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Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

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Marc Turnbull, 38, fired on Rocky six times with an air rifle, hit him with shovel and left him for dead in a ditch

The Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown will be playing at Harlequins until at least 2016 after signing a new contract to remain at The Stoop

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Conor O'Shea and his fellow members of the Harlequins hierarchy were not exactly in party mood when they lost the prop James Johnston to Saracens at the end of last season: they knew instantly that, without the supersized Samoan's scrummaging strength, their chances of regaining the Premiership title over the next eight months would be less than brilliant.

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London suburb tops list of places where people are seeking financial help

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Both sides scored in injury time as Coventry and Preston played out an eight-goal thriller in League One yesterday.

Speed merchants: Breaking free in the World Club Sevens at Twickenham

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Marketing men rub their hands as Sevens format quickly gains ground around the world

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Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill claims RFU have set a dangerous precedent that he expects to be maintained

Tigers director of rugby was banned for using foul and abusive language and expects anyone who swears in the future to face the same punishment

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