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    Leicester 24-10 Gloucester: Tigers bounce back after successive defeats to win their first Premiership victory this season after first half surge

    The Tigers are hardly burning bright in Leicester this year, but they at least felt the warm glow of victory for the first time this season against Gloucester.It was a first-half surge that did the job, they powered to a three-try lead thanks to Ben Youngs and Nick Malouf before Gloucester had woken from their Saturday slumber. The Cherry & Whites would never recover.They did take a try from Josh Hohneck and five kicked points from Billy Twelvetrees but for them the opening day win over the champions Exeter Chiefs looks a distant memory – new head coach Johan Ackermann’s honeymoon ...

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    Australia 45-20 Argentina: Wallabies score five second-half tries to turn Rugby Championship clash

    Australia scored five second-half tries to rally to their first victory of this year's Rugby Championship with a 45-20 win over Argentina at a chilly Canberra Stadium on Saturday.Fullback Israel Folau scored tries either side of halftime and Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese also crossed to secure a bonus point victory.Flyhalf Bernard Foley converted all six tries and kicked a penalty to help the Wallabies back to winning ways after they lost twice to the All Blacks and drew with the Springboks in their first three matches of the competition. Australia beat Argentina 45-20 for their ...

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    Sam Warburton facing four months on sidelines as Wales and Cardiff Blues flanker requires neck surgery

    Sam Warburton requires surgery on a long-standing neck injury and will be sidelined for up to four months.The British and Irish Lions captain exacerbated the problem on his return to training this week and scans revealed that an operation is required.It means Warburton will miss a chunk of the season with the Cardiff Blues and Wales' autumn internationals, leaving Warren Gatland potentially short in the back row. Sam Warburton could be sidelined for four months to undergo surgery on a neck injuryWarburton, 28, has suffered 20 different injuries during his career on everything from concussion and fractured cheekbones to knee ...

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    Jim Mallinder: If you aren't winning then the pressure comes and it does stop you sleeping at night

    Jim Mallinder has revealed what life is like at the sharp end, at a big club in a town where people demand success — sleepless nights, stifling scrutiny and harsh criticism.Week two of the season and the Saints have had to circle the wagons, amid an inquest into their defeat by Saracens last weekend where they shipped 55 points in a capitulation at Twickenham.Ahead of Saturday’s derby with Leicester at Franklin’s Gardens, there has been palpable pressure on Mallinder, who has won a Premiership title and reached a European Cup final in his time at the club. But past glories ...

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    Arrogance of Kiwi fans inspired us in Test showdown against the All Blacks, claims Lions king Courtney Lawes

    Northampton's hitman helped the Lions make a mockery of being written off too soon — now Courtney Lawes is intent on repeating that feat on behalf of his embattled club.The 28-year-old goes into Saturday's East Midlands derby with Leicester armed with recent evidence of how premature criticism can have a galvanising impact on a team.That was the case in New Zealand in June, when Warren Gatland’s Lions overcame a torrent of Kiwi derision to draw an epic series with the supposedly invincible All Blacks. Courtney Lawes will be in the Northampton line-up for the East Midlands derby with LeicesterLawes made ...

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    Manu Tuilagi fears for his career after latest knee blow with Leicester centre facing 12 weeks out and more surgery

    Manu Tuilagi could be forced to retire early from rugby because of his catalogue of injuries.Leicester confirmed Sportsmail's story on Thursday that their centre faces 12 weeks out and yet more surgery.The 26-year-old suffered an injury to his left knee against Bath on Sunday and will miss England's autumn internationals. Manu Tuilagi will go under the knife on Thursday after suffering knee ligament damage Eddie Jones will keep Tuilagi in his thoughts - with the important World Cup on the horizonHe had just returned from an anterior cruciate ligament tear to his right knee. And now one of the UK's leading ...

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    Taulupe Faletau reflects on 'crazy' bungee jump days before third Test and Bath No 8 now has sights firmly set on Champions Cup success

    Taulupe Faletau may have returned a Lions king after drawing the epic series in New Zealand, but what makes him most animated about the tour is a story about George Kruis.The Welsh No 8 played every minute of the three-Test series against the All Blacks and scored a vital try in the Wellington win.But when talking about the trip he is typically nonchalant about his incredible on-field feats – what pushes him to the edge of his seat at Bath's plush Farleigh House training ground is the tale of the Nevis bungee jump.  Taulupe Faletau starred for the British and ...

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    Dan Biggar signs for Northampton with the Wales and Lions fly-half to move from the Ospreys next season

    Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has signed for Northampton.The 27-year-old will move to Franklin's Gardens next season, having agreed a contract that takes effect from the summer of 2018.Biggar, who has won 56 caps and toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions this year, will move to Saints from Welsh region the Ospreys. Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has signed for Northampton, who will move from Ospreys next year Biggar is currently on a national dual contract with the WRU and the OspreysBiggar is currently on a national dual contract with the Ospreys and Welsh Rugby Union, which expires at ...

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    Leicester 23-27 Bath: Max Clark goes over twice for visitors to spoil dream return for Manu Tuilagi despite Jonny May's late double at Welford Road

    Manu Tuilaigi's try on his competitive comeback brought false hope to Leicester on Sunday, as Bath withstood the hosts’ formidable firepower to claim a landmark win at Welford Road.This was not the script, certainly not as Tuilagi or George Ford or the rest of the Tigers’ predatory back line would have imagined it. All the pre-match focus had been on how the East Midlands club had amassed such a devastating arsenal, with the return of Ford, the recovery of Tuilagi and Matt Toomua and the acquisition of Jonny May, but ultimately they were upstaged.Max Clark scored two tries and Semesa ...

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    George Ford opens up about his Leicester return as he prepares to face former side Bath: 'I wanted to be at a club where I could be happy'

    It was not quite the 'welcome home' reception George Ford was expecting on his first day back at Leicester. Four years after leaving the club as a 20-year-old, the golden child returned to find himself shut out of the changing room.'There are two changing rooms at Leicester,' said Ford. 'A junior one and a senior one.'If you've got a family and kids, or a bit of seniority, like an international, then you get invited up. I was in the other one for four years and I didn't really know what to do… so I got changed in the corridor.' George ...

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    London Irish 39-29: Harlequins as Exiles make winning return to Aviva Premiership with a bonus-point victory over Quins at Twickenham

    The luck of the Irish never came into it for the Exiles at Twickenham.Premiership new-boys London Irish confidently swept aside Harlequins, making a mockery of early season predictions.Most sages’ favourites to go down they deserved to beat their closest rivals on their return to the big time, with Brendan McKibbin’s 79th minute score sealing a superb bonus-point win.There will be darker days, less basking in the sun for the promoted Irish, but Premiership survival is all about momentum and now they have it. Tommy Bell breaks away to score his second try for London Irish against Harlequins  Bell evades a ...

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    Pro14: Ospreys 22-13 Zebre as wing Keelan Giles' brace of tries secures nervous win at Liberty Stadium

    Ospreys claimed their first win in Conference A of the expanded Guinness Pro14, but it was far from convincing against Zebre at the Liberty Stadium.Missing some key players, the hosts failed to build on two first-half tries from wing Keelan Giles and prop Ma'afu Fia as the Italians dominated the second half, with Italy fly-half Carlo Canna, claiming a converted try and a penalty.That was before Giles went over for his second try in injury time to relieve some pressure after Zebre had reduced the Ospreys lead to 15-13. Ospreys had led 15-3 at half-time. Keelan Giles brace of tries secured ...

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    Saracens 55-24 Northampton Saints: Sean Maitland scores first-half hat-trick to throw down title gauntlet

    Catch them if you can because, on this evidence, Saracens will be lifting the trophy here in May.They played rugby from the Gods at Twickenham.At times their players threw the ball around like the Fijian Sevens team while their opposition, Northampton, looked like they had just seven players on the pitch as they shipped nine tries. Sean Maitland of Saracens, despite being tackled by Harry Mallinder, scores his first try Maitland's hat-trick formed part of a five-try first-half and sealed the victory for Saracens Maitland of Saracens (C) celebrates with team mates Brad Barritt (R) and Duncan Taylor MATCH FACTS Saracens: ...

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    Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter cannot wait to see which players sink or swim this season

    Rob Baxter cannot wait to see how the Exeter Chiefs cope with being Premiership champions, saying he is fascinated to see which players sink or swim under pressure.The Devonians won the league last summer just seven years after promotion from the Championship, beating Wasps in extra time at Twickenham.And now they are ploughing new ground once more, thrust into the role as the hunted top dog. Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter is looking forward to the start of the new season 'The thing I am most looking forward to is seeing which guys stand up and act, perform and ...

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    England star Emily Scarratt says she 'feels empty' after World Cup final defeat at the hands of New Zealand

    Emily Scarratt may now be turning her talents to sevens, but after her World Cup heartache in Belfast she vowed to return to the longer form before she calls it a day.The 27-year-old is one of a select few who is set to gain a professional contract taking her to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next April, as many of the England squad return to rugby amateurism.But the Red Roses star, who kicked all but one goal in the final, said she is already eager to right the wrongs of this defeat to New Zealand. Emily Scarratt and England suffered ...

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