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Following yet another plea for experienced players to forsake retirement and continue playing in lower teams in order to provide tangible encouragement to younger players finally Macclesfield were able to select a Vets team for the first time. Players must be over 28. The average age is in the 30s. This is in every sense the start of a Golden Era, after many seasons of trying to maintain the playing strength of the club against falling player registrations for the first time there was a real step for players to extend their playing careers and their membership of the rugby club. It was a slow start initially just one game against a Widnes Vets side who had a full season of fixtures scheduled. In time Macclesfield would field as many as three different sides with Vets status.


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"He plays with no fear." Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann has praised young back Ollie Thorley's "tremendous" form. ➡️ bbc.in/2G9HaVC

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New contract at Worcester Warriors. ✍️ Scrum-half Michael Heaney has signed a new two-year deal with the Premiership club. More: bbc.in/2C1DTU5

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Leinster and Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw faces up to another eight weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. He's likely to miss the Six Nations opener against England. ➡️ bbc.in/2EcwQt9

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Stuart Barnes looks at what caught his eye after round 3 of the Champions Cup, including wins for Gloucester, Saracens and Racing: skysports.tv/WtkNfj

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"100% he will be fit." Saracens boss Mark McCall says England lock Maro Itoje, who is currently out with a knee injury, should be ready for the Six Nations. 👉 bbc.in/2SDacya

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Team of the Week 🏉 Find out who makes it into our 1⃣5⃣ after another busy weekend of European Cup rugby, with some 10 clubs represented. 👉 More here: skysports.tv/TVuxNz

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