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Skofic Sevens tournament is another huge success

Elite players scrummed down with social rugby devotees to turn the Skofic Sevens competition into another record-breaking event.

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Lancashire celebrate with the trophy

Twickenham glory for Red Rose county

Lancashire retained their Bill Beaumont County Championship title in a seesaw final at Twickenham, where they defeated Hertfordshire 32-16.

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Anthony Bingham scores one of his three tries for Lancashire at the Woodlands    Picture: CHRIS FARROW

Lancashire 64, Cheshire 23

Lancashire cruised to another Twickenham final with a comfortable-looking victory over Cheshire in the final round of group matches in the Bill Beaumont County Championship.

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Paul Millea

Title-winning Preston Grasshoppers captain commits future to the club

Preston Grasshoppers have completed their first major piece of business after promotion with the news that title-winning captain Paul Millea is staying put.

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Jordan Dorrington scored two tries

Red Rose romp to seven-try triumph

Lancashire racked up a second high-scoring win in their pursuit of another rugby union County Championship title.

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Evan Stewart was shown a yellow card and scored a try in the Vale of Lune's defeat on the final day of the season

Wilmslow 37-22 Vale of Lune: Champions end season with final-day defeat

Champions Vale of Lune slipped to a final-day defeat as Wilmslow pipped Northwich to the promotion play-off place in North One West.

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Paul Arnold

Title success harder than it looked says Preston Grasshoppers coach

Paul Arnold revealed his Preston Grasshoppers team found the challenge of winning the North Premier league title a lot harder than it looked.

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Paul Arnold

Preston Grasshoppers 66, Sandal 20

Preston Grasshoppers wrapped up their title-winning season with a 10-try flourish, which preserved their 100 per cent home record in the North Premier League.

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Hoppers head coach Paul Arnold

Champions Preston Grasshoppers aiming to finish on a high

Preston Grasshoppers hope to put last Saturday’s defeat – only the second of the season – behind them and finish with a flourish when they host Sandal to round off their title-winning campaign in the North Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

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A Lancashire Typhoons training session in January. Photo: Rob Lock.

Historic day as inclusive rugby team play their first ever match

Lancashire’s newest gay-friendly and inclusive rugby team has played its first ever match in what has been labelled as an ‘historic’ event for the sports team.
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Hoppers' Connor Trueman

Hoppers must learn lesson warns coach

Billingham 31 Preston Grasshoppers 27

Champions Hoppers suffered their second defeat of the season against a determined Billingham side who capitalised on some lapses in defence and at times indifferent handling.

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Hoppers lift the trophy (photo: Mike Craig)

Arnold wants Hoppers stars to savour moment

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold has urged his title-winning players to enjoy the final few weeks of the season.

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The winning team West Coast Crash in Denmark

Victory for county wheelchair rugby star

A county wheelchair rugby player is celebrating after a big win for his team.

Preston Grasshoppers captain Paul Millea lifts the title

Hoppers collect the title trophy in style

Preston Grasshoppers recovered from a sluggish start to rack up 57 unanswered points and put a resounding gloss on collecting the North Premier League championship trophy at the end of their 22nd victory of this impressive season.

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Ally Murray switches to lock (photo: Mike Craig)

Title-winners Preston and Vale hope to celebrate in style

No rest for the champions. Preston Grasshoppers, newly-crowned kings of the North Premier League, and Vale of Lune, confirmed as title-winners in North One West last weekend, are both straight back into action tomorrow.

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Paul Arnold (left) has guided Preston Grasshoppers to the title and promotion

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column: Hoppers deserved the title

Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers

I have always been of the view that league tables do not lie.

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Matt Lamprey now has 32 tries for the season (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers are champions

Preston Grasshoppers 42 Ilkley 26

Despite a determined effort by Ilkley to spoil the promotion party, Preston Grasshoppers clinched the North Premier League title – and an immediate return to National League Two North – with three matches to spare.

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James Fitzpatrick is unavailable for Preston Grasshoppers this weekend

Preston Grasshoppers’ fighting spirit has been key in title charge

Preston Grasshoppers’ ability to grind out victories from losing positions is what has set them apart from the pack this season.

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Matt Lamprey scores his hat-trick try. Photo: Mike Craig

Lymm 32, Preston Grasshoppers 39

This proved to be the proverbial game of two halves with Hoppers coming back from what looked like an irretrievable deficit at half time.

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Alex Hurst

Preston Grasshoppers ready to face Lymm in top-of-the-table clash

Preston Grasshoppers return to to action after their latest Saturday off with a first league visit to Lymm, who are fourth in the North Premier League – 20 points behind their visitors.

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