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Sexton will be ready for Lions duty, says Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster insists Johnny Sexton will be carefully managed throughout the business end of a season that concludes with the British and Irish Lions’ tour to New Zealand.

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New Titans head coach Andy Key

Rotherham Titans 7 Nottingham 46: Andy Key preparing to take on ‘massive’ challenge to rebuild the Titans

If anyone had any doubts about the Himalayan size of the job that new coach Andy Key has undertaken at Rotherham, they were rapidly removed as embarrassing events unfolded at Clifton Lane during the club’s last home match of a painful and stressful season.

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Clive Griffiths, Doncaster Knights Director of Rugby.

Cornish Pirates 34 Doncaster Knights 17: Knights left with one last chance after loss

Doncaster Knights’ grip on a top-four spot loosened dramatically as a defeat to Cornish Pirates left them facing a huge game against Jersey in two weeks.

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Yorkshire Carnegie's Ben West

Yorkshire Carnegie 41 Richmond 3: West at the treble as Carnegie return to winning ways to seal play-off berth

UNLIKELY hero Ben West scored a hat-trick in the final 19 minutes as Yorkshire Carnegie got back onto the winning trail at last and also secured their Championship play-off semi-final place.

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Ollie Stedman

Yorkshire Carnegie's Ollie Stedman insists Championship second spot is not sealed

Yorkshire Carnegie forward Ollie Stedman has warned his team-mates that they can no longer take second place for granted after a drastic downturn in fortunes.

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Rotherham Titans captain Will Owen says it shouldnt take a sacking for players to raise their game (Picture: Scott Merrylees).

Some Rotherham Titans struggling with Burnell’s axing, says Owen

ROTHERHAM TITANS’ captain Will Owen says some players “don’t know how to deal” with Justin Burnell’s sacking, but must accept some responsibility.

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Yorkshire's football badges; Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Barnsley FC, Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Guiseley

Quiz of the week: Test your sports knowledge from Yorkshire and beyond from last seven days

It has been a busy week of headlines in Yorkshire sport with Gareth Southgate's first game in permanent charge of England, the exclusive news of uncertainty at Wakefield Trinity and the release of Leeds United's account.
Leeds Carnegie director of rugby Andy Key is to become the new head coach of Rotherham Titans.

Former Leeds coach Key to take up reins at Rotherham after Burnell’s departure

Andy Key, the former Leeds Carnegie director of rugby, is to be the new head coach of Rotherham Titans.

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Rotherham Titans have sacked head coach Justin Burnell after winning just one of their last 14 games (Picture: Scott Merrylees).

Burnell axed as Rotherham Titans look to make quick start to squad rebuilding

Justin Burnell yesterday paid the price for Rotherham Titans’ wretched run of form that in any other year would have left them facing relegation to semi-professional rugby.

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Rotherham Titans have parted company with head coach Justin Burnell. (Picture: Scott Merrylees)

Justin Burnell leaves Rotherham Titans

Rotherham Titans have parted company with head coach Justin Burnell, with the club languishing near the foot of the Championship table.

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England captain Dylan Hartley holds the Six Nations trophy, which they were assured of ahead of their loss to Ireland (Picture: PA).

Dave Craven - Six Nations: English eyes should still be smiling despite loss to Ireland

HAVING won 18 successive games, it would be churlish to be too analytical or indignant now that England have finally lost a Test match.

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Video - Lewis Boyce in pledge to give his all before exit from Carnegie

Harlequins-bound Lewis Boyce has promised Yorkshire Carnegie fans there will be no let up in the intensity of his play despite signing a deal with the Premiership club for next season.

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Glen Boyd scored a try for Pontefract who gave Yorkshire One leaders Bridlington a scare before losing 41-25 in the Yorkshire Shield.

West Leeds remain on track for return visit to Twickenham

WEST LEEDS, last season’s National Senior Vase winners, progressed to the semi-finals of the National Intermediate Cup after beating a physical Aspatria side 50-10.

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Video: We took our foot off the gas, concedes Doncaster Knights’ Paul Jarvis

Doncaster Knights’ centurion Paul Jarvis believes the club’s surprise run to the Championship’s play-off final last season will strengthen them for the promotion run-in this term.

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England's Jack Nowell and Elliott Daly stand dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Six Nations: Disappointment in Dublin will steel England in long-term – Jones

HEAD COACH Eddie Jones insists England will ultimately prosper from seeing a place in history denied by Ireland’s Grand Slam ambush in Dublin.

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Rotherham Titans' head coach Justin Burnell (Picture: Scott Merrylees).

Rotherham left counting cost of ‘horrendous’ lineouts

Rotherham Titans left the Channel Islands with plenty of respect, but no points, as their wretched season nears its conclusion.

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The dismay of not bettering New Zealands record run of 18 Test wins shows on the faces of Courtney Lawes, left, and Maro Itoje (Picture: PA).

Ireland 13 England 9: Ireland master England and deal dual blow

England’s winning run was finally brought to a close as their quest for consecutive Grand Slams ended in this defeat by Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

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England captain Dylan Hartley lifts the Six Nations trophy at the RBS 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Six Nations: We weren’t good enough, admits magnanimous Jones

When defeat finally came, it was met with a surprising degree of graciousness from a man who left his personality imprinted on the RBS Six Nations once again.

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Doncaster Knights try, without success on this occasion, to force the ball over the line during their 31-26 televised defeat of Yorkshire Carnegie (Picture: Glenn Ashley).

Doncaster Knights 31 Yorkshire Carnegie 26: Knights prevail against Carnegie in thrilling televised duel

In all likelihood, these two rivals will meet again in the Championship’s promotion semi-final and, on the evidence of this, that will be something to relish.

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England's Jack Nowell (left) stands dejected.

Ireland 13 England 9: Irish end England’s unbeaten record

England’s winning run was finally brought to a close as their quest for consecutive Grand Slams ended in a 13-9 defeat by Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

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