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Pro14: Ulster 52-25 Dragons – BBC Sport

Ulster maintain winning start to Pro14 as they hammer dismal Dragons Pro14: Ulster v Dragons Ulster (33) 52 Tries: McCloskey, Nelson, Penalty, Timoney 2, Herbst, Stockdale, Shanahan Cons: Nelson 5, Herron Dragons (13) 25 Tries: Buckley, Blacker, Talbot-Davies Cons: Jones, O’Brien Pens: Jones 2 Ulster maintained their winning start to the Pro14 as they earned a thumping eight-try win over the Dragons. Bernard Jackman made 13 Dragons changes from the win over Connacht and his side were overwhelmed at Kingspan Stadium. Tries from Stuart McCloskey, Peter Nelson, Nick Timoney and…

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Premiership: London Irish v Northampton Saints

Williams made 14 appearances last season until injury ended his campaign Aviva Premiership Venue: Madejski Stadium Date: Sunday, 24 September Kick-off: 15:00 BST Coverage: Live text and BBC local radio commentary on the BBC Sport website London Irish’s Johnny Williams returns for his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury. Williams is back following a hamstring problem and is one of five changes with Napolioni Nalaga making his full debut. Northampton Saints make one change as they seek a third successive victory, with Sam Dickinson replacing Teimana Harrison…

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British & Irish Lions: Sean O’Brien says team could have won 3-0 with better coaching

The Lions drew a Test series for only the second time in their history The British and Irish Lions could have whitewashed world champions New Zealand 3-0 had they been better coached, says flanker Sean O’Brien. The Irishman started all three Tests of the 1-1 drawn series. And he believes poor coaching prevented the Lions securing a historic victory. “If we had a little more structure during the weeks, and more of an attack gameplan, driven way earlier in the tour, I think we could have won 3-0,” O’Brien said….

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Premiership: Gloucester v Worcester Warriors

Val Rapava Ruskin joined Gloucester over the summer from Worcester Warriors Aviva Premiership Venue: Kingsholm Date: Friday, 22 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website Gloucester prop Val Rapava Ruskin will make his full debut against former club Worcester on Friday at Kingsholm. But Australia international James Hanson will have to wait for his debut. Worcester have Gloucester old boy Ryan Mills fit to face his former club for his first start of the season at stand-off following the…

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Dean Richards: Newcastle Falcons director of rugby confident USA trip a success

The Falcons players got a bit of sun on their backs in training in Philadelphia Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards is positive that rugby union will see rewards from their showcasing their Premiership game against Saracens on 16 September. The second Premiership game to be played in the USA, which Falcons lost 29-7, drew a crowd of 6,000. “Rugby union as a whole has got a reasonable amount out of it,” Richards told BBC Newcastle. “It’s promoted the game, promoted the Premiership and created interest.” He continued: “There…

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Worcester Warriors: Premiership club seek new investment, says managing director

Gus Mackay took over as Worcester managing director when chief executive Jim O’Toole left in June Worcester Warriors have confirmed that they are seeking new investment in the Premiership club, following reports of a potential takeover at Sixways. Warriors, who have been owned by Sixways Holdings Ltd since 2013, are reported to have been made an offer. But the club’s only response to various media rumours has been to issue a statement to season ticket holders from managing director Gus Mackay. “Any proposed funding structure has to be in our…

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Leicester Tigers: Afa Pakalani, Kyle Traynor & Jake Kerr join Premiership club

Afa Pakalani played sevens for Greater Sydney Rams in Australia Premiership club Leicester Tigers have added three new players to their squad. Tonga international back Afa Pakalani, who can play at full-back and wing, former Scotland international prop Kyle Traynor and young hooker Jake Kerr have all arrived at Welford Road. Pakalani, 25, will link up with three other Tonga internationals – Telusa Veainu, Sione Kalamafoni and Valentino Mapapalangi – at his new club. Traynor, 31, and Kerr, 21, both worked with the Tigers’ squad in pre-season. “Afa is a…

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Chris Jones and Ugo Monye discuss the scuffle between James Haskell and Joe Marler

Chris Jones and Ugo Monye discuss the decision to sin-bin James Haskell after he was involved in a scuffle with England team-mate Joe Marler during Harlequins’ victory over Wasps. Wasps flanker Haskell said he retaliated because Quins’ Marler choked him with his scrum cap and squirted water at him. Prop Marler, who was not punished at the time, has been given a citing commissioner’s warning, which equates to a retrospective yellow card. Download the latest episode of 5 live’s Rugby Union Weekly. Source link

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Danny Cipriani: Wasps fly-half likely to be out for three months with knee injury

Danny Cipriani has scored more than 1,000 Premiership points Wasps and ex-England fly-half Danny Cipriani could be out of action for up to three months with a knee injury. The 29-year-old, who won the last of his 14 international caps against France in August 2015, was hurt in Wasps’ 24-21 Premiership defeat by Harlequins on Sunday. Cipriani saw a specialist on Tuesday, who confirmed he has suffered a tear in the medial ligament in his knee. Wasps said the injury is likely to take eight to 12 weeks to heal….

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Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill ready to wield axe v Scarlets after Benetton loss

Richard Cockerill’s side face Scarlets Richard Cockerill says some senior players will pay the price for Edinburgh’s home humbling by Benetton as they prepare to face Scarlets. The head coach held a “pretty robust” meeting with his squad on Monday. “A lot of those guys have international experience, some as recently as Scotland’s summer tour, so I would expect better from them,” he said. “Some of those guys will not be in the side this week and others will get opportunities.” Ahead of facing the reigning champions on Saturday, Cockerill…

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