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Premiership: Newcastle Falcons 7-29 Saracens

Wales wing Liam Williams was one of five British and Irish Lions to make their first starts for Saracens this season Aviva Premiership Newcastle (7) 7 Try: Goneva Con: Takulua Saracens (13) 29 Try: Wyles, Penalty Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 5 Saracens inflicted a first defeat of the season on Newcastle as they claimed victory in the second Premiership game to be staged in the United States. Wing Chris Wyles scored in the corner to give Sarries an early lead in his homeland at a sparsely populated Talen Energy Stadium,…

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Pro14: Cardiff Blues 19-20 Glasgow Warriors

Cardiff Blues’ Alex Cuthbert and Glasgow Warriors’ Lee Jones collide Pro14: Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Cardiff Blues (13) 19 Try: James Con: Shingler Pens: Shingler 4 Glasgow (10) 20 Tries: Pyrgos, Jones Cons: Russell 2 Pens: Russell 2 Glasgow Warriors came from behind to claim their third straight Pro14 win of the season as Cardiff Blues slumped to their third defeat. Blues fly-half Steve Shingler had a late penalty in front of the posts to snatch a win, but having made all his kicks up to then sent the last…

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Premiership: Leicester Tigers 24-10 Gloucester

Leicester have now won nine of their last 10 matches against Gloucester Aviva Premiership Leicester: (21) 24 Tries: B Youngs 2, Malouf Cons: Ford 3 Pens: Ford Gloucester: (0) 10 Try: Hohneck Con: Twelvetrees Pen: Twelvetrees Leicester bounced back from successive defeats to beat Gloucester for their first Premiership win of the season. The hosts dominated the first half and surged into a 21-0 half-time lead, with Ben Youngs’ early brace, Nick Malouf’s try and George Ford’s accuracy off the tee providing their points. Gloucester, resurgent after the break, answered…

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Premiership: Sale Sharks 36-7 London Irish

Denny Solomona opened his try scoring account for the new season Aviva Premiership Sale: (24) 36 Tries: Harrison, Solomona 2, Charnley, Jennings Cons: MacGinty 4 Pens: MacGinty London Irish: (0) 7 Try: Penalty Denny Solomona scored two tries as Sale brushed aside London Irish at the AJ Bell Stadium. Ross Harrison’s first try for the club in 156 games helped establish a 24-0 half-time lead for Sale, who had lost their first two games. Josh Charnley secured Sale’s bonus point on 56 minutes before the Exiles got on board with…

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Pro14: Edinburgh Rugby 17-20 Benetton Rugby

Benetton secured their first win of the Pro14 campaign Guinness Pro14 Edinburgh (14) 17 Tries: Dean 2. Cons: Weir 2. Pens: Weir Dragons (10) 20 Tries: Esposito 2. Cons: McKinley 2. Pens: McKinley 2 Edinburgh slumped to their first defeat of the Pro14 campaign as they were beaten at home by Benetton. The Scots struggled to impose themselves on lacklustre opponents who moved ahead early in the second half. The Italians then held on for their first win as the hosts squandered numerous late scoring opportunities. A brace of tries…

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John Smit says Saracens hooker Jamie George is ‘the real deal’

Former South Africa captain John Smit says Saracens and England hooker Jamie George is “the real deal”. Smit signed for Saracens in 2011 and ended his playing career at the club, leaving for a role as the chief executive of South African side Sharks in 2013. The former hooker said: “The beautiful thing about Jamie is that he doesn’t look the part but I could never keep up with him at fitness, I could never run with him. “He’s got an engine that just has no boundaries.” Smit led the…

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Rhys Priestland: Bath fly-half would be ‘surprised’ to play for Wales again

Rhys Priestland won the last of his 48 Wales caps off the bench against New Zealand in June 2016 Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland does not expect to play for Wales again. The 30-year-old has not played for his country since June 2016, winning his 48th cap on the tour to New Zealand. Since then Priestland has been overlooked because of a selection policy that limits the number of non-Wales based players that coach Warren Gatland can pick. “My sole focus is with Bath… I would be surprised if I play…

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Premiership: Northampton Saints v Bath

Courtney Lawes (left) will captain Northampton against Bath in the absence of Dylan Hartley Aviva Premiership Venue: Franklin’s Gardens Date: Friday, 15 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website Northampton are without England captain Dylan Hartley for the visit of Bath. Hooker Hartley has a hand injury and is replaced by Mikey Haywood, with prop Paul Hill and second-rower David Ribbans also coming into the side. England flanker Sam Underhill will make his debut for Bath, one of three…

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Leinster duo Nacewa and Gibson-Park denied entry to South Africa

Leinster players Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park encountered visa problems Leinster captain Isa Nacewa and fellow New Zealander Jamison Gibson-Park have been denied entry into South Africa because of visa problems. It is understood that the pair did not have the visa New Zealanders require to enter the country when the squad arrived in Johannesburg. The Irish province face Southern Kings on Saturday and then play fellow Pro14 newcomers the Cheetahs on 22 September. A statement released by Leinster said that the process was “ongoing”. “Leinster Rugby can confirm that…

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