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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.

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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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England head coach Eddie Jones (right) during the Six Nations defeat by Ireland at Twickenham

Under-fire Eddie won’t lose sleep

England 15 Ireland 24

Eddie Jones made light of being booed by disgruntled supporters after England’s defeat at Twickenham that saw Ireland crowned Grand Slam champions.

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Paul Arnold is hoping to seal the league title by the end of the month

Hoppers aim to seal league title quickly

Preston Grasshoppers head coach Paul Arnold is looking to sew-up the North Premier League title as quickly as possible.

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Ollie Trippier

Preston Grasshoppers 24, Harrogate 17

Preston Grasshoppers pocketed another five points to take them within two victories of clinching promotion from the North Premier League.

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Hoppers head coach Paul Arnold

Back to action for Grasshoppers after a blank weekend

After last weekend’s almost total “white-out”, it’s back to business in the promotion quests by Preston Grasshoppers and Vale of Lune.

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Eddie Jones has some dilemmas over selection

Gareth Dyer’s rugby column

Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers

It’s been an interesting last month in the world of rugby union.

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Preston's visit from Ilkley will have to be rearranged

Hoppers’ match falls victim to weather

Preston Grasshoppers’ North Premier League clash with Ilkley at Lightfoot Green on Saturday has become the latest fixture to fall foul of the big freeze.

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Chris Roddy is in the Preston Grasshoppers team this weekend

Preston Grasshoppers are handed title target

Results of last Saturday’s rearranged matches mean that Preston Grasshoppers now need just 19 points from their remaining six fixtures to be sure of promotion straight back from the North Premier League.

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