Harlequins stutter to victory over Gloucester

Harlequins 21 Gloucester 12 Harlequins proved they can win the hard way at the Stoop, as a steely defensive display was enough to repel Gloucester on Friday night. Perhaps it was the fact this round 11 match was Quins’ first Premiership game since round eight at the end of October. Or perhaps it was Gloucester’s almighty … Read more

Rugby chiefs told to ‘consider resignation’ as MPs hammer Worcester collapse

Massie-Taylor, meanwhile, who took over as the chief executive of PRL in October last year, was told that if a similar situation had occurred in the Premier League, with 16 per cent of its clubs folding in a season, it would be a resigning matter. “If that happened the head of the Premier League would … Read more

Will Butt completes smash and grab raid to finish off Leicester

“We’ve spoken about being tough to beat and I believe tonight we achieved that. We were desperate on our line when they were all over us. We were up against a power team and we matched them.” Tigers appeared set to return to winning ways – and showed no signs of rustiness following the 26-day … Read more

Two-try Tommy Freeman sends England reminder as Northampton edge Exeter

Tommy Freeman reminded Eddie Jones there is a back-three star waiting in the wings with two smart tries as Northampton Saints overcame struggling Exeter Chiefs. In a game dominated by the boot, the hosts’ fly-half Fin Smith slotted four penalties and two conversions for a personal haul of 16 points in a flawless kicking display … Read more

Record-breaking Alex Goode shines as Saracens overcome Sale Sharks

Daly braved a significant headwind to land a penalty from 40 metres and then Saracens opened up Sale brilliantly, McFarland cutting a devastating angle off the shoulder of Lozowski. Goode’s conversion tied up the contest and his penalty then put Saracens ahead. His exhibition would continue into the second period. Dan du Preez split Saracens … Read more

Living out of a suitcase – Josh Bassett’s life after Wasps’ collapse

Wing Josh Bassett is living out of a suitcase, miles away from his young family and was forced to take a job with one of his biggest competitors. He is one of the lucky ones. A decade at Wasps ended for Bassett a fortnight ago when the club went into administration, and he was on … Read more

Courtney Lawes struggling with concussion symptoms

Northampton boss Phil Dowson says that England captain Courtney Lawes continues to have symptoms after suffering a head injury five weeks ago. The England and Saints forward has not played since September 24, and he pulled out of this week’s national squad training camp in Jersey as he follows required return-to-play protocols. England kick-off their … Read more

Harlequins snatch victory from London Irish with controversial last-gasp try

Donnell’s red card after 43 minutes, for a high shot on Joe Marler, and David’s on 62 for a no-arms tackle on Irish centre Luca Morisi were less contentious. Tabai Matson, the Harlequins head coach, said: “They were both really fair, referees don’t want to give red cards, it’s really tough but referees are really … Read more

Henry Arundell could miss All Blacks clash through injury

There was more positive news for England head coach Eddie Jones after Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby, said he was hopeful Owen Farrell would be passed fit to face Argentina on Sunday week. Farrell left the field during Saracens’ 22-20 victory over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, appearing to be knocked unconscious after colliding … Read more

Tom Roebuck in line for England call-up

Nick David’s early try had got the ball rolling in Manchester before Smith’s effort, and clinical exploits from the tee, helped the visitors bounce back from last week’s defeat against Leicester and inflict a first defeat of the season on Alex Sanderson’s high-flying Sharks. “Every time [Smith] goes away with England he seems to come … Read more