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Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

It has been a bad week for Rugby’s “bleeding heart pundits” who have gone into a collective meltdown following comments from the Six Nations CEO John Feehan that there are no plans to add Georgia to the competition.

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Garth Dew

South Leicester 23, Preston Grasshoppers 10

Preston Grasshoppers lost on their travels against South Leicester side at Welford Road.

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Jamie George (left) is now the best hooker in England and is putting pressure on Dylan Hartley (right)

Gareth Dyer’s rugby union column

Phew! Everybody have a week off – this year’s Six Nations is the highest quality tournament in years.

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David Parker

Tributes paid to Hoppers ace David

Former Preston Grasshoppers forward David Parker passed away last week.

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Niall Crossley, pictured here in action for Lancashire, was a try scorer

Same old woes cost Hoppers dear

Hoppers 17 Tynedale 34

A punctured tyre on the Tynedale team bus delayed the start of their game at Preston Grasshoppers.

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Englands Ben Teo scores the winning try against France at Twickenham last weekend

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

‘We’re a team on a journey’ ...If there is one phrase – and there are many – that currently make my skin crawl due to the blandness of modern day sports clichés, it’s that one.

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Van der Westhuizen - died at 45

South Africa World Cup hero dies

World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen has died after a long battle with motor neurone disease at the age of 45.

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Ally Murray

Hinckley 29, Preston Grasshoppers 22

Hoppers started brightly against a side that they had beaten comfortably at Lightfoot Green earlier in the season and, after early pressure, took the lead via a Lewis Allen penalty.

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Glynn - in demand

Hoppers set to pip Fylde at the post

Fylde RFC player-coach Paul Arnold has been speaking to former London Welsh scrum-half Ryan Glynn in a bid to persuade him to aid the club’s survival fight – but the Woodlands club looks set to be pipped to his signature by neighbours Preston Grasshoppers.

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Lewis Allens kicking was immaculate in the win over Otley

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

With it being the start of the Six Nations Championship this weekend I was going to focus on the tournament and the prospects for the teams involved.

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Lewis Allen had a 100% record with the boot

Hoppers end barren run

Preston Grasshoppers bagged their first win since November by defeating Otley 30-5 at Lightfoot Green

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Peter Altham for Preston.

Preston Grasshoppers 24, Scunthorpe 25

Tom Foster’s converted try sealed a last-play victory for Scunthorpe against a dejected Preston Grasshoppers side at Lightfoot Green.

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Eddie Jones was at Lightfoot Green on Monday night

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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