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James Haskell won’t be giving up to Sam Burgess without a fight

James Haskell will not give up his England No.6 jersey lightly and has warned Sam Burgess he faces a major battle for that World Cup spot. Wasps captain Haskell started all England’s Six Nations matches on the blindside but anticipates a huge challenge from such as Northampton’s Tom Wood and Union novice Burgess, who has […]

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Championship final 2nd leg teams

Worcester v Bristol Worcester: Chris Pennell; Tom Biggs, Alex Grove, Ryan Mills, Cooper Vuna; Ryan Lamb, JB Bruzulier; Val Rapava Ruskin, Agustin Creevy, Nick Schonert; James Percival, Jonathan Thomas; Mike Williams, Sam Betty, GJ van Velze (Capt.). Replacements: Niall Annett, Ryan Bower, Joe Rees, Leonardo Senatore, Jamie Shillcock, Ravai Fatiaki, Ben Howard. Bristol: Jack Wallace; […]

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Ceri Sweeney heads back to Wales

Ceri Sweeney will be leaving Exeter this summer to take up a player-coach role with Pontypridd. “Ponty have got some good youngsters and I don’t want to be taking their game-time. I have to be realistic, I’m 35,” said Sweeney, who won 35 international caps for Wales. “I’m not coming back to play every week […]

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Wasps confirm signing of George Smith

Wasps confirmed the signing of Australian flanker George Smith ahead of next season. The 34-year-old, who has 111 Test caps to his name, will join from Lyon after they were relegated from the Top14 last weekend. He said: “I am very excited to be joining Wasps.  I have always admired their history in Europe and […]

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Dream Team: Jon Fisher – Northampton and former London Irish No.8

1. Alex Corbisiero – Obviously! We’re the same age and I grew up with Corbs at London Irish before linking up again this season at Saints. One of the best scrummaging looseheads in world rugby. 2. Dylan Hartley – A ruthless competitor and a great captain at Northampton. He always leads from the front whether […]

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“I’m lucky to have had supportive clubs,” says Samoa star Kahn Fotuali’i

Kahn Fotuali’i admits Polynesian players are under pressure to quit international rugby in order to secure lucrative overseas contracts. But Northampton’s Samoan scrum-half insists he has never encountered it personally – nor does he expect to ahead of this year’s World Cup. Samoa’s World Cup hopes suffered a blow last month when star tighthead Census […]

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Young Gun: Tom West – Wasps loosehead

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England U20s has provided the stage for much of the country’s current stars to shine over the last few years and Wasps academy prop Tom West is one of most highly rated of the lot. The 19-year-old loosehead won his first cap as a substitute against Italy in February during the Six nations on the […]

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Wasps announce four new signings

Wasps have today announced four new signings for next season. Centre James Downey will remain at the club having impressed since arriving from Glasgow Warriors in February as injury cover for Alapati Leiua, Chris Bell and Ben Jacobs. He will be joined by Leinster centre Brendan Macken, Leicester’s 23 year-old loosehead Tom Bristow and London […]

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VIDEO: Dylan Hartley previews the Premiership Northampton’s semi-final

Dylan Hartley: Ten months of hard work are on the line Our latest Killik Rugby video is with Northampton Saints and England hooker Dylan Hartley . Dylan Hartley previews the final two weeks of the domestic season as his Northampton Saints side battle to retain their Aviva Premiership title. In the first instalment of a […]

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Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola relishing Northampton challenge

Billy Vunipola is fully aware of the challenge awaiting Saracens at Northampton tomorrow in the Premiership semi-finals but the No.8 is relishing the occasion. The 22-year-old was named in Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad ahead of the World Cup in Wednesday but, with a clash at Franklin’s Gardens against a team that has become their […]

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