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Mike Ford: Northampton consider ex-Bath boss as Jim Mallinder replacement

Mike Ford left Bath in May 2016 after a ninth-placed Premiership finish Former Bath and Toulon boss Mike Ford has emerged as an early contender to replace Jim Mallinder at Northampton. Mallinder was sacked on Tuesday after a 10-year spell as director of rugby, with Alan Dickens in temporary charge. The Saints hierarchy have started the search for a replacement for Mallinder and it is understood Ford is one of the initial names under consideration. Ford is currently working in the United States, heading up the Dallas Griffins as they…

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George Turner: Glasgow Warriors hooker cited after yellow card against Montpellier

George Turner could be banned for Saturday’s return meeting with Montpellier Glasgow Warriors hooker George Turner could face a ban after being cited for the incident that led to his sin-binning in the defeat by Montpellier. Turner, who had scored a try, received a yellow card for an off-the-ball shoulder charge to the back of Louis Picamoles while Warriers led 17-5. The Scotland cap is alleged to have broken Law 10.4 (f), which concerns “playing an opponent without the ball”. A three-man disciplinary committee will hear the case in London…

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Jim Mallinder: Northampton Saints part company with director of rugby

Jim Mallinder has left Northampton Saints after more than 10 years as the club’s director of rugby. Saints, Premiership champions in 2014, are currently 10th and on the brink of elimination from the European Champions Cup after Saturday’s defeat by Ospreys. The 51-year-old, who was appointed in June 2007, signed a new five-year deal after their top-flight triumph. “The board and major shareholders felt that the time was right for some change,” said chairman John White. More to follow. Source link

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European Champions Cup: Saracens 14-46 Clermont

Alivereti Raka (centre) scored a hat-trick in just 25 minutes – the fastest hat-trick in European rugby for 20 years European Rugby Champions Cup Saracens (7) 14 Tries: Penalty (auto 7pts), Kruis Cons: Farrell Clermont Auvergne (24) 46 Tries: Raka (3), Van der Merwe, Fofana, Toeava Cons: Parra (5) Pens: Parra (2) Defending champions Saracens were handed a record home European defeat by the team they beat in last season’s final, Clermont Auvergne, in their rearranged game on Monday. Winger Alivereti Raka scored a hat-trick to give the visitors a…

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Champions Cup: Exeter can bounce back and win at Leinster, says Rob Baxter

Leinster inflicted Exeter’s first home loss since 11 December 2016 Director of rugby Rob Baxter says Exeter are capable of recovering from defeat by Leinster in the Champions Cup by winning in Dublin next weekend. The 18-8 loss on Sunday was Exeter’s first at Sandy Park in a year and the sides meet again on Saturday. “The battle is can we improve this week more than Leinster and can we go over to Leinster and get a win?” Baxter told BBC Radio Devon. “Can we do that? I think we…

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European Champions Cup: Saracens v Clermont Auvergne moved to Monday

Saracens’ match has moved from Sunday to Monday Saracens’ European Champions Cup match with Clermont Auvergne at Allianz Park will be played behind closed doors on Monday at 17:30 GMT. The teams were due to meet – in a repeat of the 2017 final – at Allianz Park on Sunday, but the match was postponed because of the weather. Tournament organiser European Professional Club Rugby said no fans would be allowed attend the rearranged match because of “continuing adverse weather conditions expected in the vicinity of the stadium”. Saracens are…

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European Champions Cup: Exeter 8-18 Leinster

Johnny Sexton was one of five British and Irish Lions in Leinster’s starting line-up European Rugby Champions Cup Exeter (3) 8 Try: Short Con: Steenson Leinster (8) 18 Tries: Sexton, Conan Cons: Nacewa Pens: Sexton, Nacewa Leinster maintained their 100% start in the Champions Cup and ended Exeter’s year-long unbeaten home run with an impressive victory at Sandy Park. Exeter had not been beaten on their own pitch since December 2016 but were outplayed by a powerful Leinster side. After a dominant opening period, Johnny Sexton got the visitors’ opening…

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European Champions Cup: Harlequins 5-17 Ulster

Jacob Stockdale scored the only try of the first half at Twickenham Stoop European Champions Cup Pool 1 Harlequins (0) 5 Try: Sinckler Ulster (8) 17 Try: Stockdale Pens: Cooney 4 Ulster revived their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup last eight with a deserved win which ended any chance Harlequins had of progressing. Winger Jacob Stockdale scored the only try of a first half played in heavy snow and man of the match John Cooney kicked four penalties for the victors. England prop Kyle Sinckler got the try…

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European Champions Cup: Northampton 32-43 Ospreys

Ospreys wing Hassler scored twice in a game featuring 11 tries European Rugby Champions Cup Northampton (3) 32 Tries: Hartley, Groom, Horne, Tuala, Mallinder Cons: Mallinder, Tuala Pens: Myler Ospreys (17) 43 Tries: Evans 2, Habberfield, Hassler 2, Fonotia Cons: S Davies 5 Pens: S Davies Ospreys held on to secure their first victory of the season in the Champions Cup despite a late flurry of tries from fellow strugglers Northampton. Both sides desperately needed a win and Ospreys were utterly dominant as they led 43-8 with 20 minutes left….

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European Champions Cup: Munster 33-10 Leicester

New Zealander Marshall scored the opening try at Thomond Park European Rugby Champions Cup Munster (23) 33 Tries: Marshall, Zebo, O’Mahony, Cloete Cons: Keatley 2 Pens: Keatley 3 Leicester (3) 10 Try: Thacker Con: Ford Pen: Ford Munster maintained their unbeaten record in this season’s Champions Cup and moved top of Pool 4 with victory over Leicester at Thomond Park. Boosted by the return of five Ireland internationals, the home side led 23-3 at the break after tries from hooker Rhys Marshall and full-back Simon Zebo. Peter O’Mahony crossed before…

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