Preston Grasshoppers

Preston Grasshoppers

Hoppers run out of steam in latest loss

Sale FC 59 Preston Grasshoppers 14

Promotion-chasing Sale FC ran in nine tries against an already relegated Preston Grasshoppers side.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton alongside tour manager John Spencer (right)

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

After months of speculation and conjecture we finally have the detail on who is to represent the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer.

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Gareth Dyer

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Many Easters ago, I was part of a junior tour undertaken by Preston Grasshoppers.

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Lewis Allen was on target with the boot

Hoppers are relegated

Preston Grasshoppers 32 Harrogate 45

Preston Grasshoppers crashed out of National League Two North with a seven-try pounding by Harrogate – who are themselves still not sure of safety.

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I can reveal that Sir Clive Woodwood will NOT be joining the Hoppers revolution

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

In last week’s column, I confirmed that I had re-joined Hoppers and the club’s rugby committee. Firstly, thanks for all the messages of support – and advice.

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Sam Gale

Leicester Lions 40, Grasshoppers 14

Defeat at Leicester Lions confirmed relegation from National League Two North for Preston Grasshoppers.

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Alan Holmes is stepping down as director of rugby at Preston Grasshoppers

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

‘It’s like deja vu…all over again.’ Whilst the phrase is meant to be whimsical, Hoppers defeat to Stourbridge last Saturday gave the supporting faithful that very strange feeling that they had seen the story of the match before in this campaign.

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Sam Gale opened the scoring for Hoppers

Hoppers will need a miracle to beat drop

Preston Grasshoppers 15 Stourbridge 26

Hoppers’ dismal season went from bad to worse when they squandered a lead with five minutes to go, then compounded the folly by throwing away even a losing bonus point.

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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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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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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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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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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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