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Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

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

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

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

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

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

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

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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Peter Altham was immense at prop for Hoppers

Hoppers boost survival hopes

Hoppers 21 Leicester Lions 5

Unpredictable Preston Grasshoppers pulled off a possibly season-saving victory over third-placed Leicester Lions to move back off the bottom of National League Two North.

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Now is not the time to expand the Six Nations

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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