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The Breakdown | Does the future look bleak for recreational rugby union in England?
Participation has plummeted, finances are dire and the structure of the men’s game below the Premiership is broken

Robert Kitson

11, Jan, 2022 @11:43 AM

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Leicester’s winning run comes to a surprise end against weakened Wasps
Wasps beat the league leaders 16-13, fly-half Jimmy Gopperth kicking the hosts to victory and denying Leicester a record-equalling 16th straight win

Robert Kitson at Coventry Building Society Arena

09, Jan, 2022 @7:26 PM

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Marcus Smith snatches thrilling win for wasteful Harlequins against Exeter
Fly-half set up late try with brilliant kick and then kicked the decisive conversion in Harlequins’ 14-12 win against Exeter who had Alec Hepburn sent off

Michael Aylwin at the Twickenham Stoop

08, Jan, 2022 @6:13 PM

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Saracens rue Lozowski’s late miss as Gloucester hang on for famous win
Tries from Fraser Balmain, Jack Singleton and Lewis Ludlow edged Gloucester to a 25-24 victory at Saracens in the Premiership

Gerard Meagher at the StoneX Stadium

08, Jan, 2022 @5:17 PM

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Oh crikey, it’s Leicester: Tigers out to match their own winning streak
If Steve Borthwick’s side beat Wasps on Sunday for a 16th straight win they would equal Graham Willars’ 1983-84 team

Gerard Meagher

08, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘It’s like walking through stinging nettles’: Sara Cox on her trailblazing rugby career
The world’s first female professional rugby union referee on the hidden battles she still has to fight and the possibility of officiating in the Six Nations

Robert Kitson

07, Jan, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Lam embraces pressure as Bristol and Sale lock horns trying to find spark
Bristol and Sale will meet in a vital bottom-of-the-table Premiership match on Friday night

Gerard Meagher

06, Jan, 2022 @10:00 PM

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The Breakdown | Covid clouds hopes for ‘normal’ Six Nations and Champions Cup
Varying restrictions on crowd numbers and vaccination requirements give the game’s planners major headaches going into 2022

Robert Kitson

04, Jan, 2022 @4:47 PM

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Tom Woolstencroft and Maro Itoje help Saracens break Northampton’s spirit
Northampton lost 6-30 against Saracens, who have tightened their grip on second spot in the Premiership

Gerard Meagher at cinch Stadium at Franklins Gardens

02, Jan, 2022 @7:41 PM

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Stuart Hogg’s late try helps Exeter recover from Bristol fightback
Their biggest home crowd since 2015 World Cup saw Exeter add to Bristol’s festive season woes

Adam Hathaway at Sandy Park

01, Jan, 2022 @7:07 PM

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Dan Biggar fears ‘step backwards’ in 2022 if Six Nations sees no crowds
The Northampton and Wales fly-half hopes supporters can attend matches amid fresh uncertainty over Covid restrictions

Gerard Meagher

31, Dec, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Chris Harris and Gloucester thrash ill-disciplined Bath in record win
Gloucester thrashed Bath, who had Tom Ellis and Lewis Boyce sent to the sin-bin, winning 40-20 at the Rec

Ross Heppenstall

26, Dec, 2021 @7:23 PM

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