Preston Grasshoppers

Preston Grasshoppers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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