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New England Agreement Means Sam Underhill Now ‘Ineligible’ For England Selection

There was significantly bad news for England fans on Monday evening as the new ‘progressive partnership’ between the RFU and the top English clubs means that Eddie Jones can no longer use the ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause to call up highly-rated openside Sam Underhill. According to The Telegraph, the two organisations have clarified exactly what is meant by ‘exceptional circumstances’ and that it …

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New Eight-Year England And Premiership Clubs ‘Progressive Partnership’ Agreed

English rugby’s governing body, the RFU, and Premiership Rugby – the umbrella organisation for top tier English clubs – have today unveiled a new eight-year agreement that will see the two organisations working closer than ever before. One of the major changes from the previous ‘long form agreements’ is that Premiership clubs will benefit from the successful financial performance of …

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Aviva Premiership 2016/17 Season Predictions – Part 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: The Aviva Premiership Trophy stands on a plinth before the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The 2016/17 Premiership season will see potentially the most competitive year of English domestic rugby ever. With Saracens trying to defend their crown for the third year in a row, and with other teams having a point to prove after poor campaigns last year, it will prove an intriguing battle over the next seven months. In part one of our …

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Premiership Rugby Issues Statement Pertinent To Foreign Players After Brexit Vote

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership Final

The decision to leave the European Union could have knock on consequences for the Premiership. Although Britain will not leave the European Union for at least another two years, this morning’s referendum result has reverberated around the globe. Within minutes of the result being declared, David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister, the markets crashed and Jeremy Corbyn’s position appeared tenuous. …

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The Battle For The Midlands: How Wasps Are Taking Over

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Wasps fans arrive at their new home ground prior to the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and London Irish at the Ricoh Arena on December 21, 2014 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In the beginning it was Leicester and Northampton, with Coventry and Moseley thrown in for good measure. Those were clubs that ruled the roost in the Midlands during the amateur days. Then along came the professional era and with it exciting pioneers and entrepreneurs that wanted to splash the cash and upset the apple cart. Birmingham’s premier rugby club, Moseley, …

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Analysing The Premiership’s Top Stat Champions

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Christian Wade of Wasps scoring his fifth try of the match during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Wasps at Sixways Stadium on April 16, 2016 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

The 2015/16 Premiership campaign is done and dusted but that means there’s time to investigate and see who excelled across each area of the game over the last season. So let’s dive in… Tackles Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) – 230 Julian Salvi (Exeter Chiefs) – 229 Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons) – 226 There was a heavy cry from the north …

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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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