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Feb 27, 2015

Lancaster unimpressed by closed-shop Premiership plan

LONDON (Reuters) – A potential closed-shop English rugby Premiership could have a negative impact on player development and cause problems for the national team, England coach Stuart Lancaster suggested on Friday.

In his career as a club coach, Lancaster oversaw Leeds’ promotion to the Premiership before they were relegated in 2008, shortly before he left the club to join the Rugby Football Union as head of elite player development.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster unimpressed by closed-shop Premiership plan

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A potential closed-shop English rugby Premiership could have a negative impact on player development and cause problems for the national team, England coach Stuart Lancaster suggested on Friday.

In his career as a club coach, Lancaster oversaw Leeds’ promotion to the Premiership before they were relegated in 2008, shortly before he left the club to join the Rugby Football Union as head of elite player development.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-Livewire Nowell raring to kickstart England career

BAGSHOT, England, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Just under a year ago 20-year-old Jack Nowell was in rugby heaven, having made his England debut, been an ever-present in the Six Nations, scoring his first try and seemingly set fair for a long international career.

The livewire winger was also having a great time domestically as his unfashionable club Exeter continued to punch above their weight in the Premiership and even got a taste of the Heineken Cup.

Feb 27, 2015

England primed for Dublin ‘decider’

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) РNobody in the England and Ireland camps will countenance any talk of Sunday’s clash being a Six Nations decider but to everyone else, whoever emerges victorious in Dublin will be installed as red hot title favourites.

The only teams to have won their first two games meet in a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon showdown, though anyone expecting a feast of running rugby is likely to be disappointed.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-England primed for Dublin ‘decider’

BAGSHOT, England Feb 27 (Reuters) – Nobody in the England and Ireland camps will countenance any talk of Sunday’s clash being a Six Nations decider but to everyone else, whoever emerges victorious in Dublin will be installed as red hot title favourites.

The only teams to have won their first two games meet in a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon showdown, though anyone expecting a feast of running rugby is likely to be disappointed.

Feb 25, 2015

Analysis – Attention European leagues: it’s the World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s leading football leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of football’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

Feb 25, 2015

Attention European leagues – it’s the World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of soccer’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Attention European leagues – it’s the World Cup

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of soccer’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

Feb 20, 2015

Racism and violence still stain the beautiful game

LONDON (Reuters) – The veneer of respectability covering modern European football was rolled back to expose the rot that still festers below this week, with high-profile incidents of racism and violence bringing chill reminders of the bad old days of the 1980s.

That there was widespread shock and revulsion at the sight of Chelsea fans chanting “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” while preventing a black Frenchman boarding a carriage in the Paris Metro, is something of a positive in that such incidents, once widely prevalent, are now uncommon.

Feb 14, 2015

Rugby-England surge back to thrash Italy 47-17

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Jonathan Joseph scored two superb tries as England recovered from a stuttering start to hammer Italy 47-17 on Saturday to make it two wins out of two in the Six Nations championship and remain on course for their first title since 2011.

England scored six tries, and their backline showed some real pace and panache, but they looked shaky in defence at times as Italy started and finished strongly.

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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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