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Bristol end seven-year Premiership exile despite Doncaster’s late rally

Rugby Ball

The road has been long and winding but Bristol’s seven-year exile from the Premiership is finally over. Never in the club’s long and distinguished history has a home defeat been celebrated so raucously. Had the hosts not held a 15-point cushion from the first leg, the last-quarter tension would probably have dislodged tiles from nearby rooftops.

Eddie Jones: Steffon Armitage will not be fast-tracked into England side

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has poured scorn on suggestions from Toulon’s owner, Mourad Boudjellal, that Steffon Armitage has been promised an immediate route back into the England squad this year, insisting the flanker will have to move back across the Channel before he is considered for international duty and denying having spoken to anyone at the French club.

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks with England rugby coach Eddie Jones (R) during nets

Eddie Jones plots the next stage of his England tour de force

If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.

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