BATH hooker Tom Dunn could make his England debut on Saturday when England play Scotland at Murrayfield. Dunn has been named on the bench after Exeter Chiefs’ Luke Cowan-Dickie had to leave the squad as his partner had gone into laboour. Gloucester scrum-half come in to start in place of Ben Youngs, while Bath’s Jonathan …

Rugby started off this week hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. But sadly, the last few days has seen the oval-ball sport once again dragged through the gutter because of Saracens and the salary cap, writes Gareth Davies. Although the reigning champions’ financial mismanagement had abated rather than disappeared totally, amidst all the …

If Exeter’s 14-7 defeat of Saracens at Sandy Park on December 29 was indeed a victory for rugby principals, then the Chiefs further demonstrated how they are market leaders in promoting values and ethics within the oval ball game this week, writes Gareth Davies. The Devon side, who have been directly hamstrung by Saracens’ shoddy …

Bristol Bears kept up their flawless record in Europe this season, but not in the easiest of circumstances as they edged out Stade Francais in Paris 18-16. The Pink Shirts enjoyed a wealth of penalty kicks that, coupled with some tight defence, should have sealed the result. However, Pat Lam’s men pushed to the bitter …

It only comes around every four years, but for professional rugby players from Britain and Ireland, being selected for the Lions is an achievement that is often considered the pinnacle of their careers. Legends are made, dreams are shattered, but more importantly, despite the ever-changing climate that world rugby finds itself in, the Lions have …

The sporting year of 2019 will be remembered as one where titles were won and lost by the finest of margins. Domestic rugby union was no different as a dramatic final to the Premiership season ensued – and once the 22 regular rounds were done and dusted, Exeter Chiefs came up against their old foes …

Isn’t this how it was supposed to be? Danny Cipriani, the most gifted English fly-half of his generation, the star attraction at Twickenham, the home of rugby on these shores, writes Gareth Davies. But sadly, for Cipriani, now 31, he wasn’t showcasing his skills in front of 82,000 supporters at Headquarters on Wednesday, on the …

Toby Fricker will make his competitive debut for the club when Bristol Bears kick off the new season with a Premiership Cup clash versus Harlequins on Friday (7.45pm KO). The winger – who arrived from Ebbw Vale in March – makes his first outing as Director of Rugby Pat Lam reveals his squad for the …

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Newcastle Falcons11110033913651
Ealing Trailfinders1181240821640
Cornish Pirates1180329215638
Jersey Reds1160528324631
Doncaster Knights1150618925023
Bedford Blues1140720022622
Hartpury College1140718924222
London Scottish1131720424522
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1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
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6Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131