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‘Let’s finish the job’ – Gareth Steenson
Gareth Steenson insists Exeter Chiefs are a much different outfit to that of 12 months ago as they gear up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Final against Wasps at Twickenham. Rob Baxter’s side booked a...
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England squad gather ahead of Barbarians test
Twenty nine players have assembled in Pennyhill Park today ahead of England’s match against the Barbarians next Sunday (28th May) at Twickenham stadium. The group includes 20 uncapped players with head...
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Match Reaction: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes his side are still growing in what is turning into a special Aviva Premiership Rugby season, after their composure and patience saw them come back from the brink...
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Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 18 Saracens 16
Saracens’ dominance in Aviva Premiership Rugby was finally ended by Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, and while they had to do it the hard way, forwards coach Rob Hunter insists he always believed his side would...
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Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15
Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder heaped praise on the defensive resolution of his side as they reached the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final with victory over Connacht. Tries...
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Match Report: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15
Northampton Saints are just one game away from playing in next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup after downing a battling Connacht side at Franklin’s Gardens. Harry Mallinder starred with 16...
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What happens if it is a draw today?
Two years ago the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final was won with the last move of the match following two periods of extra time. What will happen today if the scores are tied after 80 minutes?
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Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final

Dai Young has named his side to take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership semi final at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, kick off 5.15pm. There are only two changes to Wasps’ starting XV that won 35-...
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Leicester Tigers team news for the Aviva Premiership semi-final
Tom Youngs will make his 100th starting appearance for Leicester Tigers on Saturday when he leads the club in their 13th successive season in the knockout stages of the Premiership Rugby season. Tigers go...
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Player of the year Millar-Mills benefiting from increased coverage of women’s game
Lichfield Ladies Director of Rugby Becky Williams said she was grateful that more people could appreciate Women’s Premiership Players’ Player of the Year Harriet Millar-Mills now that the women’s game is...
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Exeter Chiefs side to face Saracens
Rob Baxter believes his Exeter Chiefs squad are better prepared for what lies ahead as they look to secure themselves a place in this season’s Aviva Premiership Final. Having advanced to Twickenham a year...
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Saracens name team for Sandy Park semi-final
Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final at Sandy Park, kick-off 14h30 (Live on BT Sport). Mark McCall makes one change to the side that defeated ASM...
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Jack Maunder reflects on exciting “rollercoaster” season with Exeter Chiefs after award nomination
From starting with National League 1 side Plymouth Albion, to finishing with hearing about his place in the England squad 20 minutes before its announcement, Jack Maunder’s season has taken upward curve to...
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Winger Olly Woodburn hails Exeter Chiefs team-mates after dream team award
Olly Woodburn has highlighted Exeter’s culture as the key factor in the club’s success this season – success which has led to him being named in this year’s BT Sport Dream Team. The winger has had a...
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‘Helpful and willing’ – Warriors head coach Hogg hails Community Player of the Season winner Chris Pennell
Worcester Warriors  head coach Carl Hogg has hailed the impact of full-back Chris Pennell off the field at Sixways this season after the England international landed a prestigious gong at this week’s Aviva...
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Singha 7s star Sam Simmonds proud of great season with Exeter Chiefs
Sam Simmonds admits he is living the dream after breaking into Exeter Chiefs’ team this season, but charts his rise back to the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, after winning the Player of the Tournament. The...
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Northampton Saints make two changes for Champions Cup qualifier
The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup qualifier against Connacht. There are just the two changes to the starting line-up from the Aviva Premiership clash...
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More to come from Wasps’ Christian Wade after Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards win
Christian Wade has fired off a warning to all of Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals after he collected the Trivento Try Scorer of the Season award – saying he’s only going to get better. That may sound...
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Fan Village returns for Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2017
All the fun of the Fan Village is back once again for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2017, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Supporters will be able to mix and enjoy a drink or two among friends at...
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Ellis Genge pays tribute to Leicester Tigers teammates after scooping Land Rover Discovery of the Season award
Ellis Genge admits he has Leicester Tigers’ teammates Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole to thank, after scooping the Land Rover Discovery of the Season prize at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards. The 22-year-old...
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Dai Young says Wasps’ journey is not yet over after Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards win
Dai Young insists the journey Wasps are on is not over yet, after he claimed the prestigious Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season prize at the Aviva Premiership Rugby awards on Wednesday. Coventry outfit...
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Gopperth relishing semi-final mission after scooping three Aviva Premiership Rugby awards
Jimmy Gopperth was the headline act of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards 2017, as the Wasps back scooped three of the prizes on offer – including the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season....
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Tony Rowe full of praise for Sandy Park team
Tony Rowe praised his ‘hard working’ Sandy Park team after the Exeter venue was named Business of the Year at the Express & Echo 2017 Business Awards. Exeter Rugby Club’s chairman and chief executive...
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Premiership Rugby comes to Philadelphia in September
Premiership Rugby can confirm that next season’s Newcastle Falcons’ match against double European champions Saracens on Saturday 16 September will be played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following...
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Match Officials for this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby
Veteran referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of his 184th Aviva Premiership Rugby match when he heads to Sandy Park for Exeter Chiefs’ semi-final against defending champions Saracens. The Aviva Premiership...
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Sale Sharks Season Ticket Sales Record Broken
The season may have only just finished but it seems that Sale Sharks’ fans just can’t wait to get going again, with record breaking Season Ticket Sales just seven weeks after going on sale! This...
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Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season
Jimmy Gopperth tonight (17 May) completed an incredible hat-trick of rugby awards as he was named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season. The Wasps star had already won his club’s Player of the Season...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby TV coverage on BT Sport and ITV Sport
The Aviva Premiership Rugby season so far has provided us with drama throughout, with three dominant teams at the top, an almighty scrap for fourth place and records broken left, right and centre. But it is...
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Owen Farrell and the Vunipola brothers star in Saracens’ Champions Cup success
Owen Farrell added further gloss to his sublime individual season by helping inspire Saracens to a second successive European Rugby Champions Cup at BT Murrayfield. The England fly-half booted 13 points to...
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Kruis confident big game experience will see Saracens through
Saracens and England lock George Kruis says his side will benefit from the experience of winning big games as they prepare for the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. The...
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‘Tigers have worked to make the semi-finals’ says Luke Hamilton
Leicester Tigers have left no stone unturned as they prepare for their Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final clash against Wasps, according to Luke Hamilton. The 25-year-old Welshman joined Leicester from...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season shortlist announced
Premiership Rugby today confirmed the shortlist for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season. Teams who feature in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals dominate the list with...
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Champions Cup play-offs – referee appointments
England’s Greg Garner and Mathieu Raynal of France have been appointed to referee this weekend’s Champions Cup play-offs. Garner will take charge of Friday evening’s tie between recently...
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Fixtures announced for 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships
The fixtures for both the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships have been announced. The Championship will take place over seven weekends in 2018, beginning on Saturday 3rd February and finishing with a...
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Dewald Potgieter signs new Worcester Warriors deal
Warriors are delighted to announce that South Africa international Dewald Potgieter has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Sixways. Potgieter has become an influential figure at the Club since his...
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‘Playing in an Aviva Premiership Rugby final is something to savour’ – Monye
Harlequins legend Ugo Monye admits his Aviva Premiership Rugby final memories will stay with him forever, with English rugby’s showpiece event now just a matter of weeks away. England and British &...
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Citizen Try of the Season shortlist announced
SIX EXCEPTIONAL tries from some of the best finishers in rugby are today revealed on the shortlist for this season’s Citizen Try of the Season award. Won last year by Leicester Tigers’ Harry Thacker for his...
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‘Tigers proved the doubters wrong,’ says coach Murphy
Geordan Murphy feels that Leicester Tigers were written off on more than one occasion this season, and that the doubters probably played a part in propelling them to a 13th straight Aviva Premiership Rugby...
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Saracens in European final ecstasy again but Gloucester Rugby come up short
There were mixed emotions for the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides at BT Murraryfield this weekend, as Saracens retained their European Champions Cup crown but Gloucester Rugby fell just short of clinching the...
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Premiership Rugby announce Land Rover Discovery of the Season Shortlist
Six of the brightest young stars of English rugby are today revealed on the shortlist for this season’s Land Rover Discovery of the Season award. Players from Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins,...
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England training camp squad announcement
Twenty-six players will assemble in Brighton from Tuesday 16 May until Thursday 18 May for a three-day England training camp. With the players from the four Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finalists – Wasps,...
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Match Reaction: ASM Clermont Auvergne 17 Saracens 28
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes his all-conquering side are still improving all the time, after they claimed their second straight Champions Cup title on Saturday. The current Aviva...
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Owen Farrell named EPCR European Player of the Year
Owen Farrell capped off a memorable night at BT Murrayfield by being named EPCR European Player of the Year – presented by Turkish Airlines – and receiving the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy. The Saracens...
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Champions Cup Final Match Report: ASM Clermont Auvergne 17 Saracens 28
Saracens’ tilt at an historic double-double is still very much alive after they claimed the European Champions Cup for the second year running, beating ASM Clermont Auvergne 17-28 at BT Murrayfield. The...
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Tickets now on sale for 2018 Bilbao finals
As Edinburgh prepares for today’s showpiece Champions Cup decider, tickets are now on sale for the 2018 finals weekend in Bilbao. The Champions Cup will be lifted at San Mamés Stadium in the city on...
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Aviva Community Player of the Season shortlist announced
Five inspirational players have made the shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Community Player of the Season, including three England internationals. Bath Rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguni and Saracens’ Chris...
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MATCH REACTION: Gloucester Rugby 17 Stade Francais 25
Gloucester Rugby coach David Humphreys could not hold back his disappointment after his side were overpowered by Stade Francais in the Challenge Cup final at BT Murraryfield. It all started so well for the...
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MATCH REPORT: Gloucester Rugby 17 Stade Francais 25
Gloucester Rugby suffered a heartbreaking European Challenge Cup final defeat as they were overpowered by Stade Francais. Jonny May’s fantastic interception helped the Cherry and Whites race into an early...
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North strives to do the Lions jersey justice
George North’s status as a Wales superstar is already assured, but now he has his mind set on joining the likes of Premiership Rugby legends Lawrence Dallaglio and Martin Johnson in British & Irish...
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Gloucester Rugby name side for European Rugby Challenge Cup Final
Gloucester Rugby make six changes to the line-up that started against Exeter Chiefs last weekend as they name their side to face Stade Francais in Friday’s European Rugby Challenge Cup Final. There are...
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Former England and Bath prop Duncan Bell on Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week can be a powerful coping tool for athletes to open up about their inner demons, insists Duncan Bell. Former England prop Bell played more than 200 times for Bath Rugby in a nine...
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Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season shortlist announced
Three Directors of Rugby who have enjoyed exceptional seasons have been shortlisted for the Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season award. Mark McCall, the three-time winner from Saracens is bidding for an...
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Champions Cup play-off dates and kick-off times
EPCR can confirm the dates and kick-off times for the Champions Cup play-offs to determine which club secures the 20th place in the 2017/18 tournament. (Kick-off times local) Friday 19 May Play-off 2: Stade...
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Rhodes: Saracens prepared to do battle with Clermont
Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes admits their squad is abuzz at the moment as preparations for their European Champions Cup final against Clermont reach fever pitch. Rhodes – who was named Saracens’ Players...
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Sale Sharks and the Royal British Legion use rugby to help military veterans back into work and tackle social isolation
A stunning pre-match display from a team of Royal Marines marked the launch of a new Sale Sharks community programme that uses rugby to help military veterans across the North West get back into work. The...
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Ben Moon relishing last four encounter at Exeter Chiefs
Ben Moon says he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates are just “one hard shift” away from returning to Twickenham and a place in the Aviva Premiership Final for the second year running. The Chiefs confirmed a...
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Travis Perkins Group takes shirt sponsorship to a new level 
The Travis Perkins Group are continuing their long standing commitment to Northampton Saints next season by announcing a new shirt sponsor from within their portfolio of businesses. The longest historical...
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Wynand Olivier pens new Worcester Warriors deal
Worcester Warriors centre Wynand Olivier has put pen to paper on a new deal to remain at Sixways. The Springbok, who has played 41 times for Warriors since joining the Club in October 2015, impressed in his...
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Sandy Park Fire Update
Sandy Park remains fully open for business despite a small kitchen fire at the venue overnight. Firefighters from the Devon and Somerset Fire Service were called to the stadium in the early hours of this...
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Taulupe Faletau named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month
Bath Rugby No.8 Taulupe Faletau has today been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for April 2017. Faletau is now fully fit and firing on all cylinders for his club, attracting the attention...
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Harlequins’ Karl Dickson to become a professional referee
Karl Dickson will join the Rugby Football Union’s Professional Game Match Officials Team (PGMOT) next season following his retirement from Harlequins. Dickson, 34, began his refereeing qualifications in...
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Jimmy Gopperth scoops double at Wasps Awards
Jimmy Gopperth’s stand-out season for Wasps was recognised at Wasps’ 2017 Awards at the Ricoh Arena last night, as he won both Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the Season. The Aviva Premiership’s...
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Referee appointments: Owens set to reach milestone
Nigel Owens will take charge of his 100th tournament match when he referees the highly-anticipated European Rugby Champions Cup final between Saracens and Clermont Auvergne this weekend. The clash, which...
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Northampton Saints sign Super Rugby prop Francois van Wyk
Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Western Force prop Francois van Wyk for the 2017/18 season. The 25-year-old loose head is South African-born and represented his hometown club Western...
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McCall priming Saracens to retain European crown
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is determined not to dwell on his side’s defeat to Wasps on the final day of the Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season ahead of their European Champions Cup final...
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Gloucester’s Jeremy Thrush draws on experience for European final
Gloucester second row Jeremy Thrush believes experience will be vital ahead of his side’s assault on the European Challenge Cup final in Edinburgh on Friday night. The Cherry & Whites take on Stade...
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England drawn in Pool C for Rugby World Cup 2019
Today England were drawn in Pool C for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. They will play France, Argentina, Americas 1 and Oceania 2. All fixture dates, venues and kick off times to be confirmed by Japan 2019...
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World Rugby announces historic eligibility regulation reform
An historic programme of reform of rugby’s international eligibility regulation has been approved by the World Rugby Council today at its special meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Regulation 8 change follows...
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Toby Flood returns to Newcastle Falcons
Toby Flood is returning to Newcastle Falcons, the club having re-signed the 60-times-capped England fly-half from French giants Toulouse. The Falcons academy graduate, 31, rejoins the Kingston Park club...
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Saracens confirm 2016/17 Club award winners and leavers at ‘Big Bash’ awards night
The 2016/2017 Big Bash took place on Saturday evening and the gathered crowds enjoyed a spectacular afternoon and evening of festivities. The Wasps match was screened live before Masquerade performed in the...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby records smashed in 2016-17 season
Aviva Premiership Rugby records continued to tumble in Round 22, as the curtain came down on what has already been a historic season so far. Defending champions Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, and Leicester Tigers...
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Hat-trick hero Thomas Young, Jonny May and Vereniki Goneva top the latest OPTA stats rankings
Wasps flanker Thomas Young – son of director of rugby Dai – scored a memorable hat-trick as his side secured top spot and a home semi-final in Round 22 of the Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season. As well...
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Finborough School U12s win chance to go to Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham
Riley Anderson and his Finborough School U12s team secured a spot as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham in May after success at this weekend’s Northampton Saints leg of the Land Rover...
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Gloucester Rugby confirm signing of Jason Woodward
Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce the signing of Jason Woodward from Bristol Rugby as the club’s preparations for 2017-18 continue to move forward. Woodward, who was a shining light in...
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Fans flock back to Newcastle Falcons after a season of progress
Following their best campaign in recent memory, Newcastle Falcons’ season ticket membership sales for 2017-18 are already well ahead of the same time last year. A much-improved showing in 2016-17 saw...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 22 Round-up
Director of rugby Dai Young has his fingers crossed that Wasps are ready to soar when the chips are down after holding on to top spot on the final weekend of the Aviva Rugby Premiership Rugby regular season...
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Welford Road sets attendance record
The 2016/17 season has become a record-breaker at the home of the Leicester Tigers. More than 374,000 supporters bought tickets for Tigers home fixtures at Welford Road over 16 games in league and cups...
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Sale Sharks announce signing of South Africa international Faf de Klerk
Sale Sharks have announced the signing of South Africa international Faf de Klerk. The Springbok scrum half will be joining the Premiership club on a three-year deal. At 25 de Klerk has made 11 appearances...
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Champions Cup qualification 2017/18 and play-offs
Following yesterday’s final rounds of matches in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO12 and TOP 14 regular seasons, EPCR can confirm that the following 19 clubs have qualified for the 2017/18 Champions...
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Match Reaction: Wasps 35 Saracens 15
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is hoping his side are finally getting used to the ‘big occasions’, after finishing top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby pile with a resounding 35-15 victory over Saracens....
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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 23 Leicester Tigers 28
Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor believes a hard-fought win over Worcester Warriors at Sixways was the perfect preparation for the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals. Tigers headed into the clash...
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Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 22 Harlequins 20
Harlequins centre Joe Marchant found his side in a peculiar position as they lost 22-20 to Northampton Saints but – courtesy of a losing bonus point – gained automatic qualification to Europe’s premier club...
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Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 27 Bath Rugby 24
Todd Blackadder is adamant his Bath Rugby side can call this season a success, despite missing out on the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four with defeat to Sale Sharks. The West Country side lost out 27-24 at...
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Match Reaction: Bristol Rugby 27 Newcastle Falcons 39
Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards admits his side are a bit down after just missing out on a Champions Cup play-off place despite beating Bristol Rugby 39-27. Needing a win and defeats for...
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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 20 Exeter Chiefs 34
Rob Baxter says Exeter Chiefs will be relishing the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final after they secured a home tie against Saracens with a win at Gloucester Rugby. Chiefs came from behind and ran in four...
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Ben Youngs withdraws from Lions squad for family reasons
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the squad for the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand for family reasons. The wife of Ben’s brother Tom has been battling cancer for...
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Young calls home semifinal 'massive' for Wasps
Thomas Young describes the importance of clinching a home semifinal after scoring a hat trick in Wasps' win over Saracens.
McCall, Saracens preparing for Exeter
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall says his team is looking ahead to a game against Exeter after a loss at Wasps.
Will Welch says Newcastle has taken huge steps
Newcastle took care of business against Bristol, but it was not enough as the team must look ahead to next season.
Richards says Newcastle continues improving
Newcastle Director of Rugby Dean Richard and his team beat Bristol, but are left to look ahead to next season.
Northampton disappointed with table position
While Courtney Lawes and Northampton beat Harlequins, they are left to consider where they lost ground in the season.
Christian Wade equals season try record
Christian Wade corrals a lucky bounce and scores to tie the single-season try record.
Jonny May scores second try against Exeter
Jonny May jukes an Exeter defender and runs in for his second try of the game.
Newcastle's Goneva scores on interception try
Vereniki Goneva intercepts a Bristol pass and goes the length of the field to extend Newcastle's lead.
Josh Charnley extends Sale's lead over Bath
Josh Charnley works around some Bath defenders and scores to extend Sale's lead.
Joe Marchant gives Harlequins the lead
Joe Marchant dives across the line to give Harlequins the lead on Northampton.
Wasps' Thomas Young responds with try
Thomas Young scores off a clever pass to give Wasps the lead on Saracens.
Ian Whitten weaves through Gloucester for try
Ian Whitten had support, but worked his way through the Gloucester defense to score a try for Exeter.
Ben Spencer sprints for opening try
Ben Spencer runs right up the gut to give Saracens a lead over Wasps.
Denny Solomona bulldozes for a Sale try
Denny Solomona works his way through several Bath players to score for Sale.
Chris Pennell scores as Worcester responds
Chris Pennell reaches across the line to get Worcester a try back against Leicester.
Leicester power through for try against Worcester
Tom Youngs leads Leicester in for a try against Worcester.
Jonny May runs an interception back for a try
Just as Exeter was building an attack, Jonny May picks off a pass and runs it back for a Gloucester try.
Max Clark goes beneath the posts to score for Bath
Max Clark sprints up the middle to give Bath a try against Sale.
George North puts Saints on the board
George North takes a quick pass and runs in for a try against Harlequins.
Lewis Ludlow opens scoring for Gloucester
Lewis Ludlow scores an early try to put Gloucester on the board against Exeter.
Newcastle's Mark Wilson scores first
Chris Harris helps set up Mark Wilson as Newcastle takes a lead on Bristol.
Northampton Saints team news versus Harlequins
The Northampton Saints team has been named for final home match of the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership season against Harlequins. There are a number of changes to the team which began last week’s game at Exeter....
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Saracens name team to face Wasps
Saracens have named their team to face Wasps in round 22 of the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, kick-off 16h00 (Live on BT Sport). Schalk Brits will skipper Saracens in the Aviva...
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Wasps team to play Saracens at the Ricoh Arena
Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Saracens at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, in the final game of the regular Aviva Premiership season, kick off 4pm. Over 30,000 are expected at the...
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Olly Woodburn crowned Exeter Chiefs’ Player of the Year
Olly Woodburn described being crowned as the Exeter Chiefs Player of the Year as his “proudest moment” in rugby following the club’s annual awards night on Thursday. The talented winger, who last weekend...
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Bristol Rugby confirm departing player list
Bristol Rugby have confirmed their squad for the 2017/18 season, as Pat Lam takes the helm as incoming Head Coach. Lam brings Conor McPhillips (Assistant Coach) and Paul Bunce (Head of Performance) with him...
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Newcastle Falcons team to face Bristol Rugby
Newcastle Falcons have made just one change to their line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership climax at Bristol, Opeti Fonua coming into the side at No 8. The Tongan international replaces Callum Chick in...
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Bath Rugby make four changes for trip to Sale Sharks
Bath Rugby has made four changes to the starting line-up for the last game of the regular Aviva Premiership season against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, kick-off 16:00. Beno Obano replaces the injured...
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Matt Scott returns as Gloucester announce team to face Exeter Chiefs
Centre Matt Scott will make his first Gloucester appearance since early March, returning in the midfield as the Cherry and Whites make eight changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Aviva...
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Sale Sharks Team News vs Bath Rugby
Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Bath Rugby for their final game in the Aviva Premiership at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday (kick off 4.00pm). The Sharks are looking to finish the season on a...
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Leicester Tigers team news for Round 22
Leicester Tigers have made just one change to their starting team for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 22 fixture away to Worcester Warriors, with Peter Betham recalled in place of the injured JP...
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Exeter Chiefs side to face Gloucester Rugby
There may be one round of the scheduled Aviva Premiership season to go, but there is still plenty to do for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs over the coming weeks. It starts tomorrow at Kingsholm where...
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James Horwill wants Harlequins to end season on a high against Northampton
James Horwill is determined to end Harlequins’ inconsistent Aviva Premiership Rugby season on a high with a win over Northampton. Quins know a win will secure automatic qualification to next season’s...
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Bristol Rugby Team News vs Newcastle Falcons
Bristol Rugby round off the Aviva Premiership campaign against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (4pm KO). Mark Tainton names an unchanged starting line-up for the last game of the season, as Marc Jones...
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Four Worcester Warriors changes for season finale
Worcester Warriors have made four changes to the starting line-up ahead of their final Aviva Premiership game of the season against Leicester Tigers at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 4pm). Donncha O’...
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Kyle Sinckler to make 100th appearance for Harlequins
Harlequins has announced the squad to play Northampton Saints in the final Round of the Aviva Premiership, at Franklin’s Gardens, on Saturday, kick-off 16:00 (live on BT Sport). There is just one change to...
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Bristol Rugby’s Mitch Eadie: We owe the fans one last big performance
Bristol Rugby’s Mitch Eadie has issued a rallying cry to his teammates to play for the fans in their final Aviva Premiership Rugby match of the season against Newcastle Falcons this weekend. The Bristolian...
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Live Premiership Rugby to air on terrestrial TV for first time as Channel 5 wins competitive bid
Premiership Rugby matches will be shown live on terrestrial television for the first time in the competition’s history, as Premiership Rugby and Channel 5 today confirm a landmark four-year deal. The...
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Worcester Warriors sign young Northampton Saints fly-half Sam Olver
Warriors have captured the signing of young Northampton Saints fly-half Sam Olver. The 22-year-old, who will join the Club in the summer, becomes Warriors’ fifth signing ahead of the 2017/18 campaign...
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Hodgson keen to break more records with Newcastle Falcons
Joel Hodgson is eager to play his part in a key moment in Newcastle Falcons’ recent history this weekend. Falcons claimed a 16-14 victory over Worcester Warriors last Friday, which took them to nine wins...
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Mike Hynard to become new Academy Manager at Saracens
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY can today confirm that Mike Hynard their Head of Academies and Development has been appointed the new Academy Manager at Saracens. Hynard joined Premiership Rugby in 2012, from Saracens,...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby TV coverage on BT Sport and ITV Sport
The Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season reaches its climax this weekend and supporters will be able to follow the 2016-17 campaign’s decisive moments live on BT Sport. Both Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-...
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Exeter Chiefs’ Haydn Thomas to call time on career
Haydn Thomas says he is looking forward to an exciting new chapter in his Exeter Chiefs career after confirming he will be retiring from playing at the end of the season. The long-serving scrum-half has...
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Newcastle Falcons will keep their shape in season climax, says Joel Hodgson
Joel Hodgson says Newcastle Falcons won’t be sucked into playing helter-skelter rugby during Saturday’s Aviva Premiership climax in Bristol, with a European Champions Cup play-off place up for grabs. To...
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No let up from Ian Whitten and Exeter Chiefs in chase for home semi-final
Exeter Chiefs head to Kingsholm on an unprecedented run of Aviva Premiership Rugby form and centre Ian Whitten insists his side will not let up in the bid to secure a home semi-final. The Chiefs have...
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Carlo Festuccia to retire at the end of the season
Wasps announce today that Italian international Carlo Festuccia will retire at the end of the 2016/17 season, after an impressive 19-year career in professional rugby. The 36-year-old hooker is a firm fans...
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Steve Diamond pays tribute to outgoing players at Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond today paid tribute to the players who will be leaving the club at the end of the current season. He said, “It’s always hard to say goodbye to players at the end...
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James Haskell knows Wasps must be at their best to see off old foes Saracens
James Haskell knows the importance of Wasps finishing the season strongly and making sure they have a home advantage in the semi-finals. Wasps top the table going into the final game of the Aviva...
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Leicester Tigers fans honour their Players of the Year
Ellis Genge was a double winner at the Leicester Tigers Supporters’ Awards at Welford Road on Tuesday. Picking up the Young Player of the Year and Best Newcomer awards, as voted by the supporters,...
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Worcester Warriors’ Rapava Ruskin banned for six weeks
The charge against Val Rapava Ruskin of Worcester Warriors for acts contrary to good sportsmanship, contrary to law 10.4(m), was heard in Bristol this evening. Rapava Ruskin pleaded guilty and was given a...
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Francois Louw: We need to build a gap before chasing tries
Francois Louw insists Bath Rugby will not go all-out attack at Sale Sharks on Saturday – even if they do need a bonus-point win to boost their chances of securing an Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final spot...
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Match Officials for this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby
As the Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season reaches its conclusion, there is still a lot to play for at the top of the table with three sides chasing a precious top-two finish to ensure they have home...
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Webber hopes Sale Sharks can stop Bath Rugby’s top four ambitions
Sale Sharks hooker Rob Webber insists his teammates will do everything in their power to thwart Bath Rugby’s hopes of a top-four finish in their last Aviva Premiership Rugby match this weekend. Todd...
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European Finals, Edinburgh 2017 – Match Officials appointments
Nigel Owens of Wales will referee his 100th tournament match when he takes charge of the European Champions Cup final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, 13 May....
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Donncha O’Callaghan and Sam Lewis scoop two trophies apiece at Worcester Warriors awards
Warriors duo Donncha O’Callaghan and Sam Lewis scooped two awards apiece at Tuesday night’s End of Season Awards event at Sixways Stadium. With fans, sponsors, players and coaches in attendance...
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WillGriff John Joins Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of Tighthead Prop WillGriff John from Doncaster Knights. Born in Plymouth, WillGriff, 24, started his playing career at Pontypridd as well as representing...
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Gloucester Rugby boost front row resources with signing of Gareth Denman
Gloucester Rugby can confirm the news today that prop Gareth Denman will join the club in the summer from Aviva Premiership rivals Northampton Saints. The 26-year-old Rotherham-born front rower will link up...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby stars reveal the things you didn’t know when quizzed by next generation
Some of the biggest names in the country have been put through gruelling interviews by Aviva’s next generation of ultimate mini fans. They were placed in the spotlight, answered a few unusual questions...
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The Premiership Rugby Final Photographic competition
To mark exactly one month to go to the 15th Premiership Rugby Final, on 27 May, Premiership Rugby are holding a photography competition celebrating this event which has consistently been the biggest club...
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Ton-up Thompstone out to finish the job with Leicester Tigers
Adam Thompstone hit the personal landmark of 100 Leicester Tigers starts last weekend but he’d like to sign off the 2016-17 campaign with a much less round number to his name. After all, Saturday’s crucial...
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Worcester Warriors and Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati joins Newcastle Falcons
Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati will add his considerable physical prowess to Newcastle Falcons’ pack next season, having joined from fellow Aviva Premiership club Worcester Warriors. The 29-year-old has been...
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RFU Disciplinary: Val Rapava Ruskin
Val Rapava Ruskin of Worcester Warriors will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship, law 10.4(m). The prop pushed match official Greg Garner in the back...
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Worcester Warriors confirm summer player departures
Worcester Warriors can confirm that 18 first-team and five Academy players will leave the Club this summer when their contracts at Sixways come to an end. Warriors Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: “I...
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Match Reaction: Northampton Wanderers 36 Gloucester United 15
Flanker Ben Nutley believes cutting out the errors that dogged their first half was key in Northampton Wanderers defeating Gloucester United in the Aviva A League final on Monday. A disjointed first half at...
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Chris Vui to join Bristol Rugby from Worcester Warriors
Samoan international Chris Vui will swap Worcester Warriors for Bristol Rugby in the summer. The exciting 24 year-old – who can play lock forward or in the back row – earned his first cap during the 2016...
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Over 26,000 and counting for Wasps v Saracens on Saturday
Over 26,000 tickets have already been sold for Wasps’ clash against Saracens this Saturday, with the winner of the contest set to earn a home Aviva Premiership Semi Final. With tickets selling fast,...
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Jack Nowell, David Ribbans, Ben Youngs and Calum Green top the latest OPTA Rugby Rankings
The Opta statistics made for good reading for England international Jack Nowell, after his virtuoso performance in Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season last weekend. The Exeter Chiefs wing, who...
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Highly rated trio sign for Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby have added three highly-rated young players to their ranks as plans for the 2017/18 season continue to take shape. 20 year-old full back Mat Protheroe and 23 year-old back rower Dan Thomas...
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Huw Taylor signs Worcester Warriors first-team deal
Huw Taylor is the latest youngster set to graduate from the Warriors Academy after signing a first-team deal from the summer of 2017. With Josh Adams, Jamie Shillcock and Jack Singleton already having...
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Match Report: Northampton Wanderers 36 Gloucester United 15
Tom Collins scored two tries as Northampton Wanderers produced a dominant second-half display to defeat Gloucester United in the Aviva A League final at Franklin’s Gardens. It’s the Wanderers...
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‘Worcester Warriors will not let up against Leicester Tigers,’ says Heem
Worcester Warriors’ Bryce Heem insists that ‘professional pride will always prevail’ as his side look to derail Leicester Tigers’ bid to reach the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals next weekend. Warriors...
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Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 21 Round-up
Retiring Harlequins legend Nick Evans is determined to deliver European Champions Cup rugby to the Twickenham Stoop next year after helping his side beat Wasps at the weekend. A 22-point haul for the Kiwi...
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Rob Buchanan commits to Harlequins
Harlequins is delighted to confirm today (Monday 1st May) that hooker Rob Buchanan has re-signed for the Club. Confirming the news, Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston, said: “I am delighted that...
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Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 44 Gloucester Rugby 20
Director of rugby Todd Blackadder hailed Taulupe Faletau’s performance as world class after his hat-trick inspired Bath Rugby to a 44-20 win over local rivals Gloucester Rugby. Aled Brew, Max Clark and...
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Matches on BT Sport confirmed for next Saturday 
Premiership Rugby can confirm the two Aviva Premiership Rugby matches that will be shown live on BT Sport next Saturday, 6 May. With all matches kicking off at 4pm BT Sport will show Wasps v Saracens and...
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Match Reaction: Saracens 27 Bristol Rugby 9
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admitted his team’s performance in their 27-9 victory over Bristol Rugby fell well short of their high standards but refused to let their shortcomings spoil the...
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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 41 Sale Sharks 18
Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor paid tribute to Freddie Burns after the fly-half inspired his side to a 41-18 victory over Sale Sharks on what was his final appearance at Welford Road. Burns...
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Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 36 Northampton Saints 12
Ali Hepher believes Exeter Chiefs have finally played at their best after a fine victory over Northampton Saints moved them level on points at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table. Wasps’ defeat at...
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Late change to Northampton Saints squad
Tom Wood is a late withdrawal from today’s Northampton Saints team that is playing Exeter Chiefs. Christian Day comes into the team to wear No 4. Courtney Lawes moves to the back row to wear No 6 and...
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Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold was left stunned and disappointed after Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua struck late to edge Warriors 16-14 at Kingston Park. Gold’s side missed...
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Match Reaction: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13
Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans signed off from the Stoop with a majestic performance as he kicked 22 points against Wasps but the mercurial No.10 insisted the job is still only half done. The 36-year-old...
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Alafoti Faosiliva commits future to Worcester Warriors
Samoa international Alafoti Faosiliva will continue his Sixways career after committing his future to the Club. The 31-year-old arrived at Sixways last summer and has gone on to score two tries in 15...
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Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby
Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park, kick-off 15h00. It will be an emotional day at Allianz Park, as club legends Neil de Kock and...
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Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs
The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles and Stephen Myler have forced two changes to the starting line-up which began the...
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Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby
Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against Gloucester Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, kick-off 15:00. One of nine...
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Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath
Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one change for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership fixture away at Bath Rugby. Despite the physical...
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Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints
Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their momentum in this season’s Aviva Premiership. Having clocked up a 13-match unbeaten streak...
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Leicester Tigers team news for final home game
Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home game of the season, against Sale Sharks on Saturday. Kitchener, signed from...
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Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens
Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The back rower is one of two changes to the side that suffered defeat to...
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Four Changes For Sharks Ahead of Tigers Clash
Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Leicester Tigers this Saturday at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership (kick off 3pm). Steve Diamond’s side have been training hard, looking to bounce...
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Callum Chick not given up on top-six finish for Newcastle Falcons
Promising Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick hasn’t given up on helping his side qualify for a Champions Cup place next season, ahead of Friday night’s match against Worcester Warriors. For...
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Jack Singleton still buzzing after baptism of fire at Worcester Warriors
Jack Singleton admits he never expected to get as much Aviva Premiership Rugby game time as he has had this season with Worcester Warriors – but the 20-year-old hooker has relished every second at Sixways....
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Saracens sign Wales international lock Dominic Day
Saracens have completed the signing of Wales international lock forward Dominic Day for the for the upcoming 2017/18 season. 31-year old lock-forward Day will join the north Londoners on a two-year deal...
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Tom Heathcote extends his stay at Worcester Warriors
Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Scotland international Tom Heathcote has put pen to paper on a new contract to extend his stay at Sixways. The 25-year-old, who arrived at the Club in the...
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Minimum standards criteria results
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has considered the findings of an independent audit report of the Greene King IPA Championship semi-finalists assessing their eligibility for promotion to the Aviva...
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World Rugby welcomes Berlin Consensus Statement on concussion in sport
Expert group publishes comprehensive review of scientific papers on concussion Rugby continues to be aligned with recommended best practice Cross-sport approach designed to benefit participants with...
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Mark Lambert issues rallying call for Harlequins’ top-six push
A third season in a row without top flight European rugby is not an option for a club of Harlequins’ stature – according to prop Mark Lambert. But with Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Wasps the visitors to...
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Gloucester’s Henry Trinder: Top-six place at stake adds to West Country derby
Gloucester will be travelling to The Rec for their West Country derby against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday in a confident mood, according to their centre Henry Trinder. Both sides were in...
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Referee appointments: Barnes, Garner and Doyle all in action
Three of Aviva Premiership Rugby’s most experienced referees will take to the field this weekend as another highly-charged round of action gets underway. With just two rounds to go until the competition...
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Wasps team to play Harlequins at The Stoop
Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to travel to The Twickenham Stoop on Friday night to face Harlequins, kick off 7.45pm. Josh Bassett is set to make his 50th appearance for the club, as he is...
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Newcastle Falcons team to face Worcester Warriors
Sonatane Takulua returns as one of five changes to Newcastle Falcons’ team for Friday’s Aviva Premiership visit of Worcester Warriors to Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 8pm). The Tonga scrum-half is the...
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Heem returns for Worcester Warriors for Newcastle Falcons trip
Worcester Warriors have made four changes to the starting line-up ahead of Friday night’s trip to Kingston Park to take on Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership (kick-off 8pm). Winger Bryce Heem...
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Harlequins team to play Wasps
Harlequins has announced the team to play Wasps in Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership at The Stoop tomorrow, kick-off 19:45 (live on BT Sport). The match is sold out. The starting 15 remains unchanged from...
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Ian Evans to retire from professional rugby
Based on medical advice, Ian Evans has regrettably had to retire from professional rugby following fifteen years in the sport. The 32 year-old suffered an incapacitating knee injury which prevents him from...
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Saracens to bid farewell to legendary pair against Bristol
On Saturday afternoon Saracens will bid a final farewell to two of the club’s most revered players, with Kelly Brown and Neil de Kock playing their final games of their illustrious careers. In what promises...
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Jon Fisher to take a break from professional rugby
Jonathan Fisher, by mutual agreement with Bristol Rugby, has opted to take time out to assess his playing career following ten years in the top flight. The 28 year-old, who made ten appearances for Bristol...
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Planning Application for Allianz Park West Stand Improvement Approved by Barnet Council
Saracens are pleased to announce that planning application to improve Allianz Park has now been approved by Barnet Council at hearing on Wednesday evening (26th April) at Hendon Town Hall. The main element...
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Fruean expecting extra special derby for Bath Rugby
The contrasting fortunes of Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby in their respective European Challenge Cup semi-finals will add extra spice to their Aviva Premiership Rugby meeting this weekend according to...
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Fitzgerald confident Leicester Tigers can go all the way to Aviva Premiership Rugby Final
Leicester Tigers’ Mike Fitzgerald admits it’s been a tricky year for the club on and off the pitch but is confident the squad is good enough to reach the Aviva Premiership Rugby final. The Tigers are on...
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Sale Sharks’ Denny Solomona licking his lips at chance to join England ranks
Sale Sharks’ Denny Solomona admits he is relishing the chance to taste international rugby following his inclusion in England’s squad to tour Argentina, but insists he still has a lot to improve on. The New...
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