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Hoppers coach hails victory ‘that wins leagues’

Wirral 7 Preston Grasshoppers 14

Preston Grasshoppers remain unbeaten as they go into the Christmas break after an ill-tempered, hard fought victory at sixth-placed Wirral, writes KEN MOORE.

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Matt Lamprey misses this weekends game through injury (photo: Mike Craig)

Arnold’s Hoppers there to be shot at

Preston Grasshoppers’ head coach Paul Arnold admits it is tough being at the top.

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Jake Squirrell

Preston Grasshoppers 38, Billingham 5

Preston Grasshoppers struggled for half-an-hour to impose themselves on a feisty Billingham side, but proceeded to run in six tries for another emphatic bonus-point victory at the halfway point in the North Premier League.

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Matt Frings has impressed in his second-team appearances and has forced his way into Hoppers'  first-team picture (photo: Mike Craig)

In-form Billingham sure to provide stern test for Hoppers

Billingham make their first visit to Preston Grasshoppers tomorrow in a clash of two teams which are on a roll in the North Premier League.

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Scott Jordan scores Hoppers' decisive third try (photo: Mike Craig)

Gareth Dyer’s monthly rugby union column

After Preston Grasshoppers’ weekend game with Billingham we will have reached the halfway point in this season’s campaign.

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Hoppers man of the match Matt Lamprey (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers survive a scare at bottom club

Morley 10 Preston Grasshoppers 38

Leading up to this top-versus-bottom clash, Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold expressed his concerns about a possible ‘banana skin’, writes KEN MOORE.

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St Louis Crusaders vs Chicago Dragons at the 2016 Bingham Cup  a biennial international, nonprofessional, gay rugby union tournament.

An all-inclusive LGBT-friendly rugby club is on its way to Lancashire

Lancashire is set to welcome a new gay-friendly rugby team, with demands for matches already in full swing before it has even put a squad together
Oli Trippier

Basement boys visit gives Arnold jitters

It’s a top-v-bottom clash for Preston Grasshoppers tomorrow when they visit stragglers Morley in the North Premier League – and, says head coach Paul Arnold, “these are the games that scare me more.”

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Flooding at Hudson Park

Club hopeful of play despite severe flooding to ground

Garstang Rugby Club are hopeful of seeing some action on Saturday despite their Hudson Park ground resembling a lake over the past week.

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Scott Jordan scores Hoppers decisive third try

Preston Grasshoppers 19, Lymm 16

Preston Grasshoppers went five points clear at the top of the North Premier League with this hard-earned victory over second-placed Lymm.
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Hoppers braced for top-of-table clash

After a weekend off, club rugby gets back to business tomorrow with a tasty top-two clash for Preston Grasshoppers in the North Premier League.

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Head coach Paul Arnold is hoping to be available for the crunch game against Lymm

Hoppers hoping to ‘escape’ to victory

There is no ‘escape’ for Preston Grasshoppers this week despite the fact that there is a blank in the fixture list tomorrow.

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Jake Squirrell

Harrogate 16, Hoppers 32

This was a typical cross-Pennine battle, involving first and third in the table, a physical contest with some big hits which unfortunately ended on a sour note with a flurry of cards.
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Sam Stott will be on the bench this weekend for Preston Grasshoppers

Hoppers must cut out sloppy errors

Paul Arnold admits his Preston Grasshoppers team will need to improve tomorrow when they take on third-placed Harrogate.

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Ally Murray scores at Ilkley (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers’ spirit sees them bounce back

Ilkley 24 Preston Grasshoppers 29

At half-time, Hoppers had a mountain to climb and their unbeaten record looked distinctly under threat as they trailed 17-5.

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Paul Millea returns for Hoppers at Ilkley

Hoppers coach Arnie admits: ‘We are there to be shot at’

Preston Grasshoppers travel to Ilkley for the clubs’ first-ever league meeting – and more than 50 years since they last played each other, writes PAUL OUTHWAITE.

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Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers

Gareth Dyer’s Hoppers’ rugby union column

Preston Grasshoppers’ form in October has been pleasing with a maximum 15 points taken from the 15 available across the three games played.

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Bill Beaumont in Japan for the World Cup draw

England discover their rivals in Rugby World Cup

England's opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be against Tonga.

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Phot: Mike Craig

Preston Grasshoppers 53, Pocklington 0

Preston Grasshoppers had to show both sides of their rugby character to extend their unbeaten run to eight games – do-or-die defence and destructive attacking flair.

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Kevin Sinfield

Sinfield signs up for Hoppers

Legendary rugby league star Kevin Sinfield could make an appearance for Preston Grasshoppers ‘maybe down the line’ this season.

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