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20 Questions: Joe Gray – Harlequins hooker

What do you make of Quins’ Prem campaign? It’s getting interesting and we’re back in the mix. It’s credit to the Premiership that everyone’s so close. Last week’s win over Leicester was awesome and we’re happy about getting our game back. Big competition for the Quins hooking jersey? That’s what you want. You obviously want […]

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Marc Cueto to retire

Mark Cueto has today announced that he will retire from playing at the end of the current season. The winger is currently the All-Time Leading Try Scorer in the Aviva Premiership with 87 tries having overtaken former team mate Steve Hanley’s record of 75 tries in February 2013. Cueto has played 294 games for Sale […]

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Nick Cain: Tom Who? can make a name for the Exiles

Tom Coventry’s appointment as the new coach of London Irish following the early departure of Brian Smith has probably prompted a round of head-scratching in clubhouses around the country, followed by the question, “Tom who?”. However, a more detailed look at Coventry’s track record suggests not only that the new owners at the Exiles have […]

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Jeremy Guscott: Suddenly Danny Cipriani can tackle – shame about his kicking

The best thing that’s happened to Danny Cipriani this season is that we are talking about him being good rugby player showcasing his talents rather than being involved in some off-field incident that has made the gossip columns. There’s a lot more Cipriani can achieve in the game at the age of 27, and he’s […]

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Doran-Jones returns to Gloucester

As revealed by Neil Fissler in The Rugby Paper on January 11, Paul Doran-Jones will be leaving Harlequins at the end of the season to return to Gloucester. The six-cap tighthead, 29, played for the Cherry and Whites from 2009 to 2011 where he made 49 competitive appearances before moving to Northampton and Quins. Gloucester […]

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Freddie Burns won’t blame Leicester Tigers switch for England axe

Fly-half confident the long-term gain of moving will reignite his international claims.

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My Life in Rugby: Johnny Howard – former Northampton and England Sevens scrum-half

Rugby for me started aged eight at Aylesbury Rugby Club. At 16 I joined Saints and it was pretty awe-inspiring to be in the same dressing room as the likes of Ian McGeechan, who I’d only ever seen on Lions’ DVDs. I made my Premiership debut at Bristol in the 2000/01 season as a replacement […]

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Dream Team: Ian Whitten – Exeter and former Ulster & Ireland centre

1. Cian Healey – I played with him for Ireland U19s and he’s one of the best props in the loose in the world. His ball carrying is brilliant and he moves around the park really well. 2. Rory Best – A great leader for Ulster by example. His carrying and work rate over the […]

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Farrell to miss entire Six Nations

Owen Farrell will miss the entire Six Nations after suffering a knee ligament injury at the weekend. The England fly-half was forced from the field in the 18th minute of Saracens’ 18-6 defeat at Clermont and was seen by a specialist yesterday evening. Investigations revealed he has a high-grade medial ligament strain and will be […]

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Dunn and Ewels commit to Bath

Charlie Ewels and Tom Dunn have renewed their contracts with Bath in a move which sees the duo make the step up from the academy to the senior squad from next season. Ewels, 19, has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season which has seen the England U20s lock captain the first team and make his […]

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