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Oct 10, 2015

Rugby-Wounded Samoa stand between Scotland and last eight

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Scotland start as strong favourites to book themselves a quarter-final place by beating Samoa on Saturday, but nothing can be taken for granted in the most intriguing and unpredictable of the four pools in the Rugby World Cup.

Victory would give the Scots second place behind South Africa in Pool B and send them through to a last-eight game against Australia or Wales.

Oct 9, 2015

Tonga rue slow World Cup start, lose automatic 2019 slot

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Tonga had promised to “fight fire with fire” against the New Zealand All Blacks and they proved true to their word on Friday, but they now face the hard grind of qualifying for the next Rugby World Cup after losing their automatic slot.

Early in the second half at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Tonga pegged back the world champions to 14-6, but they failed to break through for a try while Kieran Read was sin-binned, and were finally submerged by a wave of New Zealand tries.

Oct 9, 2015

Rugby-Tonga rue slow World Cup start, lose automatic 2019 slot

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Tonga had promised to “fight fire with fire” against the New Zealand All Blacks and they proved true to their word on Friday, but they now face the hard grind of qualifying for the next Rugby World Cup after losing their automatic slot.

Early in the second half at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Tonga pegged back the world champions to 14-6, but they failed to break through for a try while Kieran Read was sin-binned, and were finally submerged by a wave of New Zealand tries.

Oct 9, 2015

Late New Zealand try spree buoys Hansen as knock-out stage looms

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Steve Hansen is a difficult man to please, but the All Blacks coach pronounced himself “really happy” on Friday with his team’s second-half performance in the 47-9 pounding of Tonga.

Playing a team ranked 11 places lower, the world champions produced a scratchy first-half display, just as they had struggled to find top gear in earlier wins over Argentina, Namibia and Georgia.

Oct 9, 2015

Rugby-Late NZ try spree buoys Hansen as knock-out stage looms

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Steve Hansen is a difficult man to please, but the All Blacks coach pronounced himself “really happy” on Friday with his team’s second-half performance in the 47-9 pounding of Tonga.

Playing a team ranked 11 places lower, the world champions produced a scratchy first-half display, just as they had struggled to find top gear in earlier wins over Argentina, Namibia and Georgia.

Oct 9, 2015

Nonu celebrates with try in 100th test as NZ down Tonga

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Holders New Zealand rampaged past Tonga with a 47-9 victory, sealed by a try from Ma’a Nonu on his 100th test appearance, to secure top spot in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Leading 14-3 at the break after two converted tries, the All Blacks ran riot in the second half to add five more as they relentlessly wore down their opponents.

Oct 9, 2015

Rugby-Nonu celebrates with try in 100th test as NZ down Tonga

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Holders New Zealand rampaged past Tonga with a 47-9 victory, sealed by a try from Ma’a Nonu on his 100th test appearance, to secure top spot in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Leading 14-3 at the break after two converted tries, the All Blacks ran riot in the second half to add five more as they relentlessly wore down their opponents.

Oct 9, 2015

All Blacks face fired-up Tonga in final pool game

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – With nothing to lose, Tonga are in fighting mood for Friday’s Pool C clash with holders New Zealand as they look to end their disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign on a high note.

Coach Mana Otai summoned up the spirit of Tonga’s famous victory over France at the last World Cup when asked on the eve of the match if the Ikale Tahi could defeat the All Blacks.

Oct 9, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks face fired-up Tonga in final pool game

NEWCASTLE, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With nothing to lose, Tonga are in fighting mood for Friday’s Pool C clash with holders New Zealand as they look to end their disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign on a high note.

Coach Mana Otai summoned up the spirit of Tonga’s famous victory over France at the last World Cup when asked on the eve of the match if the Ikale Tahi could defeat the All Blacks.

Sep 24, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks crush brave Namibia with nine tries

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand ran in nine tries, including two each for wingers Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea, as they powered to a 58-14 win over Namibia on Thursday, but the rugged Africans made the world champions work harder than expected.

Victor Vito, Malakai Fekitoa, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith and Codie Taylor also grabbed a try apiece as a second-string All Blacks side made it two wins out of two in Rugby World Cup Pool C.

    • About Mark

      "I've reported for Reuters from about 35 countries, with postings in Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Wellington and Berlin. Career highlights including covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and reporting on many aspects of the "war on terror" as security correspondent between 2003 and 2008. I now work on the political and general news desk in London, and as an editorial trainer."
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      1986
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