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Sep 24, 2015

All Blacks overwhelm brave Namibia with nine tries

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand ran in nine tries, with 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 reigning world champions work harder than expected.

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

Sep 24, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks overwhelm brave Namibia with nine tries

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand ran in nine tries, with 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 reigning world champions work harder than expected.

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

Sep 23, 2015

Guitoune catches the eye with two key tries

LONDON (Reuters) – It wasn’t just his bright pink boots that made France’s Sofiane Guitoune stand out in France’s 38-11 victory over Romania at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

What really caught the eye were his scorching bursts of speed and the extensive reach that enabled him to stretch out, even after being tackled, and touch down for two tries at crucial stages of the match.

Sep 23, 2015

Rugby-Guitoune catches the eye with two key tries

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – It wasn’t just his bright pink boots that made France’s Sofiane Guitoune stand out in France’s 38-11 victory over Romania at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

What really caught the eye were his scorching bursts of speed and the extensive reach that enabled him to stretch out, even after being tackled, and touch down for two tries at crucial stages of the match.

Sep 23, 2015

France take risk by ringing the changes against Romania

LONDON (Reuters) – Romania open their World Cup campaign in Pool D on Wednesday evening against a French team scarcely recognisable from the side that beat Italy 32-10 on Saturday.

With just four days separating France’s first two fixtures, coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a chance by bringing in 13 new players to ensure the team is fresh. Only winger Noa Nakaitaci and number eight Louis Picamoles, who was man of the match against the Azzurri, remain in the starting line-up.

Sep 23, 2015

Rugby-France take risk by ringing the changes against Romania

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Romania open their World Cup campaign in Pool D on Wednesday evening against a French team scarcely recognisable from the side that beat Italy 32-10 on Saturday.

With just four days separating France’s first two fixtures, coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a chance by bringing in 13 new players to ensure the team is fresh. Only winger Noa Nakaitaci and number eight Louis Picamoles, who was man of the match against the Azzurri, remain in the starting line-up.

Sep 22, 2015

Rugby-Return of Gorgodzilla: Georgian captain signals his intent

LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – If there were any doubts about Mamuka Gorgodze’s ability to stamp his mark at the Rugby World Cup after a season plagued by injury, the Georgia captain dispelled them in Saturday’s 17-10 victory over Tonga.

The number eight was outstanding in both attack and defence, bulldozing through for the opening try and leading an epic rearguard action in the final quarter to prevent Tonga from closing the gap.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Still a long way to go, says Georgia’s Kiwi coach

GLOUCESTER, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Other teams may now think twice before underestimating Georgia, Kiwi coach Milton Haig said after his side’s surprise 17-10 victory over Tonga in their first match at the Rugby World Cup.

“I spoke to one of the Tongan players that I’ve coached in New Zealand and he said to me 15 minutes ago that maybe they underestimated us a little bit, that they were focusing on other games rather than us,” Haig told a post-match news conference.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Gorgodze drives Georgia to upset win over Tonga

GLOUCESTER, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Inspired by captain Mamuka Gorgodze, Georgia held off a desperate second-half surge by Tonga to secure a surprise 17-10 win over the Pacific Islanders in their Rugby World Cup Pool C opener on Saturday.

Gorgodze, the number eight nicknamed Gorgodzilla for his mighty bulk, was named man of the match after leading by example in a tense and bone-crunching encounter.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Exotic outsiders dream of upsetting the big boys

GLOUCESTER, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – It would make a good pub quiz question: if the ‘Ikale Tahi are scrumming down against the Lelos, which two teams are in action at the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

On the face of it, Tonga versus Georgia is one of the more obscure of the 48 fixtures in a tournament whose top crowd draws are the likes of the All Blacks and Springboks.

    • 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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