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Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

On Monday evening I was delighted to be part of a huge crowd of rugby fans who attended the official opening of Preston Grasshoppers’ new artificial grass pitch.

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England coach Eddie Jones with some of the youngsters at Preston Grasshoppers on the opening of their pitch

Fever pitch for England coach Jones

England rugby coach Eddie Jones has given a huge vote of confidence in the new all-weather pitch that is ushering in a new era at Preston Grasshopers.

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Lewis Allen was on the mark with his boot

Dew will take the positives in defeat

Preston Grasshoppers succumbed to a heavy defeat against league leaders Caldy at Paton Field, writes HENRY WOODSFORD.

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Englands Mako Vunipola is tackled by Frances Uini Atonio

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

In my last column before Christmas I covered the incoming directive to referees about the policing of high tackles.

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Will Lees

Hoppers in a fog

In the somewhat symbolic fog hovering over Lightfoot Green, Preston Grasshoppers lost their way again to crash to a fifth successive defeat and remain anchored at the foot of National League Two North.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

The beginning of a New Year brings the opportunity for new starts in many different ways.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

“The game’s gone soft…” – this oft repeated phrase has been doing the rounds in rugby circles for a while but it has been heard more and more in recent weeks.

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Hoppers head coach Garth Dew

Hoppers end year on a low

Sedgley Park 34 Preston Grasshoppers 17

Preston Grasshoppers ended 2016 with a disappointing defeat at Sedgley Park.

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Jones - spreading the rugby gospel

Top coach Eddie Jones is Preston-bound

All-conquering England rugby union coach Eddie Jones is on his way to Preston next month.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby union column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

“How are you lot near the bottom? You’re a much better team than the table suggests…”

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Garth Dew

Preston Grasshoppers 11, Sale FC 28

Preston Grasshoppers ended the first half of the season – and hopefully their “exile” on the second-team pitch – with a familiar failure to make the most of their chances and spring an upset on second-placed Sale.

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Preston Grasshoppers are in action this weekend

Difficult day lies ahead

For their only home fixture in an seven-week spell either side of the festive season, Preston Grasshoppers could hardly have been landed with more difficult opponents this weekend.

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Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

In last week’s column I urged this Preston Grasshoppers team to put in the complete performance that they are capable of – but had not yet delivered – in their basement scrap at Harrogate.

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Warren Gatland (second left) with members of his coaching staff Steve Borthwick (left), Rob Howley and Andy Farrell (right)

Steve thrilled by Lions coach job

Former Preston Grasshoppers star Steve Borthwick was named in Warren Gatland’s coaching team for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017.

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Steve Borthwick

Borthwick set for Lions coaching role

Steve Borthwick’s rapid rise to the higher echelon of rugby coaching seems set to continue in Dublin today.

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Will Lees scored a try in Hoppers' defeat

Agony for Hoppers

Harrogate 28 Preston Grasshoppers 26

A last-gasp try from David Doherty saw Preston Grasshoppers lose a closely fought encounter against Harrogate.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

For this Preston Grasshoppers side, Saturday’s match at Harrogate represents their most important game for the club to date.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby union column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

What is good coaching and what are the attributes of a good coach?

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Will Lees (above) could have set up Tom Forster but dropped the ball

Hoppers slip up

Stourbridge 19 Preston Grasshoppers 10

Hoppers remain in the relegation places after a damaging defeat at Stourbridge.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s RU column

Former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every week for the Evening Post

As a player Bill Beaumont loved a battle.

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