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Premiership Rugby News

Dec 30

Newcastle’s Alex Tait takes advantage of lowly London Irish’s bad luck

• London Irish 15-20 Newcastle• Visitors scored first try from what appeared to be a knock-onWhen you are down and in need of luck, fate usually spits in your face. London Irish, without a win here in the Premiership since March 2016, were 6-3 ahead af…

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Dec 29

Danny Cipriani plays the conductor to put Wasps in the groove against Bath

• Bath 26-31 Wasps• Marcus Watson scores twice for Wasps in nine-try thrillerThey continue to be left in the international wilderness but Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani shone brighter than any of England’s contingent in a helter-skelter victory for Wasp…

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Dec 29

Premiership dips toe in deep pool of free-to-air viewers with live debut

Casual rugby fans are target for broadcast of Harlequins v Northampton on Channel 5 in search for balance between pay TV riches and terrestrial TV’s reachFor the first time in its history Premiership Rugby pulls back the curtain to a live free‑to-air T…

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Dec 24

Owen Farrell punishes sloppy Leicester to help Saracens stop the rot

• Leicester 17-29 Saracens• Jonny May sees red for hosts after two deliberate knock-onsJonny May’s red card for two deliberate knock-ons ultimately ensured this thrilling if error-riddled encounter ended in Saracens’ favour. Both decisions on May’s tra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/24/leicester-saracens-aviva-premiership-match-report

Dec 23

Wasps leapfrog Gloucester in table as Kyle Eastmond makes an impact

• Wasps 49-24 Gloucester• Three tries in five minutes after Guy Thompson’s score sparks madcap finishThe giddy heights of second gave Gloucester vertigo. Their first league defeat for three months was a reminder that there are times when it pays to pla…

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Dec 23

Sale play to Josh Strauss’s tune and run riot against Bath

• Sale 32-9 Bath• James O’Connor also scores in second-half routIt might be stretching it to say this exhilarating bonus-point win was a throwback to the days of old at Sale, but it would not be too far wide of the mark.Steve Diamond’s side, overflowin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/23/sale-bath-premiership-match-report

Dec 23

Will Chudley solo try for Exeter exposes rudderless Northampton’s slump

• Northampton 14-35 Exeter• Saints crash to their 10th consecutive defeat in major competitionsIf Northampton hope that sending their director of rugby westward might spur them into the typical improvement of the chastened outfit, they do so in vain. J…

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Dec 22

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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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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