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Five Players Who Can Guide Exeter To Glory

Exeter’s run to the Premiership final is one of the great stories out of the English top flight in recent memory – but do they have the talent to get over the line? Here are five players with vital roles to play in today’s big event at Twickenham. Harry Williams (prop) The long-haired front-row is still a new face in …

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The Millionaires’ Playground: Premiership Rugby Following In Football’s Footsteps

With the arrival of Bristol being confirmed after an aggregate victory over Doncaster in the Championship play-off final, the number of Premiership clubs with multi-millionaire backers is on the rise, emulating the extraordinary amount of investment from private owners in Premier League football. Newly-promoted Championship winners Bristol are owned by Stephen Lansdown, who also runs Bristol Sport, meaning he has …

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The Future Looks Bright For Northampton’s Teimana Harrison

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Teimana Harrison of Northampton breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers at Franklin's Gardens on April 16, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Coaches love a back-row with a phenomenal engine, and as the Premiership season drew to a close arguably no one was working harder for their side, win or lose, than Northampton Saints flanker and number eight Teimana Harrison. Had Eddie Jones ignored his form when naming his squad to tour Australia then there would have been uproar. Harrison’s recent performances have …

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Alex Goode: From World Cup Afterthought To Premiership POTY

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: (L-R) Alex Goode, Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrate after their vicotry during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The new Premiership Player of the Year is now a European champion and on the verge of winning back the England full-back slot permanently for the first time in years – but it’s been a long old road getting to this point. Alex Goode started ten straight Tests for England between 2012 and 2013 before Mike Brown’s form took off …

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Bath: Analysing Three Of The Top Candidates To Replace Mike Ford

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 18: Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons at the Recreation Ground on March 18, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The shock departure of Mike Ford from The Rec has opened up one of the most attractive roles going in the sport. Here are three high profile candidates to be considered for the Bath job. _____ Todd Blackadder The Crusaders head coach will leave Super Rugby’s most successful franchise when his contract expires at the end of the season following eight years …

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French Clubs Sign Staggering 388 Million Euro TV deal

Already the richest clubs in Europe, France’s Top 14 clubs are set to become even wealthier after signing a massive new deal for coverage of the Top 14. The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has put pen to paper on a mammoth new 388 million euro four year contract with Canal+ for the rights to screen the top two tiers …

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London Irish Pin Hopes On Bedford Championship Win

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: London Irish leave the field after their defeat during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park on April 17, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Three of the Championship’s play-off semi-finalists have passed the minimum standards criteria needed to gain access to the Aviva Premiership, but Bedford Blues did not even apply for an audit. It means that in the very likely event one of Bristol, Yorkshire Carnegie or Doncaster win the Championship title, Reading-based London Irish or Newcastle Falcons will be relegated to the …

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How World Cup Failure Led To England’s Club Revival

Although the season began with the worst World Cup campaign in the nation’s history, made worse by being the host nation, it appears an early exit from the globe’s most prestigious tournament has helped the Premiership clubs to flourish once again. After some stunning games of rugby, including Wasps’ last-gap win over Exeter, Leicester’s demolition of French giants Stade Francais, …

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New Salary Cap Changes Could Create Two-Tier Premiership

during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England

As initial details of the new EPS agreement started to come through last night, fans began to speculate on how any changes to this and the Premiership’s salary cap would change the dynamic between club and country. However, with the changes for next season it could effectively create a two-tier Premiership. The salary cap was brought in by Premiership Rugby …

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England: Eddie Jones To Gain More Time With Players

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 15, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The existing EPS agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby is about to run out, but CEO Ian Ritchie and the clubs have been hard at work behind the scenes to create a new agreement that will last for another four years, beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan. As part of the agreement, Eddie Jones will be granted even …

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Australia World Cup Prop Pens Deal With Exeter

Australia prop Greg Holmes has signed a two-year contract with Premiership club Exeter Chiefs. The 32-year-old will make the move to Exeter from Super Rugby’s Queensland Reds at the beginning of next season. With 132 appearances under his belt for the Suncorp Stadium side as well as 24 caps for Australia, the tight-head prop certainly has the experience to help …

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George Ford Signs New Deal With Bath

England fly-half George Ford has signed a new deal with Bath that will keep him at The Rec for another two years. Ford said it was an easy decision to stay in Somerset and comes as massive news for the club on the back of the signings of Welsh duo Toby Faletau and Luke Charteris for next season. Ford has …

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Marland Yarde Commits His Long-Term Future To Quins

England winger Marland Yarde has signed a new multi-year contract with Harlequins after the club confirmed the deal on their website this afternoon. Yarde has scored nine tries in 30 games for Quins after making the move across London from London Irish last year and is delighted to commit his future to the club, claiming it to be a very …

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English Rugby’s Future Looks Bleak

As the world’s best coaches queue up to rule themselves out of the England job, it’s hard to argue that English rugby has never been at a lower ebb than it currently finds itself. The problem that the RFU faces in addressing this is that the proposed solutions – southern-hemisphere coach, celebrity review committee, selecting players who play in France, …

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