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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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Lewis Allen impressed at centre

Preston Grasshoppers 32, Sheffield Tigers 21

Lewis Allen’s immaculate kicking from the tee helped Preston Grasshoppers to recover from another shaky start and record their third win of the season.

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Billy Woof plays for Hoppers tomorrow

Hoppers on hunt for Tigers

Preston Grasshoppers embark on their second “big game hunt” of the season tomorrow, in desperate need of making a killing to drag themselves out of the bottom three in National League Two North.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s Rugby Union column

The former Preston Grasshoppers player and ex-director of rugby at Lightfoot Green writes every Friday for the Evening Post

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Mike Haley

Mike misses out on England debut

Mike Haley has missed out on a place in England’s matchday squad for this weekend’s clash against South Africa at Twickenham.

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Lewis Allen's last-gasp conversion attempt struck the woodwork

Hoppers so close again

Luctonians 20 Preston Grasshoppers 12

Again Hoppers showed considerable promise at Luctonians, played some good running rugby but came up short.

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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

I speak to supporters from many different clubs during the course of a season and it is the topic of money in the game that dominates most pitch-side conversations.

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Lewis Allen

Preston Grasshoppers 20, Leicester 22

There was a heightened feeling of déjà vu around Lightfoot Green on Saturday as Preston Grasshoppers had to settle for their fourth losing bonus point in their last five games.

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Craig Salmon talks to former Preston Grasshoppers ace and new England recruit Mike Haley

If – or more likely when – Mike Haley pulls on the white shirt bearing the red rose of England later this year, there are sure to be a few glasses raised in his honour in the bar at Lightfoot Lane.

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Lewis Allen is back for Hoppers this weekend

Hoppers look for response

After another agonisingly close away defeat last Saturday, Preston Grasshoppers will be looking to put in a full 80-minute performance tomorrow to match their late revival at Tynedale and the previous week’s mostly dominant display in the home win over Hinckley.

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Mike Haley

Former Preston Grasshoppers director of rugby Gareth Dyer’s weekly column

With the autumn International series of Test matches now only a week away, it has been interesting to see the various countries announce their squads for the upcoming games.

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Mike Haley

England call-up for Haley

Former Preston Grasshoppers ace Mike Haley will be aiming to force his way into the England matchday squad for the autumn internationals.

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Ally Murray crossed the whitewash for Hoppers in the closing stages

Too little too late for Hoppers

Tynedale 26 Preston Grasshoppers 22

With an hour gone, Hoppers looked dead and buried at 26-3 down but a late revival almost took the spoils.

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Anthony Foley's death was a huge shock last weekend

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

Last week was a busy one on both the local and European rugby scene with the first round of games in this season’s European competitions and a full domestic league 
programme.

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Lewis Allen

Preston Grasshoppers 51, Hinckley 17

A 31-point second-half blitz ended Preston Grasshoppers’ run of five successive defeats and brought them their first four-try bonus point of the National League Two North season.

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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

For those regular readers of my column you may be forgiven for thinking that I have copied one of last season’s articles to fill this week.

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Olly Viney showed his class with a try for Hoppers

Hoppers so close

Otley 20 Preston Grasshoppers 18

For the second week running, Hoppers came within a whisker of an away win but left with just a losing bonus point.

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