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Tom Dunn
16
mar
18
Bath Rugby is pleased to announce that Tom Dunn has agreed a contract extension, keeping the hooker at the Club until 2022.
Dunn has made nearly 80 appearances in the Blue, Black and White since making his debut in 2012 and has established himself as a first team regular in the front row.   His tough-tackling displays for Bath, which included 64 tackles in the double header against...
Rob Webber
12
mar
18
Rob Webber has become the latest key player to commit his future to Sale Sharks, with the England hooker having agreed a new two-year contract with the club.
The 31-year-old joined the Sharks from Bath in the summer of 2016 and has since gone on to establish himself as a vital component in the Sharks’ pack.   Rob, who has won 16 caps for his country, started his career at Leeds before joining Wasps and then subsequently...
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07
mar
18
Aviva Premiership Rugby takes a backseat for the next two weeks but in its place comes the business end of the Anglo-Welsh Cup – with two semi-finals all set for this weekend.
Referee Karl Dickson is in his first season working with Aviva Premiership Rugby and will take charge of a hotly-anticipated clash on Sunday as Exeter Chiefs welcome in-form Newcastle Falcons to Sandy Park.   The Chiefs lost out 16-12 to Leicester Tigers in the...
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05
mar
18
Although the Beast from the East and Storm Emma got the better of some sports last week, there’s one man who is proud to say that no Aviva Premiership Rugby games were moved to another weekend.
Former professional cricketer Nigel Felton is the man responsible, as his pitch-covering service saved a number of Premiership pitches from freezing despite heavy snow and temperatures well below zero.   Felton’s tireless work in the run-up to some of this...
Gaby Lovobalavu
24
feb
18
Wasps centre Gaby Lovobalavu was this week suspended for four matches by an independent disciplinary panel.
This followed his citing under law 9.13 for a dangerous tackle on Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Hill in the final minute of last Sunday’s Aviva Premiership match.   Under the regulations, Wasps have no recourse to appeal this decision once it has been deemed a...
Karl Dickson
21
feb
18
Former Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson will be the man in the middle this Saturday as fourth-placed Gloucester Rugby attempt to rein in third-placed Wasps.
The West Country outfit may have lost out to Worcester Warriors in an intense Round 15 encounter but are enjoying an excellent season and it could get a lot better if they can overcome Wasps at Kingsholm.   Wasps are in superb form themselves, making this a mouth-watering...
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21
feb
18
London Irish host in-form Worcester Warriors in the first game of a Sunday afternoon Aviva Premiership Rugby double-header, before Leicester Tigers travel to league-leaders Saracens.
The league’s bottom two sides are up first and coverage of both games starts at 12.30pm on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD.    Worcester travel to the Madejski Stadium looking to make it three wins on the spin after last weekend’s derby victory...
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14
feb
18
JP Doyle is the man in the middle for a rematch of the 2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final as a thrilling Round 15 comes to a conclusion on Sunday with Wasps entertaining Exeter Chiefs.
Wasps, after a stuttering start, are flying high, with their 44-22 win at Harlequins leaving them third in the table – behind only Exeter and Saracens.   However, history is against them heading into this contest, with Exeter having won six of their last...
London Irish’s Project Rugby
25
ene
18
London Irish have just announced their disability strand of ‘Project Rugby’ and are already seeing the community benefit as a result.
London Irish’s free to access ‘Project Rugby’ sessions aim to engage more disabled athletes in rugby. The London Irish Community Team are working with schools, colleges and community groups across Berkshire with the aim that disabled participants have access to...
Romain Poite
11
ene
18
Romain Poite will be the man with the whistle in the all Aviva Premiership Rugby clash between Harlequins and Wasps at the Stoop on Saturday.
The 42-year-old with have Thomas Charabas and Vincent Blasco as his assistants as Wasps bid to make it three wins in four European clashes against Harlequins.   Fellow Frenchman Jerome Garces will be in the middle for the huge European Rugby Champions Cup clash...
Piet van Zyl
06
ene
18
London Irish have landed South African duo Arno Botha and Piet van Zyl, the pair joining from Super Rugby outfit the Blue Bulls.
The Exiles’ preparations for Saturday’s trip to Welford Road to take on Leicester Tigers have been given a shot in the arm with the news of the two new arrivals.   Both Botha and van Zyl have been capped by South Africa and London Irish director of...
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ene
18
Northampton Saints has announced that the club will sign the Armed Forces Covenant during this Friday’s Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons.
Saints Chairman John White will sign the covenant on behalf of the club during half-time of the club’s next home game against Newcastle Falcons on Friday 1 December, followed by a performance from the Oundle CCF Band to commemorate the occasion.   Chief Executive...
Tatafu Polota-Nau
30
dic
17
Leicester Tigers team announcement
Aviva Premiership round 12
Australia international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau makes his first start for Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership Round 12 fixture against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.
Polota-Nau has made three appearances for Tigers as a replacement following his arrival at Welford Road at the end of the autumn international period and he steps up to the starting line-up for the New Year’s Eve clash against the defending champions and current league leaders....
Jim Hamilton
23
dic
17
Jim Hamilton’s career began and ended with memorable spells at Leicester Tigers and Saracens, and he believes that both of his former sides will regard their Christmas Eve Aviva Premiership Rugby showdown as ‘must-win’.
The 35-year-old, who called time on his playing days at the end of last season, got his 14-year playing career up and running at Leicester in 2003 before signing off after helping Saracens win back-to-back European Rugby Champions Cups last term.   Both teams head...
Movember
27
oct
17
Premiership Rugby will once again be dedicating a weekend to charity partner Movember, with activity taking place this weekend (27-29 October).
There will be dedicated Movember activity at Saracens, Harlequins and Northampton Saints, with a shave station for fans at The Stoop, a ‘Mo Hang’ at Allianz Park, and a ‘Mo Throw’ game at Franklin’s Gardens.   In addition, Northampton...
Ben Spencer
26
oct
17
Saracens are delighted to announce that Ben Spencer is the latest player to commit his future to the club, with the 25-year old scrum-half signing a new deal to remain at Allianz Park until 2020.
Spencer joins Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski, and Max Malins in signing new terms with the club, as Saracens continue to secure their brightest talents to long-term deals.   Since making his debut in March 2011 after joining the club as...
Dylan Hartley
26
oct
17
Northampton Saints have issued the following statement in response to the outcome of Dylan Hartley's citing.
The citing complaint against Hartley has today been dismissed by an independent panel and the hooker is free to play against Wasps on Saturday in the Aviva Premiership at Franklin's Gardens.   Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder said:   ...
James Wilson
19
oct
17
Bath Rugby is pleased to confirm the signing of James Wilson, who has joined the Club on a three-month contract.
The hugely experienced and versatile New Zealander made 95 appearances during a five-year spell with Northampton Saints, which coincided with the Club winning its first Aviva Premiership title in 2013-14.   The utility back, who is comfortable playing across the...
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18
oct
17
IT was a thrilling opening round of European action last weekend as five Aviva Premiership Rugby sides started their continental campaigns with a win, and round two looks set to be even better.
England’s top dogs Exeter Chiefs produced a stunning performance to beat Guinness PRO14 highflyers Glasgow Warriors and they now head to Montpellier. The French side lost to Leinster 24-17 in their opening bout and Irishman John Lacey will have the best seat in the...
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05
oct
17
Harlequins has named the 23-man squad to face Sale Sharks in Round 6 of the Aviva Premiership at The Stoop on Friday 6th October (kick-off 19:45).
There are four changes to the starting 15 that lost 30-22 to Northampton Saints in Round 5 of the competition. Will Collier is named at tighthead prop while captain James Horwill, Chris Robshaw and Joe Marler return to the starting side.   Speaking ahead of Friday...
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05
oct
17
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond has challenged his side to bottle their formidable home form and transfer it to the road - starting with Friday night’s Premiership clash away at Harlequins.
The Sharks produced a stunning display at the AJ Bell Stadium last Friday as they ran in eight tries to thrash Gloucester 57-10. That win followed an impressive bonus point victory over London Irish in Sale's previous home outing.   However, Sale have struggled...
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28
sep
17
Round Four of Aviva Premiership Rugby is done and dusted and the question on everyone’s lips remains whether anyone can rein in the rampant Exeter Chiefs
Wasps gave it a good go at the weekend and Rob Baxter’s side are now lining up one of the biggest challenges in rugby on Saturday – a mouth-watering away trip to face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.   Exeter’s record is impressive, with the...
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21
sep
17
Nili Latu says Newcastle Falcons will climb straight back on the horse following their American adventure, with a relentless Aviva Premiership schedule handing them a trip to Bath on Saturday.
The Falcons’ last league match took place in the American city of Philadelphia last Saturday where they were defeated by European champions Saracens, and Latu insists the long journey will not be used an excuse this weekend.   “It has been a pretty...
JP Doyle
20
sep
17
Last season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists collide this weekend for the first time since that Twickenham thriller as defending Champions Exeter Chiefs head to the Ricoh Arena to take on Wasps.
The huge clash is on everybody’s lips and the man overseeing the showdown is the experienced JP Doyle, who is taking charge of his 136th top flight match.   The Chiefs secured a dramatic title triumph in extra time over the Wasps at Twickenham and last season’s...
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20
sep
17
Steve Diamond Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond has urged his side to build on the platform of last Friday’s bonus-point win over London Irish ahead of Saturday’s Premiership trip to Saracens.
The Sharks produced an excellent all-round display as they bounced back from the frustrating home loss to Newcastle in fine style, running in five tries and producing a dominant team performance.   It’s a challenge of a different magnitude at Allianz Park...
Heinrich Brussow
16
sep
17
Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Heinrich Brussow into the club’s squad.
The 31-year-old burst into international rugby consciousness during the 2009 British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa, when his combination of aggression and tenacity – especially at the breakdown – caught the eye of supporters and commentators alike. ...
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15
sep
17
Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps team to face Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, 17 September, kick off 3pm.
England no. 8 Nathan Hughes is primed to make his 100th appearance for Wasps, while fellow internationals Elliot Daly and James Haskell also return to the squad. Daly starts in the centre, following an extended rest period after the Lions Tour, while Haskell takes a place on the...
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15
sep
17
Leicester Tigers team announcement
Aviva Premiership Rugby
Mike Williams makes his first start of the season as Leicester Tigers prepare to face Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership at Welford Road this Saturday.
Used as a replacement in both previous fixtures, Williams joins Luke Hamilton and Sione Kalamafoni in the back row for the Round 3 clash this weekend.   Harry Wells and Joe Maksymiw come into the second row, with academy graduate Maksymiw making his Premiership...
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11
sep
17
After the plot thickened once again in another weekend of fascinating Aviva Premiership Rugby action, there’s some intriguing encounters on the box this week in Round Three – including a dust-up in the home city of Rocky Balboa, Philadelphia.
On Saturday, Newcastle Falcons host Saracens in the American city (kick-off 10pm) live on BT Sport, with Dean Richards’ side in confident mood after their best league start in 13 years.   Earlier in the day, Leicester Tigers welcome Gloucester Rugby to Welford...
Elliot Daly
07
sep
17
Wasps are delighted to announce that Lions and England international Elliot Daly has extended his contract with the club.
The 24 year-old, who started every Test for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks over the summer, is recognised as one of the brightest young talents in world rugby.   Having represented England at every age level, Daly made his senior international...
Worcester Warriors
07
sep
17
Following recent reports regarding the future of the Club, Warriors Chairman Bill Bolsover, speaking on behalf of Sixways Holdings Limited, said: "The Club can confirm it is always seeking further investment to support our existing shareholders and to ensure that the Club continues to compete at the highest level in the years ahead.
"This is part of our ongoing strategy and we are committed to finding the right partner to help take the Club forward.   "The Club have not set any deadlines on finding the right investor and the shareholders will continue to support the Club as they...
Twitter de Harlequins
30
ago
17
The Harlequins today announced that 27-year-old George Lowe is retiring on medical advice.   He made 139 appearances for the club including the Aviva Premiership 2012 title.   After having had to withdraw from the last games due to injury, the...
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ago
17
Wasps are proving that charity begins at home as they gear up to mark the club’s 150th anniversary.
Dai Young’s men begin the Aviva Premiership season at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 2 September against Sale Sharks, marking the start of a season of celebration.   The club has announced it is aiming to raise up to £150,000 for three official charity...
Ally Hogg
18
ago
17
Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of victory last weekend.
The Scottish back-rower scored a try and captained the side in their 49-19 home victory over Nottingham, less than an hour after the Falcons had defeated Championship semi-finalists Doncaster Knights 31-8.   Newcastle host Rotherham Titans this Saturday in a 4.30pm...
Sonatane Takulua
16
ago
17
Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up the Aviva Premiership table this season.
The Falcons’ eighth-placed finish was their highest league ranking in 11 seasons, Takulua among their star turns with six Premiership tries and a goal-kicking strike rate of 88%, the second-highest in the division based on a minimum of 20 attempts.   Having...
Chris Robshaw
11
ago
17
Harlequins is thrilled to announce today (Thursday 10th August) that England back row Chris Robshaw has re-signed with the Club until 2020.
Confirming the news, Robshaw said: “I am extremely proud to have re-signed with the Club who gave me my first chance as a player and I've cheered for since I was a child.   “I thank Harlequins and the supporters for the incredible continued support...
Mark McCall
07
ago
17
Saracens have confirmed their 44-man travelling squad for the club’s Atlantic Rugby Cup pre-season tour of Bermuda.
The north Londoners are scheduled to depart for their six-day tour of the idyllic island situated in the North Atlantic later today (Sunday). The pre-season tour will include three-day training camp and a matchup against the USA Islanders on Thursday (August 10th) in Bermuda for...
Dusty Hare Picture Credit: Northampton Saints
05
ago
17
Dusty Hare Picture Credit: Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints has today announced that Dusty Hare will be leaving the club at the end of September.
Hare has been at Franklin’s Gardens since January 2010 overseeing the club’s Academy system and helping recruit new players to the club.   In that time Saints Academy graduates have included half-a-dozen World Rugby Under-20 Championship winners, all...
Marcus Watson
02
ago
17
This season might finally be the one where Marcus Watson gets the opportunity to steal some of the spotlight from his illustrious younger brother.
The 26-year-old, whose move to Wasps from Newcastle Falcons was announced in February, is the elder sibling of Bath Rugby star and England international Anthony Watson, who started all three of the British & Irish Lions’ Test showdowns with the All Blacks this summer....
Wilhelm van der Sluys
27
jul
17
Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys.
Wilhelm van der Sluys   The 25-year-old forward heads to Sandy Park on a one-year deal from Super Rugby side, the Kings, and becomes Rob Baxter's sixth new addition of the summer, joining the English champions along with James Freeman, Matt Kvesic, Tom O'Flaherty,...
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24
jul
17
Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley is hoping to use all his experience of competing at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to help guide his team to glory next weekend at Franklin’s Gardens.
    Tom Whiteley     The 22-year-old has taken part in the last four annual curtain raisers to the Aviva Premier Rugby season and this year all 12 top flight sides will compete at a single venue.   The competition...
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24
jul
17
Harlequins have today (Monday 24th July) strengthened their partnership with world leader in performance analytics, Catapult, to track and improve player performance.
The partnership between Harlequins and Catapult will combine the knowledge, wisdom and trust from the former’s 150 year heritage with Catapult’s world-leading and cutting edge analytics and video.   Harlequins will be using 52 S5s - wearable devices...
Toby Flood
21
jul
17
Toby Flood is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons the ruthless streak required to push them further up the Aviva Premiership table this season.
The three-time Premiership title winner brings 60 caps worth of international experience to a Falcons squad who last season enjoyed their highest league finish in 11 years, Flood having spent the past nine years with Leicester Tigers and Toulouse.   “It was...
Gordon Reid
18
jul
17
New recruit Gordon Reid is determined to be a permanent fixture in London Irish’s front row having made the switch from Glasgow Warriors this summer.
The 30-year-old, who was part of Scotland’s summer tour to Singapore, Australia and Samoa, reported into Irish’s Hazelwood training complex for his first training day following an extended break.   “It’s really good to finally meet the boys,”...
Josh Matavesi
14
jul
17
Josh Matavesi believes he has found the perfect home at Newcastle Falcons, with the former Osprey tailor-made for the ambitious playing style of the Aviva Premiership club.
Now 26 and with 17 Fijian caps to his name, the Cornish midfield man is full of enthusiasm for the new campaign as the Falcons look to build on a highest league finish in 11 years.   Famed for his creativity and handling, Matavesi said: “One of the big things...
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13
jul
17
Rob Baxter insists there is a “burning desire” amongst the Exeter Chiefs coaching staff to take the Devon club onto even greater things in the future, after he and his three trusty lieutenants - Ali Hepher, Rob Hunter and Ricky Pellow - today all agreed new three-year deals with the Aviva Premiership champions.
Baxter will take on the new title of Director of Rugby for the 2017/18 season, while Hepher has been named the club’s new Head Coach. Both Hunter (Forwards Coach) and Pellow (Skills Coach) will continue in their current roles, both of which have seen them help take the Chiefs...
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10
jul
17
Topsy Ojo London Irish have confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see Nick Kennedy’s men face Harlequins and Ealing Trailfinders as well as taking part in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.
The Exiles host Harlequins at Hazelwood in the annual Cunningham Duncombe Cup on Saturday 12 August (kick-off 3pm), a fixture which Irish won 28-12 at The Stoop last year.   The Cunningham Duncombe Series is named in memory of former London Irish fly-half Jarrod...
Will Addison
06
jul
17
Will Addison has said the Sharks want to shock people this season, as the side look forward to the announcement of the Premiership fixtures on Friday morning.
Addison is looking to pick up from his form of last season, before he picked up an injury against Saracens in February, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.   Will revealed his current level of fitness : "The injury is coming on really well, it's...
Joe Marchant
04
jul
17
Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Tuesday 4th July) that Joe Marchant, one of the Club’s most exciting prospects, has extended his contract.
  Joe Marchant     Confirming the news Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston, said: “Joe is an exceptional young talent who had a fantastic first full season in the Premiership last year.   “I am certain...
Kieran Longbottom
04
jul
17
Saracens are pleased to announce the return of prop forward Kieran Longbottom to the club ahead of the 2017/18 season
Kieran Longbottom   With news that Titi Lamositele will be ruled out for a substantial period of time with a neck injury, Longbottom will join the Men in Black on a one year deal to bolster Saracens’ front row options.   The Australian born...

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