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Sep 7, 2015

Huge blow for Wales as Halfpenny ruled out of World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Wales suffered a huge Rugby World Cup blow on Monday when fullback Leigh Halfpenny, whose superb goalkicking has been a key part of their success in recent years, was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Halfpenny sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage in his country’s final warm-up win over Italy on Saturday and will play no part in the Sept.18-Oct. 31 showpiece.

Sep 7, 2015

Rugby-Huge blow for Wales as Halfpenny ruled out of World Cup

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Wales suffered a huge Rugby World Cup blow on Monday when fullback Leigh Halfpenny, whose superb goalkicking has been a key part of their success in recent years, was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Halfpenny sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage in his country’s final warm-up win over Italy on Saturday and will play no part in the Sept.18-Oct. 31 showpiece.

Sep 4, 2015

Wales braced for dogfight with England and Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Ever since the Rugby World Cup draw in late 2012 Wales have been scratching their heads as to how they ended up in the same pool as heavyweights England and Australia.

Despite reaching the semi-finals in 2011 Wales were surprisingly ranked as low as nine in the world at the time of the draw and now face two huge showdowns at Twickenham with only two teams to progress to the knockout stages.

Sep 4, 2015

Davies injury puts Williams centre of attention

LONDON (Reuters) – One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain and a season-ending knee injury for Jonathan Davies has handed centre Scott Williams the chance to play an integral part for Wales at the World Cup.

Williams has won most of his 31 caps when coming off the bench since his international debut in 2011, unable to break the established pairing of Davies and Jamie Roberts, who have been an instrumental part of Welsh success.

Sep 4, 2015

Halfpenny’s metronomic boot key for Welsh hopes

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a fair bet that if Wales are to progress from a group containing England and Australia, let alone hope to emulate their run to the semi-finals in 2011, Leigh Halfpenny will have to convert every penalty that comes his way.

The fullback heads into this World Cup in his prime and, at 27, is arguably the most deadly and dependable goalkicker in the international game.

Sep 4, 2015

Rugby-Davies injury puts Williams centre of attention

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain and a season-ending knee injury for Jonathan Davies has handed centre Scott Williams the chance to play an integral part for Wales at the World Cup.

Williams has won most of his 31 caps when coming off the bench since his international debut in 2011, unable to break the established pairing of Davies and Jamie Roberts, who have been an instrumental part of Welsh success.

Sep 4, 2015

Rugby-Halfpenny’s metronomic boot key for Welsh hopes

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – It is a fair bet that if Wales are to progress from a group containing England and Australia, let alone hope to emulate their run to the semi-finals in 2011, Leigh Halfpenny will have to convert every penalty that comes his way.

The fullback heads into this World Cup in his prime and, at 27, is arguably the most deadly and dependable goalkicker in the international game.

Sep 4, 2015

Rugby-Wales braced for dogfight with England and Australia

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Ever since the Rugby World Cup draw in late 2012 Wales have been scratching their heads as to how they ended up in the same pool as heavyweights England and Australia.

Despite reaching the semi-finals in 2011 Wales were surprisingly ranked as low as nine in the world at the time of the draw and now face two huge showdowns at Twickenham with only two teams to progress to the knockout stages.

Aug 13, 2015

Farah set to put Salazar doping storm behind him

LONDON (Reuters) – Mo Farah is set to defend his world 5,000 and 10,000 meters titles in Beijing against the backdrop of the most difficult and chastening season of his career.

The Briton has enjoyed plenty of golden moments on the track, back-to-back double Olympic and world championship triumphs ensuring he will go down as one of the greatest distance runners of all time.

Aug 1, 2015

Haddin omission hardest decision of my career – Lehmann

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – Overlooking Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin for the third Ashes test was the “hardest decision I have had to make as coach”, Darren Lehmann said.

The 37-year-old Haddin asked to be stood down for the second test at Lord’s because his daughter was sick and was not recalled for the match at Edgbaston for which understudy Peter Nevill retained his place.