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Oct 22, 2015

Dylan does Sinatra his way on hallowed London stage

LONDON (Reuters) – Had you seen Bob Dylan reinventing popular music on the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1966, you would never have believed that nearly 50 years later he would be treading the same boards and crooning the songs of Frank Sinatra.

But there he was on Wednesday night, skipping over his own formidable songbook in favor of lovelorn 1950’s ballads made famous by the Chairman of the Board.

Oct 16, 2015

World Cup heads to sudden death and north-south divide

LONDON (Reuters) – Irish eyes will be on flyhalf Johnny Sexton on Sunday, willing him to inspire their injury-hit side to victory over a rampaging Argentina and secure the men in green their first ever Rugby World Cup semi-final place.

Sexton limped off in last weekend’s victory over France but was declared fit to play on Friday, a welcome boost for an Ireland team that has lost key players.

Oct 16, 2015

Rugby-World Cup heads to sudden death and north-south divide

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Irish eyes will be on flyhalf Johnny Sexton on Sunday, willing him to inspire their injury-hit side to victory over a rampaging Argentina and secure the men in green their first ever Rugby World Cup semi-final place.

Sexton limped off in last weekend’s victory over France but was declared fit to play on Friday, a welcome boost for an Ireland team that has lost key players.

Oct 14, 2015

Injuries, suspensions weigh on Rugby World Cup last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa winger JP Pietersen will return from injury to form an attacking spearhead with Bryan Habana against Wales in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham.

Pietersen, who missed the 64-0 rout of the United States in the Springboks’ final pool match a week ago, has recovered from a knee injury and will resume service on the right wing in an otherwise unchanged side.

Oct 14, 2015

Rugby-Injuries, suspensions weigh on Rugby World Cup last eight

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – South Africa winger JP Pietersen will return from injury to form an attacking spearhead with Bryan Habana against Wales in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham.

Pietersen, who missed the 64-0 rout of the United States in the Springboks’ final pool match a week ago, has recovered from a knee injury and will resume service on the right wing in an otherwise unchanged side.

Oct 3, 2015

Rugby-Scotland must hit the ground running, says coach Cotter

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 3 (Reuters) – There was no coming back for Scotland this time and coach Vern Cotter conceded that the team’s slow starts are becoming a concern after Saturday’s 34-16 Rugby World Cup loss to South Africa.

Scotland produced another brave second-half performance in the Pool B clash but had left themselves a mountain to climb after trailing 20-3 at halftime.

Oct 3, 2015

South Africa hold off Scotland to stay alive

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – South Africa held their nerve to outmuscle Scotland 34-16 in a heart-stopping Pool B match on Saturday and keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.

The Springboks, upset 34-32 by Japan in their first game, dominated the first half and tries by flanker Schalk Burger and winger JP Pietersen gave them a 20-3 lead at the interval.

Oct 3, 2015

Rugby-South Africa hold off Scotland to stay alive

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 3 (Reuters) – South Africa held their nerve to outmuscle Scotland 34-16 in a heart-stopping Pool B match on Saturday and keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.

The Springboks, upset 34-32 by Japan in their first game, dominated the first half and tries by flanker Schalk Burger and winger JP Pietersen gave them a 20-3 lead at the interval.

Oct 3, 2015

Nelson Mandela inducted to Rugby Hall of Fame

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Late South African President Nelson Mandela, who brought white and black South Africans together through rugby after the end of apartheid, was posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Francois Pienaar, the captain of the Springboks team that won the World Cup on home soil in 1995 and who worked closely with Mandela, received the Hall of Fame cap in a special ceremony on the pitch before the start of South Africa’s match against Scotland at St. James’ Park, Newcastle.

Oct 3, 2015

Scots and Boks in battle to stake quarter-final claims

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – South Africa and Scotland are set for a bruising battle at a foggy Newcastle on Saturday as they bid to take a big step towards reaching the Rugby World Cup knockout stage from a Pool B that is still all up for grabs.

Twice world champions South Africa are the favourites but as they learned in their shock defeat by Japan in their opening game that upsets can happen.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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