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Exclusive Gareth Dyer column

I was delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Arnold as the new Preston Grasshoppers Head Coach this week.

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Paul Arnold takes over as Preston Grasshoppers coach next season

Hoppers appoint Arnold as head coach

Preston Grasshoppers believe they have appointed a winner in naming Paul Arnold as their new head coach.

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Lewis Allen was on kicking duties

Hoppers run out of steam in latest loss

Sale FC 59 Preston Grasshoppers 14

Promotion-chasing Sale FC ran in nine tries against an already relegated Preston Grasshoppers side.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton alongside tour manager John Spencer (right)

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

After months of speculation and conjecture we finally have the detail on who is to represent the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer.

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Gareth Dyer

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Many Easters ago, I was part of a junior tour undertaken by Preston Grasshoppers.

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Lewis Allen was on target with the boot

Hoppers are relegated

Preston Grasshoppers 32 Harrogate 45

Preston Grasshoppers crashed out of National League Two North with a seven-try pounding by Harrogate – who are themselves still not sure of safety.

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I can reveal that Sir Clive Woodwood will NOT be joining the Hoppers revolution

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In last week’s column, I confirmed that I had re-joined Hoppers and the club’s rugby committee. Firstly, thanks for all the messages of support – and advice.

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Sam Gale

Leicester Lions 40, Grasshoppers 14

Defeat at Leicester Lions confirmed relegation from National League Two North for Preston Grasshoppers.

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Alan Holmes is stepping down as director of rugby at Preston Grasshoppers

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‘It’s like deja vu…all over again.’ Whilst the phrase is meant to be whimsical, Hoppers defeat to Stourbridge last Saturday gave the supporting faithful that very strange feeling that they had seen the story of the match before in this campaign.

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Sam Gale opened the scoring for Hoppers

Hoppers will need a miracle to beat drop

Preston Grasshoppers 15 Stourbridge 26

Hoppers’ dismal season went from bad to worse when they squandered a lead with five minutes to go, then compounded the folly by throwing away even a losing bonus point.

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Johnny Sexton is tackled high by Englands Maro Itoje during last Saturday's Six Nations match in Dublin

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In last week’s column, I stated that England’s trip to Dublin would be an acid test to assess how far Eddie Jones’ side have come under his “astute management”.

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Marmion - faces England test

Kirkham Grammar School old boy pitted against all-conquering England

Former Kirkham Grammar School student Kieran Marmion could play a key role in helping to derail England rugby's Grand Slam hopes in Dublin on Saturday.
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Jonathan Joseph spearheaded a rout of Scotland last weekend

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And sent him homeward, Tae think again… The line in ‘Flower of Scotland’ about Robert the Bruce’s victory over Edward II in the battle of Bannockburn had a different type of resonance on Saturday.

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Garth Dew

Departing Dew aims for a positive finish

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Garth Dew is hoping some good can come out of the remainder of this season – even if it does end in relegation.

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Phil Mills found himself in the sin-bin

Hoppers dealt fatal blow by the Tigers

Sheffied Tigers 30 Preston Grasshoppers 0

Preston Grasshoppers lost heavily at Sheffield Tigers and swapped places with their Yorkshire opponents to sit bottom of National League Two North.

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Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green Gareth Dyer

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Great sporting comebacks provide drama, excitement and usually a real sense of theatre.

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England enjoyed a 43-14 victory over France Under-18s

Hoppers to host Six Nations stars of tomorrow

Preston Grasshoppers will host a taste of Six Nations teams of the future as the England and Scotland 
Under-18s teams of scrum down at Lightfoot Lane on Sunday.

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Garth Dew

Preston Grasshoppers 23, Luctonians 24: Dew to step down at the end of season

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Garth Dew will resign at the end of the season after watching his side squander a 17-point lead to crash to another disastrous last-ditch defeat.

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England's James Haskell hands off Italy's Giulio Bisegni during the Six Nations match at Twickenham

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All the talk in the build-up to last Sunday’s Six Nation’s game between England and Italy was a simple question of how many.

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Eddie Jones

Eddie calls for union chiefs to take action

Eddie Jones expects World Rugby to revise the breakdown laws that were manipulated by Italy throughout England’s 
36-15 Six Nations victory at Twickenham.

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