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14-man Saints tame Tigers

WRAP: Northampton captain Dylan Hartley could be suspended after he elbowed an opponent in his side's 23-19 win over Leicester.

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James to return to Blues

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that wing Tom James is set to return to his former club, Cardiff Blues.

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Welsh spread Christmas cheer

Members of the London Welsh squad dropped in to hand out presents very generously donated by the Club's supporters to its Christmas Toy Appeal.

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Cipriani class too much for Chiefs

MATCH REPORT: A vintage performance from Danny Cipriani put an abrupt end to Exeter Chiefs' excellent Premiership run of form.

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Back row trio commit to Bath

The powerful back row trio of Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer have renewed their contracts with Bath.

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Premiership: Saints in ruthless mood

PREVIEW: The Premiership returns this weekend with the most competitive league in Europe poised for a fascinating round of matches.

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New deals for Chiefs trio

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has spoken of his delight after another three members of his squad pledged their long-term futures to the Premiership.

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Wallabies' post-World Cup exodus

Australia's post-World Cup exodus to Europe gained further momentum with the news that former captain James Horwill will also head for the exit door.

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Wasps set to break new ground

Wasps believe that the ticket sales from Sunday's match at the Ricoh area in front of a record crowd will enable them to compete in the transfer market.
 

Hartley is a one-club man

England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley has spurned a chance to join French club Montpellier, picking loyalty over money.

Tigers lock up front row

England internationals Tom Youngs and Dan Cole and Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza have all agreed new contracts with Leicester Tigers.

Vunipola's road to redemption

Billy Vunipola admits it wasn't just his body left battered and bruised from England's year-end internationals but his ego too.

Burgess busting for the back row?

The Aviva A League could provide the platform for Sam Burgess to make his third Bath Rugby debut of the season on Monday – in the back row.

Bath's double hooker boost

Bath hookers Ross Batty and Rob Webber have both extended their contracts at the European Rugby Champions Cup side.

Sharks sign England lock

Mouritz Botha has been reluctantly released by Saracens to join the Sharks, with effect from January 1, 2015.

Gloucester add Super Marshall

Gloucester have made their first new signing ahead of the 2015-16 season with Tom Marshall moving to Kingsholm from Super Rugby's Chiefs.
 

Saints crush Welsh to go top

Northampton Saints returned to the top of the Premiership table with a crushing win over struggling London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium.

Kickers day in Premiership

Owen Williams kicked all 18 points as Leicester overcame Wasps 18-16 while Gareth Steenson booted all the points to lead Exeter to a 27-19 victory.

Fixtures Time
Mon, 18 May
Bath v Gloucester
  • 09h53
Sat, 09 May
Northampton Saints v London Welsh
  • 15h00
Results Score
Sat, 20 December 2014
Gloucester v Bath

  • 16 | 39
Sat, 20 December 2014
Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

  • 23 | 19
Sat, 20 December 2014
Saracens v London Welsh

  • 78 | 7
Sat, 20 December 2014
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

  • 15 | 7
Fri, 19 December 2014
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs

  • 18 | 11
Team P W D L Pts
Northampton Saints 10 8 0 2 39
Bath 10 8 0 2 37
Exeter Chiefs 10 7 0 3 33
Saracens 10 6 1 3 30
Sale Sharks 10 6 0 4 28
Leicester Tigers 10 5 1 4 26
Harlequins 10 5 0 5 23
London Wasps 9 4 0 5 21
Gloucester 10 4 0 6 20
Newcastle Falcons 10 3 0 7 14
London Irish 9 2 0 7 12
London Welsh 10 0 0 10 1