Chasing pack struggle in Gallagher Premiership Round One

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After less than a month away, Premiership rugby is back. Champions Exeter Chiefs have already taken their usual spot at the top of the league table, after putting in the most convincing win of Gallagher Premiership Round One. They beat Harlequins, who are joined at the bottom of the table by fellow ‘mid-table’ chasers Gloucester […] READ MORE


La Rochelle lead covid-affected Top 14

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La Rochelle leads the French Top 14 after eight rounds of league action, after beating top of the table Clermont Auvergne  19-10. Last Word on Rugby brings you a summary of this weekend’s action and senior editor James Barker looks at the disrupted season so far. #TOP14 – J8Il y en a eu pour tous […] READ MORE


When will we see an Italy Six Nations win again?

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Another Six Nations tournament passes without a victory for Italy. It is now five years since they won a match in the Championship, and they are looking less likely to do so every year. Where is it all going wrong? Fewer leading players at big European clubs In the last 10-15 years, Italy had several […] READ MORE


England can claim Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam

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With four wins out of four, England have won the Women’s Six Nations. They will now go for the Grand Slam against Italy on Sunday 1 November. What a weekend of 🏉!! An immense comeback from @scotlandteam against a great @FranceRugby side sees them move to fifth. Can @EnglandRugby complete the Grand Slam!? We’ll see […] READ MORE


Ireland secure win with Hugo Keenan debut tries

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Round Four of the 2020 Six Nations has finally been completed. Ireland have kept themselves in the running for the title with a 50-17 victory over Italy. Debutant winger Hugo Keenan scored two tries to help seal the bonus point win. Debutant Hugo Keenan shines After a very early yellow card for Conor Murray, which […] READ MORE


Lee Blackett leads new era of young English coaches

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Wasps, led by 37 year old Lee Blackett, have stormed into the Gallagher Premiership final. His team will come up against serial finalists Exeter Chiefs and new European champions, of course led by Rob Baxter. This has therefore created the first final since 2013 with two Englishmen in charge of the two teams. These two […] READ MORE


Was Gallagher Premiership home advantage reduced without crowds?

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Whilst sports stadiums remain mostly empty around the world, the concept of home advantage has been put under the spotlight. The first football to return, the German Bundesliga, saw a significant increase in away wins. Early analysis by EPSN showed the percentage of home wins had halved. Recently, the English Premier League saw Leicester City […] READ MORE


Sale Sharks claim silverware in Premiership Rugby Cup Final

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Six months late, but the first silverware of the 2019/20 English season has been claimed. Sale Sharks won the Premiership Rugby Cup final, beating Harlequins 27-19.  Sale Sharks win Premiership Rugby Cup Final The game ignited after a yellow card for Harlequins’ Stephan Lewies, with Sale scoring ten points during the sin-bin period.  Hooker Curtis […] READ MORE


Owen Farrell banned for five games

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The much anticipated disciplinary panel of the England captain has laid down the punishment. It sees Owen Farrell banned for five games. This rules him out of the Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster. Owen Farrell appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel this evening and has been handed a five-match suspension. — Saracens Rugby Club […] READ MORE


Jason Woodward looking for 80 minute performance from Gloucester

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Gallagher Premiership action continues to come thick and fast as Round 18 approaches. Gloucester will face London Irish at Kingsholm, with both sides still hopeful of claiming a Champions Cup spot for next season. Jason Woodward and Alex King spoke to the media ahead of this game. James Barker brings you the latest insight from Gloucester’s […] READ MORE