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Premiership Rugby News

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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Oct 12

World Rugby cautions against linking Premiership injuries with law changes

• RFU report shows rise in top-flight tackles and involvements since changes• ‘A full season of data will be needed to make a full analysis’ – World RugbyWorld Rugby says it is too early to draw a link between the spate of injuries suffered in the Prem…

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Oct 09

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

Fly-halvess are becoming an endangered species, Matt Toomua’s upswing continues apace and Jim Mallinder has a tough decision to makeIt has taken a series of injuries to highlight it, but there would appear to be a paucity of fly-halves in England at pr…

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Oct 08

Jamie George stars as Saracens go top after trouncing under-par Wasps

• Saracens 38-19 Wasps• England hooker scores hat-trick of triesEuropean rugby returns this week but only one of these sides looks ready to embrace the onrushing challenge. For Saracens, the defending champions and domestic table-toppers, their opening…

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Oct 07

Northampton toppled from summit by Henry Trinder double for Gloucester

• Gloucester 29-24 Northampton• Home side survive Saints’ late fightback after lead changed hands six timesGloucester continue to confound. Eight days after conceding 57 points to Sale, one of the few teams that finished below them in the table last se…

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Oct 07

Leicester sneak past London Irish as Jonny May keeps on scoring

• London Irish 27-28 Leicester• Alex Lewington’s late try earns bonus point for slow-starting IrishA tale of two wingers, as Alex Lewington earned what may prove a valuable point indeed for London Irish, all the while Jonny May continues to make his ca…

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Oct 07

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 dismissedTodd Blackadder had no complaints over Freddie Burns’s red card after watching his Bath side record a bonus-point success.Burns was sent off for a tip ta…

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Oct 07

Exeter back on top in Premiership with bonus-point defeat of Newcastle

• Exeter 34-24 Newcastle• Falcons also gain bonus point despite two yellow cards in second halfThe champions are back at the top of the table. Exeter know that counts for little at this stage, but to leapfrog one of the early pace-setters with this bon…

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