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Mar 22, 2015

Analysis – Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 22, 2015

Rugby-Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 14, 2015

Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF, March 14 (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.

Mar 14, 2015

Wales hold off Ireland to blow Six Nations wide open

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Resilient Wales withstood a second-half battering to blow the Six Nations wide open and end holders Ireland’s grand slam hopes with a 23-16 victory on Saturday.

After an opening home defeat by England, Wales have hit back with three successive wins and by defeating previously undefeated Ireland they have a shot at the title heading into the final round next week.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Wales hold off Ireland to blow Six Nations wide open

CARDIFF, March 14 (Reuters) – Resilient Wales withstood a second-half battering to blow the Six Nations wide open and end holders Ireland’s grand slam hopes with a 23-16 victory on Saturday.

After an opening home defeat by England, Wales have hit back with three successive wins and by defeating previously undefeated Ireland they have a shot at the title heading into the final round next week.

Mar 13, 2015

No last Gold Cup hurrah but cheers aplenty for McCoy

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – There was no fairytale third Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph or even a final Festival winner for the champion jockey on Friday but that did not stop nearly 70,000 racegoers hailing Tony McCoy one last time.

Just as in the previous three days at jump racing’s showpiece the Northern Irishman, who will retire from the saddle next month after dominating the sport for 20 years, was saluted before and after every race.

Mar 13, 2015

Coneygree takes Gold Cup glory for De Boinville

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Nico de Boinville, a professional jockey for barely a year, landed the most prestigious race of the English jump-racing season when Coneygree led from pillar to post to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

De Boinville’s pass-me-if-you-can tactics in his first Gold Cup ride paid off as the lightly-raced 7-1 chance reveled in the rain-softened ground, digging deep to fend off the fast-finishing Djakadam (10-1) and Road to Riches (8-1).

Mar 11, 2015

Wobbly-legged Dettori toasts Cheltenham success

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Frankie Dettori, more accustomed to riding big winners on the flat, celebrated a jumping success at the Cheltenham Festival when the horse he bred, Dodging Bullets, won the blue riband Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.

Italian Dettori’s smile was as wide as the Cheltenham paddock as Sam Twiston-Davies steered Dodging Bullets to a narrow success in a thrilling three-horse battle to the line.

Mar 10, 2015

Walsh and Mullins enjoy Ruby Tuesday at Cheltenham

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh won the Champion Hurdle with unbeaten Faugheen as the pair dominated the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

Irishman Mullins saddled a 1-2-3 in front of over 60,000 racegoers as Faugheen, the 4-5 favorite, stormed home ahead of stable mates Arctic Fire (20-1) and twice winner Hurricane Fly (8-1) in the big race.