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England Women put Italy to the sword

England notched their second straight 10-try win in defence of their Women’s World Cup title by over-powering Pool A rivals Italy 56-13.

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Matt Sturgess

Big Interview: Matt Sturgess

Craig Salmon talks to Sale sharks newest recruit Matt Sturgess, who lives in Longton

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Myles Pearson in action for Team GB against Australia

Big Interview: Team GB wheelchair rugby ace Myles Pearson

It is probably the most un-PC sport there is,” Myles Pearson flashed me a devilish but knowing smile. “I mean how many other sports do you see a group of disabled people in wheelchairs hitting into each other?”

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland

Gatland will not rule out Lions role

Warren Gatland will “never say never” to leading the British and Irish Lions again in future.

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Re-match on the cards?

Lions and All Blacks re-match is mooted

Warren Gatland has admitted he would relish a British and Irish Lions rematch with New Zealand at Twickenham in November.

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Farrell - vital late kick

Lions in drama-packed series draw

Owen Farrell kicked a penalty two minutes from time as the British and Irish Lions claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.

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British and Irish Lions' George North is tackled by Hurricanes' Mark Abbott

Lions let it slip

Hurricanes 31 British & Irish Lions 31

Rory Best refused to criticise referee Romain Poite after the British and Irish Lions were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

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British and Irish Lions' Jack Nowell in action against Chiefs

Lions’ dirt-trackers clean up

Chiefs 6 British & Irish Lions 34

Rory Best insisted the British and Irish Lions drew the reaction demanded from their midweek team after the Chiefs were routed at Waikato Stadium.

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Christian Taylor

Taylor quits the Hoppers

Preston Grasshoppers RFC forward Christian Taylor has left Lightfoot Green to link up with Sale FC.

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Warburton plunges over for the Lions third try

Vanquished Lions left to lick their wounds

The British and Irish Lions scored three tries, but still suffered a narrow 23-22 defeat at the hands of the Highlanders in Dunedin, New Zealand today

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Owen Farrell celebrates with fans after the match

Lions hit back with morale-boosting win

The British and Irish Lions ignited their tour of New Zealand by ruthlessly ruining the Crusaders' perfect season with a potentially-priceless 12-3 victory.

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British and Irish Lions captain Ken Owens is tackled by Blues' Sonny Bill Williams (left) and Blake Gibson

Lack of discipline cost Lions dear says Owens

Auckland Blues 22 British & Irish Lions 16

Captain Ken Owens was left to lament a high error-count after the British and Irish Lions crashed to defeat against the Blues in Auckland.

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British and Irish Lions' Owen Farrell leaves the field at the end of the game during the tour match at the Toll Stadium, Whangarei

Sexton is defended by Gatland

Warren Gatland has insisted it would be “unfair” to write off Johnny Sexton’s challenge for a British and Irish Lions Test shirt after a wretched night in Whangarei.

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Paul Arnold is the new coach of Preston Grasshoppers

Big Interview: Hoppers’ new head coach Paul Arnold

A big surprise; kind of a ‘little strange’; certainly an eye opener.

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Ollie Trippier

Hoppers sign up Ollie

Preston Grasshoppers rugby club have continued their recruitment drive by signing Fylde forward Ollie Trippier.

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Billy Woof suffered a dislocated knee playing against Penrith last month, and after complications the lower half of his leg had to be amputated.

Fund for injured rugby player Billy Woof tops £25k

A fund set up to help former Preston Grasshoppers rugby player Billy Woof, who had his lower leg amputated after an accident during a play-off match, has topped £25,000.

Lancashire celebrate with the Trophy after the Bill Beaumont Division One Cup Final match at Twickenham

Title glory for Lancashire

Lancashire 19, Cornwall 8

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Bingham - scored a superb opening try for Lancashire

Red Rose rugby blooms at Twickenham and at Richmond

Lancashire are county champions for the 24th time in their history after a magnificent second half fightback against Cornwall at Twickenham as they prevailed 19-8.

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Lewis Allen

Allen faces big date at rugby HQ

Preston Grasshoppers full-back Lewis Allen gets a place in the Lancashire starting line-up as the Red Rose side take on Cornwall at Twickenham on Sunday for the final of rugby’s County Championship.

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James Fitzpatrick (photo: Preston Grasshoppers)

Hoppers sign up Fitzpatrick

Preston Grasshoppers have signed James Fitzpatrick as a player/assistant coach.

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