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Bath Worcester

Bath Reduced To 11 Players As Worcester Claim Last-Gasp Win

Worcester Warriors have claimed a vital victory at home as they overcame Bath 21-19 at Sixways.  In what was a bizarre end to the game, the away side were reduced to 11 men as discipline went completely out the window. Bath were leading 19-3 at halftime but they were pegged back to 19-11 when Bryce Heem crossed for a try and …

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Denny Solomona Sale Sharks Saracens

Denny Solomona Cut Saracens To Pieces In Superb Sale Try

It’s now three successive wins for Steve Diamond and the Sale Sharks after they overcame Saracens 24-18 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.  The win sees the Sharks up to fourth in the table and they will be determined to secure a coveted playoff spot although there is still a long way to go in the season. Sale …

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Steve Diamond Sale

Steve Diamond Gives His Side Of The Story After Journalist Altercation

Steve Diamond was interviewed by BT Sport before his side’s 24-18 win over Saracens on Friday night where he provides his side of the story to the altercation between himself and journalist Sam Peters which dominated headlines during the week.  Diamond took umbrage to an article Peters wrote back in September where the journalist criticised the Director of Rugby’s approach …

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halfpenny concussion

Headaches Persist For Halfpenny As He Seeks Concussion Specialist

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac has confirmed that Leigh Halfpenny will see a specialist for further assessment on the concussion which has ruled him out of action since November.  Halfpenny’s last game was in November during Wales’ victory over the Wallabies at the Principality Stadium. The fullback was on the receiving end of a late hit from Samu Kerevi when the …

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Billy Vunipola England Injury Joe Launchbury

England Receive Huge Injury Boost As Ireland Six Nations Opener Looms

England have received a big injury boost ahead of their 2019 Six Nations opener against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February 2nd.  Saracens’ Billy Vunipola looks set to play for his club this weekend in the Gallagher Premiership. Vunipola has been absent since he fractured his arm while playing for Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup against the …

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James Lowe Leinster Munster

Blow For Leinster As James Lowe Receives Two Week Ban

Leinster have been dealt a blow with the news that James Lowe has been handed a two-week ban for the red card he received in his side’s 26-17 loss to Munster in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.  Lowe was sent off by referee Frank Murphy in the first half of the ill-tempered clash for colliding with Andrew Conway in the …

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Mick McCarthy Declan Rice

McCarthy Sympathises With Declan Rice Over Ireland Decision

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has sympathised with Declan Rice over the impending decision on his international future.  Newly appointed Ireland boss McCarthy has said he would build his team around Rice if the West Ham midfielder opts to represent the Republic. The 59-year-old manager reiterates the fact that this is a huge decision for a young man to make …

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Connacht Munster Sportsground

Sold Out! Connacht And Munster Set For Packed Sportsground On Saturday

Connacht and Munster will play in front of a full house at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday as the western province confirm that the eagerly-anticipated clash is now sold out.  Huge interest in tickets has led to the club installing additional terracing at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the ground which has now increased the capacity to 8,129. …

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johnny sexton

Poll: Who Will Win The 2019 Six Nations?

Happy new year! We have now entered 2019 and with that comes the World Cup in Japan which is getting closer and closer.  However, there is still plenty of rugby to be played before attention switches to events in the far east. The 2019 Six Nations is just over four weeks away and Ireland will be looking to continue their …

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Owen Farrell England Saracens Leinster

Farrell Cites Leinster Loss As An Example Of How To Turn Things Around

The fine line between winning and losing can boil down to confidence England rugby co-captain Owen Farrell told The Guardian on Tuesday. The 27-year-old fly-half — who has just completed a degree in management and leadership — said this was behind England’s largely disappointing year in 2018 which saw them tamely surrender their two-year reign as Six Nations champions and …

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Chris Cloete Munster

Munster Provide Injury Update After Leinster Battle

Munster Rugby have provided an injury update after their 26-17 win over Leinster at Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.  In what was an incredibly physical affair, the southern province have only noted Chris Cloete as a fresh injury worry ahead of Saturday’s trip to Galway to take on Connacht. Cloete left the pitch on a stretcher with …

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aboubakar kamara fulham

Fulham To Take Action Over Kamara Racist Abuse

Fulham have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” after striker Aboubakar Kamara was racially abused on social media following his penalty miss against Huddersfield on Saturday. The Frenchman was strongly criticised by his manager Claudio Ranieri for disobeying orders to hand over penalty duties to Aleksandar Mitrovic. “It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team …

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