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THE OFFICIAL AVIVA PREMIERSHIP MAGAZINE

The Official Aviva Premiership rugby magazine captures all the excitement of the current Premiership Rugby season and profiles all of the key players, with exclusive access to sporting heroes past and present. Combined with in-depth team profiles, plus interviews and opinions from the world’s best known rugby personalities, the Magazine has detailed stats and facts, […]

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Young Gun: Josh Gray – Barnard Castle No.8

Josh Gray was just 12 when his brother Alex led England U20s to the Junior World Cup final in 2011 and that was the moment that fuelled his desire to chase a professional rugby career for himself. Six years on, Gray junior is about to leave the famous Barnard Castle school, where his brother also […]

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How Wasps have fared since the club moved to Coventry

In 1999, professional rugby union outfit Wasps RFC changed their name to London Wasps to differentiate themselves from amateur side Wasps FC. It was the first in a series of changes that eventually saw the club relocated to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in 2015.

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Peter Jackson: Boks’ RWC triumph hung on a shirtsleeve

There is an old adage in journalism that news is not necessarily when it happens but when someone digs it out. Applying that principle to this column clears the way for breaking news on the World Cup front concerning the most outspoken of all the game’s British power-brokers, John Jeavons-Fellows. It matters not that the […]

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Jeff Probyn: Saracens are great but can they keep going?

Congratulations to Sarries on the totally expected win in last week’s Champions Cup final. They have made history and written the name of the club high on the list of most successful in the game and no matter what the future holds, which will probably be more titles, they have proved themselves to be among […]

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Harry hoping to follow dad’s lead in Argentina

Harry Mallinder is hoping for another summer where he feels on top of the world after what he admits has been “a mixed season.” Having led England to U20 Championship glory in Manchester last June, the Northampton Saints star will shortly head off to Argentina after graduating to the senior international ranks. But it has […]

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Room 101: Ollie Dawe – Bristol prop

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1. Second-hand jokes It annoys me when I tell a funny story or a joke and someone else repeats it shortly afterwards and gets a bigger laugh and takes all the credit. I just end up feeling like a bit of a lemon when that happens. Billy Searle enjoys it though. He always likes to […]

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England name side for Barbarians clash

Eddie Jones has named his England squad to face the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham . The starting XV will be boosted by the presence of Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), George Ford (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester) and Mike Brown (Harlequins) – who have 246 caps between them. There are eight uncapped players starting with Jack […]

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Nick Cain’s Premiership of the Year

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Saracens’ exceptional European Cup double explains why they have almost half the starting line-up in my 2016-17 Team of the Season. The European Cup is the gold standard of club rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, and for any team to secure back-to-back titles is a mighty achievement that demands recognition – especially after their exceptional […]

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Shane Williams: We need Bomb back coaching OUR props

I’ve always had a lot of time for Adam Jones, but he didn’t strike me as a potential coach, not initially at least. That said, it didn’t surprise me this week to hear Kyle Sinckler speak so highly of Adam in his first week as a British & Irish Lion. I don’t know Kyle as […]

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National League One Dream Team

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Hartpury College became the first team in history to win 30 from 30 in National League One as the West Country side took the league by storm. With Hartpury earning 28 try-scoring bonus points – equaling Ealing’s 2014-15 record – in a season where they notched almost 500 points more than the next-highest scorers, it […]

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