’ Falcons director of rugby saysDean Richards has stated he has “absolutely no interest” in being England’s head coach, suggesting he would not last a we…

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Maro Itoje says Saracens machine purring again before Wasps semi-final

• England flanker believes Saracens are firing at the right time• Billy Vunipola is back for Premiership showdown with WaspsSaracens have won the second halves of their past four matches by a 149-0 aggregate. Their average scoreline in the same four ga…

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Exeter’s Ali Hepher: underestimate British coaches at your peril

• Coach prepares for Newcastle clash in Premiership semi-final• ‘I’m sure McCall, Young and Richards would be the same’Within English club rugby there is increasingly little patience for the theory that the world’s most successful coaches all hail from…

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Newcastle move restores reputations of Dean Richards and the Falcons | Robert Kitson

Coach takes his side to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon for one of their biggest games since they last won the Premiership title 20 years agoIt is 20 years almost to the day since Newcastle last won English rugby’s domestic league title. Coincident…

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Newcastle’s Vereniki Goneva wins Premiership player of season award

• Winger helped Newcastle reach title play-offs• Newcastle’s Dean Richards named best director of rugbyNewcastle Falcons’ achievement in reaching this season’s title play-offs has been rewarded with two major accolades at the Aviva Premiership Awards. …

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Stuart Lancaster pledges future to Leinster amid Harlequins speculation

• Former England head coach ‘100% committed’ to Irish province• ‘I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. For me it’s all about Leinster‘Stuart Lancaster is not interested in the vacant job at Harlequins and has ruled out a return to the Aviva Premiership…

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Related: Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson Related: Sarace…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Saracens step up a gear to cruise past Gloucester as Alex Goode excels

• Saracens 62-12 Gloucester• Home side score 40 points without reply in second halfSaracens sauntered to the play-offs after yet another second-half siege laid Gloucester to waste. They have now not conceded a second-half point in four matches – it was…

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Dazzling Danny Cipriani steers Wasps past Newcastle into third place

• Newcastle 22-39 Wasps• Wasps now face Saracens in Premiership semi-finalQuite where Danny Cipriani will be playing next season remains unclear, but this was the latest glimpse of his rare talents as he prepares for the next chapter of his career.The …

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Sale hopes of a Champions Cup place ended by George Ford’s salvo

• Sale 13-35 Leicester• Ford takes control in the second half to deflate the home sideA bizarre frolic to end the season for two sides with Europe on their minds. Despite the unbroken sunshine, the floodlights were switched on 20 minutes into the game …

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Exeter’s Alec Hepburn finishes off a six-try victory over Harlequins

• Harlequins 17-41 Exeter• Harlequins slump in final quarter on John Kingston’s farewellAnother match, another horrible defeat for Harlequins. At home they may have been, with the sun on their backs, just as they have always liked it, but they could no…

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