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Saracens devise innovative plan to keep star players

Sabbaticals and overseas friendlies are all part of innovative proposals as Saracens plan to keep stars despite Premiership relegation Saracens are devising a plan to prevent their star players from leaving the club The club’s relegation has been confirmed after they breached salary cap rules Sarries may play friendlies in South Africa as well as […]

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Ulster 22-15 Bath: Hosts book Champions Cup quarter-final place

Ulster secured their place in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup after overcoming 14-man Bath 22-15 at the Kingspan Stadium. Converted tries from Marcell Coetzee and Ruaridh McConnochie ensured the sides were deadlocked at 7-7 at half-time, but Rob Baloucoune and Will Addison crossed after the break to send the hosts on their way […]

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Sportsmail's guide to Champions Cup pool-by-pool permutations

Saracens target Champions Cup qualification amid relegation chaos – Sportsmail’s guide to European pool-by-pool permutations Four English clubs are hoping to reach the Champions Cup quarter-finals Northampton need a bonus point win at Lyon to finish in a best runner-up spot Meanwhile, Saracens must beat Racing 92 to have a chance of qualifying The Champions […]

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Saracens’ situation explained as prospect of relegation looms

English and European champions Saracens face the prospect of relegation as the salary cap scandal continues to blight the domestic season. Here, we examine the current state of play. Why were Saracens initially punished? Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines For breaching the Premiership’s £7million salary cap for each […]

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Nawaqanitawase and baby Tahs show they’re the real deal

The  next generation of Waratahs have given even the most disillusioned NSW fan something to get excited about ahead of the Super Rugby season after pulling off a 40-21 trial victory over the Highlanders at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night. Without  the experienced Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale, Jack Dempsey and Rob Simmons left off the […]