Category Archives: Aviva Premiership

Rokoduguni in, Ashton out for England

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

Rokoduguni has a window to show his class in November. Photo: Planet Rugby

England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.

Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards.

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Manoa’s hattrick crush Sale

Saints winger Ken Pisi dives over for the first of six tries against Sale. Photo: Skysports

Saints winger Ken Pisi dives over for the first of six tries against Sale. Photo: Skysports

Samu Manoa scored three of Northampton’s six tries as they thrashed Sale Sharks 43-10 at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

The hosts took control of the game from the outset and there was first-half tries for Pisi brothers; George and Ken, as well as the American second-row, Manoa’s first try.

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Cockerill bites back at accusations

Richard Cockerill is under a lot of pressure. Photo: Planet Rugby

Richard Cockerill is under a lot of pressure. Photo: Planet Rugby

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has refuted ‘average accusations’ linking the Tigers training methods to their substantial injuries.

A rough start to the season has seen Leicester lose their last three matches to Bath, London Irish and Gloucester, with a huge number of players sidelined through injury.

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‘Rokoduguni the best winger in 2014’

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath's 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Semesa Rokoduguni was the man of the match in Bath’s 21-11 win over Sarasens. Photo: Skysports

Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.

The British Army soldier has made waves since joining Bath in 2012, taking the Premiership by storm and winning a call-up to the England Saxons.

Rokoduguni was at it again in the 21-11 victory at The Rec, with Ford singling him out for praise.

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Tigers win on the road at Exeter

Yellow card: Goneva. Photo: Skysports

Yellow card: Goneva. Photo: Skysports

Leicester Tigers came from behind to defeat Exeter Chiefs 24-20 at Sandy Park, England scrum-half Ben Youngs scoring the winner.

The Chiefs dominated for large parts, but the Tigers kept their cool to record their second victory of the season.

Exeter dominated early on, and capitalised on the sin binning of Vereniki Goneva to take the lead.

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Cockerill hails Goneva’s fine start

Goneva goes in for one of his tries against the Falcons. Photo: Skysports

Goneva goes in for one of his tries against the Falcons. Photo: Skysports

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits he was not surprised by Vereniki Goneva’s fast start to the new Premiership season as the Fijian helped himself to a hat-trick in Leicester Tigers’ victory over Newcastle.

Despite four Freddie Burns penalties handing Leicester a 12-3 half-time lead, Newcastle burst out of the blocks after the interval and Juan Pablo Socino – who had added a first-half penalty – converted Richard Mayhew’s try to bring the Falcons to within two points of their hosts.

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Leicester cruise past Newcastle

Tigers prop Logo Mulipola charges against Newcastle. Photo: Skysports

Tigers prop Logo Mulipola charges against Newcastle. Photo: Skysports

Vereniki Goneva’s hat-trick set Leicester on their way to a comfortable 36-17 win over Newcastle.

The Tigers were looking to lay down an early marker following last year’s semi-final disappointment, while the Falcons were out to prove they can be more than relegation-strugglers.

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Waterboy Weepu a key leader

Weepu, headwaterboy for London Welsh. Photo: Skysports

Weepu, headwaterboy for London Welsh. Photo: Skysports

London Welsh’s star signing Piri Weepu got off to an understated start with his new club, on waterboy duties against Pontypridd.

Welsh were comfortable 40-12 winners in Weepu’s first involvement with the club since landing in London on Thursday.

The World Cup-winning scrum-half is viewed as an essential player for Welsh in their bid to avoid relegation.

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Tuilagi charged in alleged assault

Tuilagi will appear in court in October. Photo: Skysports

Tuilagi will appear in court in October. Photo: Skysports

Samoa and Newcastle Falcons winger Alesana Tuilagi has been charged in connection with an alleged assault, according to reports.

Tuilagi will appear in court on October 21 in relation to an incident on Dublin’s Harcourt Street in 2011, according to RTÉ News.

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Premiership clubs to play during RWC?

The premiership spoils. Photo: Planet Rugby

The premiership spoils. Photo: Planet Rugby

Premiership Rugby has threatened to continue with their league programme during next year’s World Cup unless a deal can be reached with the RFU.

Tensions have been running high between Premiership Rugby and the RFU in recent months.

Premiership Rugby are upset after the RFU failed to consult them over the bid for the World Cup.

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