Gallagher Premiership playoff race

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With just four rounds remaining, the Gallagher Premiership playoff race tightens, but which teams will manage to overcome the body aches and pains that are beginning to set in and grasp onto a semi-final spot.  Despite the fact, Leicester Tigers and Saracens have already booked a place in the semis, the race for 3rd and […] READ MORE


Saracens vs Bristol key takeout: Sarries defense must improve

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Bristol stalwart Joe Joyce busts through the defence in the dying minutes of Saracens vs Bristol. He sees Jack Bates charging on, and pops the ball to him. Bates gallops towards the try-line, and the crowd erupts at Tottenham Hotspur’s immaculate stadium. Max Malins admits to thinking at the time: “That’s the end of it […] READ MORE


Two more Gallagher Premiership rounds before International Rugby takes over

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With just two more Gallagher Premiership rounds to be played before International Rugby begins, English rugby fans couldn’t be happier with such a full calendar. It happens in the Northern Hemisphere autumn though, last year was so badly interrupted that the pandemic interrupted so much of the calendar, 2021 is gratefully welcomed by stakeholders, players, […] READ MORE


Bristol Bears 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus

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In the second of our new series, Last Word on Rugby will be refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. This time the focus is on Bristol Bears, who will be hoping to recover from their agonising play-off semi-final defeat, after finishing top of the league. Biggest departure The loan duo […] READ MORE


Kyle Sinckler cited for biting (footage inside)

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Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has been cited by the commissioner following the second Lions test in cape Town on Saturday.  Sinckler only citing Despite a possible bite for Stuart Hogg doing the rounds on social media, he has avoided any action, as have Itoje for a knee across the throat area of Damian de Allende. […] READ MORE



Gallagher Premiership semifinals #1: Bristol Bears vs Harlequins

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Opening the penultimate weekend on the domestic calendar, this year’s Gallagher Premiership semifinals start with the enthralling Bristol Bears vs Harlequins, before Exeter vs Sales completes the preliminary finals playoffs. At the outset of this long and arduous 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership campaign, many of those predicting who would be holding the trophy at this point […] READ MORE


2020/21 Premiership Playoffs confirmed after crazy Covid-affected calendar year

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Moving from the regular season to the knockout rounds, as 2020/21 Premiership playoffs places were secured, the reality of this prolonged and somewhat crazy Covid-affected calendar year is shifted into the background. Four teams now ascend to the semi-finals. The penultimate weekend, before the two most accomplished sides will match each other in the Grand […] READ MORE


Bristol Bears: Return to Bear Country

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Bristol Bears welcomed fans back to Ashton Gate, and they did so with panache and passion. Midway during the first half of the Gallagher Premiership fixture between Bristol Bears and Gloucester, BT Sport’s Sara Elgan sat down with Giles. The enraptured Bristol Bears fan was relishing his return to Ashton Gate, finally reunited with his […] READ MORE