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Aug 30, 2015

Shelvey back in England squad for Euro qualifiers

LONDON (Reuters) – Jonjo Shelvey had a day to remember on Sunday when, after helping Swansea City upset Manchester United 2-1 in the Premier League, he was named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

The powerful midfielder won his only cap to date against San Marino two years ago.

Aug 30, 2015

Soccer-Shelvey back in England squad for Euro qualifiers

LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Jonjo Shelvey had a day to remember on Sunday when, after helping Swansea City upset Manchester United 2-1 in the Premier League, he was named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

The powerful midfielder won his only cap to date against San Marino two years ago.

Aug 27, 2015

Burgess barges his way into England’s midfield muddle

LONDON (Reuters) – Head coach Stuart Lancaster and backs coach Andy Farrell recognised a kindred spirit in Sam Burgess and it is no great surprise that a man who stood out as brutally tough even in rugby league has forced his way into England’s World Cup squad.

Centres Burgess and Henry Slade made impressive test debuts earlier this month in the home warm-up against France and on the back of that, and “training the house down” according to Lancaster, were included ahead of regular midfield starter Luther Burrell.

Aug 27, 2015

Rugby-Burgess barges his way into England’s midfield muddle

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Head coach Stuart Lancaster and backs coach Andy Farrell recognised a kindred spirit in Sam Burgess and it is no great surprise that a man who stood out as brutally tough even in rugby league has forced his way into England’s World Cup squad.

Centres Burgess and Henry Slade made impressive test debuts earlier this month in the home warm-up against France and on the back of that, and “training the house down” according to Lancaster, were included ahead of regular midfield starter Luther Burrell.

Aug 27, 2015

Slade and Burgess leapfrog Burrell into England squad

LONDON (Reuters) – Centres Sam Burgess and Henry Slade, who have each played only one international, were named in England’s rugby World Cup squad as coach Stuart Lancaster culled Six Nations regular Luther Burrell from his final 31-man group on Thursday.

Flyhalf Danny Cipriani, lock Dave Attwood, number eight Nick Easter, flanker Calum Clark, prop Alex Corbisiero and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie also missed out.

Aug 27, 2015

Rugby-Slade and Burgess leapfrog Burrell into England squad

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Centres Sam Burgess and Henry Slade, who have each played only one international, were named in England’s rugby World Cup squad as coach Stuart Lancaster culled Six Nations regular Luther Burrell from his final 31-man group on Thursday.

Flyhalf Danny Cipriani, lock Dave Attwood, number eight Nick Easter, flanker Calum Clark, prop Alex Corbisiero and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie also missed out.

Aug 26, 2015

Day looms for England squad hopefuls

LONDON (Reuters) – A handful of players vying for the last available slots in England’s rugby World Cup squad will have their last chance to state their case in a full-scale practice match on Wednesday before Stuart Lancaster unveils the 31-man group on Thursday.

The most intriguing dilemma is in midfield, something of a weak area for England for years, where Lancaster has to find the right blend of power and panache, experience and potential.

Aug 26, 2015

Rugby-D-Day looms for England squad hopefuls

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A handful of players vying for the last available slots in England’s rugby World Cup squad will have their last chance to state their case in a full-scale practice match on Wednesday before Stuart Lancaster unveils the 31-man group on Thursday.

The most intriguing dilemma is in midfield, something of a weak area for England for years, where Lancaster has to find the right blend of power and panache, experience and potential.

Aug 15, 2015

Rugby-Burgess and Slade still in England’s midfield mix

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – A moment of yellow-card naivety by Sam Burgess and a touch of brilliance by Henry Slade in his partner’s absence may have nosed the latter ahead in the fight for the remaining centre slot in England’s World Cup squad.

Although coach Stuart Lancaster refused to acknowledge it, the two debutants, along with replacement Billy Twelvetrees, were effectively battling for one position when they faced France in a World Cup warmup on Saturday.

Aug 15, 2015

Three-try England too strong for France

LONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Watson scored two excellent first-half tries and fellow wing Jonny May also crossed as England beat France 19-14 in a World Cup warm-up between two largely experimental sides at Twickenham on Saturday.

The two wingers are already certainties for Stuart Lancaster’s final squad and of those hoping to join them, Henry Slade took the honours ahead of fellow debutant Sam Burgess in what is likely to be a head-to-head battle for one remaining centre berth.

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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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