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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.

Jake Squirrell
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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Player-coach Paul Arnold has guided Preston Grasshoppers to the top of the North Premier

Hoppers won’t be resting on laurels

Paul Arnold has revealed his friendship with Mark Nelson has ‘just about survived’ despite the Preston Grasshoppers head coach getting the better of his old mentor.

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Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield, pictured during his final year with Leeds Rhinos in 2015, has attended training sessions at Preston Grasshoppers

Dyer dampens talk of Sinfield signing for Hoppers

Preston Grasshoppers chief Gareth Dyer has dampened speculation linking rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield with a move to Lightfoot Green.

Preston Grasshoppers' Matt Lamprey (photo: Mike Craig)

Hoppers go top after seeing off old boys

Rossendale 8 Preston Grasshoppers 26

Hoppers kept their unbeaten record so far this season with an impressive display in atrocious conditions at Rossendale and, since Lymm could only draw at Kendal, replaced them in top spot in the league, writes KEN MOORE.

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Hoppers old boy Lewis Allen faces his former club this weekend

Hoppers coach ready for ‘daddy of all’ games

Paul Arnold is relishing the prospect of coming up against his ‘rugby dad’ tomorrow.

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Paul Arnold in action for Preston Grasshoppers this season

Hoppers still a work in progress

Preston Grasshoppers player/coach Paul Arnold admits there is still plenty to work on despite his side’s fine start to the season.

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Preston Grasshoppers Under-11s at the tournament hosted by Sale RFC in Manchester

Hoppers youngsters helped make history

Youngsters from Preston Grasshoppers played a part in creating history as they took part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, hosted by Sale Sharks.

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Nick Haughton is congratulated by his team-mates after his wonder strike

Haughton on top of the world after wonder goal

Chorley midfielder Nick Haughton is still on cloud nine after his wonder strike against Alfreton Town on Saturday.

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Scott Jordan

Preston Grasshoppers 27, Kirkby Lonsdale 26

Another bonus-point victory kept Preston Grasshoppers in second place in the North Premier League. But the overwhelming reaction – from head coach Paul Arnold down – was massive relief.

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Action from Hoppers' recent 60-14 win against Birkenhead Park

Gareth Dyer’s monthly rugby column

Gareth Dyer is head of rugby operations at Preston Grasshoppers.

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Ally Murray scores against Kendal

Arnold delighted as Hoppers spoil party

Before a bumper crowd with World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont officially opening Kendal’s superb new venue, Preston Grasshoppers spoilt the hosts’ party by coming away with an important, hard-fought 25-19 win.

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Stuart Robinson. Photo: Help for Heroes

Lancashire veteran scoops Invictus medal

A Morecambe veteran is celebrating after winning a medal for the second time at the Invictus games.

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