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Northampton v Harlequins preview

England stars Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood and Luther Burrell have been named among the replacements for Northampton’s Amlin Cup semi-final against Harlequins tomorrow. Full-back Ben Foden is the fourth big name to make way as the Saints look to secure a Premiership home semi-final when the it resumes next week. James Wilson comes in at […]

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Nick Cain talks to Brad Barritt about Saracens and England

Brad Barritt is not going to see the England No.12 jersey handed over to Billy Twelvetrees, Luther Burrell, Kyle Eastmond, or any other rival inside-centre without an almighty tug of war. And the way he has helped Saracens to shunt opponents aside since returning from four months on the sidelines with a foot injury has […]

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Brendan Gallagher: The day that Munster found vintage form in Bordeaux

Munster’s love affair with the Heineken Cup has become the stuff of legend but in nearly two decades I recall no bigger match or occasion than their first semi-final against mighty Toulouse in May 2000. The Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux – I rather fancy it was called Parc Lescure in those days – was […]

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Mike Brown has his heart on sleeve, just like Roy Keane

It is Tuesday afternoon at the Surrey Sports Park and Harlequins’ training finished 45 minutes ago. While the majority of players have showered and made their way to their cars, Mike Brown, unsurprisingly, is still out there doing a kicking session with England backs coach Mike Catt. The full-back is not afraid to say he […]

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20 Questions: Ian Whitten – Exeter centre

Enjoy your open-top bus ride last week? It was a great crack and a good crowd turned out. Everybody enjoyed it and it was another good day of celebrations for the club. Mean a lot winning the LV= Cup? Definitely. It’s not as big a priority as the league or Heineken but it was a […]

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WIN a signed Lions jersey

Win your chance to meet some of your Lions heroes as they prepare for their epic summer cycle ride across the UK & Ireland The Ride of the Lions is the second annual ride where Lions legends recreate the spirit of rugby on a bike, and they will be taking on the London Cycle Sportive […]

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London Wasps sign Ruaridh Jackson

London Wasps have signed Scotland international fly-half Ruaridh Jackson from Glasgow Warriors. The 26-year-old Jackson, who has 23 caps to his name, becomes the fifth signing for London Wasps ahead of the 2014/15 season, with the signings of Bradley Davies, Rob Miller, James Gaskell and Lorenzo Cittadini already announced. He said: “I am very excited […]

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Jeremy Guscott: Manu Tuilagi and Niki Goneva give Leicester Tigers real title potential

You have to admire Saracens. They have lost only two games this season, and one more victory will see them home and hosed. By that I mean a home semi-final, and no one will fancy their chances against a very solid side competing well on all fronts. They appear to have planned, organised and executed […]

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Nick Cain: Game’s flashpoints stem from inconsistent refereeing

Empathy. Consistency. Clarity. Accuracy. All those crucial factors were missing for large tracts of the officiating in the Wild West Premiership showdown between Gloucester and Bath last weekend, when two red cards and five yellows were dished out. There was more of the same when Harlequins squeezed past Leicester at The Stoop on Friday night, […]

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Courtney Lawes still dishes it out but is not so hit and miss

If anyone was in doubt that Courtney Lawes can still deliver big hits with the best of them, then look no further than Owen Farrell’s ribcage.

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