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Nov 28, 2014

Soccer-Europa success fuelling Everton ambition

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – After a sticky start to the season Everton are gathering a real head of steam and, unlike some of their predecessors in the competition, success in the Europa League seems to be lifting them for their domestic battles.

They chalked up a hugely impressive 2-0 victory on Thursday at Vfl Wolfsburg, currently second in the Bundesliga, to secure top spot in their group with a game to spare.

Nov 27, 2014

Analysis – England pack key as Lancaster seeks midfield mix

LONDON (Reuters) – It is fortunate for coach Stuart Lancaster that England’s best chance of winning the World Cup on home soil is through the dominance of their forwards, as the backline remains a work in progress with no end in sight.

When Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt line up for Saturday’s match against Australia they will be the 41st centre pairing used since the 2003 World Cup final, Lancaster’s 11th and his fifth in the last six games.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-England pack key as Lancaster seeks midfield mix

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – It is fortunate for coach Stuart Lancaster that England’s best chance of winning the World Cup on home soil is through the dominance of their forwards, as the backline remains a work in progress with no end in sight.

When Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt line up for Saturday’s match against Australia they will be the 41st centre pairing used since the 2003 World Cup final, Lancaster’s 11th and his fifth in the last six games.

Nov 27, 2014

Twelvetrees ready to grasp his chance after crazy year

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – England centre Billy Twelvetrees could probably trademark the cliche of a “roller-coaster year” as he approaches the end of a remarkable 12 months of rugby back on a trajectory he hopes will remain upward all the way to the World Cup.

In February and March Twelvetrees was a Six Nations ever-present at inside centre, England’s most troublesome position for a decade, and his partnership with Luther Burrell looked to be the one that coach Stuart Lancaster would stick with through to next year’s World Cup on home soil.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-Twelvetrees ready to grasp his chance after crazy year

BAGSHOT, England, Nov 27 (Reuters) – England centre Billy Twelvetrees could probably trademark the cliche of a “roller-coaster year” as he approaches the end of a remarkable 12 months of rugby back on a trajectory he hopes will remain upward all the way to the World Cup.

In February and March Twelvetrees was a Six Nations ever-present at inside centre, England’s most troublesome position for a decade, and his partnership with Luther Burrell looked to be the one that coach Stuart Lancaster would stick with through to next year’s World Cup on home soil.

Nov 27, 2014

Centre Twelvetrees replaces Farrell for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Billy Twelvetrees will start at inside centre for England against Australia on Saturday after coach Stuart Lancaster dropped Owen Farrell and kept faith with George Ford at flyhalf.

Ford, 21, made an assured first start in last week’s victory over Samoa, with Farrell looking far less comfortable having been shifted to centre.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-Centre Twelvetrees replaces Farrell for England

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Billy Twelvetrees will start at inside centre for England against Australia on Saturday after coach Stuart Lancaster dropped Owen Farrell and kept faith with George Ford at flyhalf.

Ford, 21, made an assured first start in last week’s victory over Samoa, with Farrell looking far less comfortable having been shifted to centre.

Nov 22, 2014

England show solidarity with Samoa

LONDON (Reuters) – Samoa’s players threatened to boycott Saturday’s match at Twickenham in protest at rugby’s turmoil in their country but after turning up and playing their hearts out their England counterparts joined them in a prayer of solidarity.

Samoa’s strike threat was averted after the intervention of World Rugby and the players’ union, though the team wore wristbands in protest at the continuing, and long-running issues with the governance of the game in their homeland.

Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-England show solidarity with Samoa

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Samoa’s players threatened to boycott Saturday’s match at Twickenham in protest at rugby’s turmoil in their country but after turning up and playing their hearts out their England counterparts joined them in a prayer of solidarity.

Samoa’s strike threat was averted after the intervention of World Rugby and the players’ union, though the team wore wristbands in protest at the continuing, and long-running issues with the governance of the game in their homeland.

Nov 22, 2014

Ford or Farrell is Lancaster’s biggest decision

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster will make potentially the most important selection decision of his tenure when he chooses between George Ford and Owen Farrell as his starting flyhalf for next week’s match with Australia.

Ford, 21, was handed his first start on Saturday and grabbed the opportunity with both hands as England beat Samoa 28-9.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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