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Rugby’s back! The Premiership returns after five months – here’s what the stars did during lockdown

Premiership Rugby finally returns on Friday after five long months of lockdown.

The restart will see Harlequins face Sale Sharks in the first game back with matches taking place behind closed doors. There’s plenty to play for with the top four places still to be decided.

There have been no fixtures since March 8 but players have had plenty of things to keep them occupied during their time off. Exeter chiefs player Jack Nowell became a father for the second time with his wife Zoe giving birth to baby Zimi. Sportsmail takes a look at what other stars got up to during their time off. 

Harlequins prop Joe Marler found a unique way of keeping himself fit.

The 30-year-old is pictured wielding an axe at his home as he chopped down trees.

Meanwhile England team-mate and Bath centre Jonathan Joseph took to training with his brother Will, who is an England Under 18 international.

Some sports stars took up other sports during their time away from their own game.

Northampton’s George Furbank tried his hand at a bit of cricket in his back garden but the full-back will be back in his rugby gear this weekend.

Courtney Lawes took on a bit more of a demanding workout, pushing himself with some pull-ups on a small football goal in his local park.

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