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Oct 23, 2014

Rowntree purring as England’s pack settles down

LONDON (Reuters) – As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

There could be some fresh, if gnarled, faces lining up in the front row against New Zealand on Nov. 8, while the identity of the wings and centres remains anyone’s guess.

Oct 23, 2014

Rugby-Rowntree purring as England’s pack settles down

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

There could be some fresh, if gnarled, faces lining up in the front row against New Zealand on Nov. 8, while the identity of the wings and centres remains anyone’s guess.

Oct 22, 2014

Twickenham ready to salute Rokoduguni

LONDON (Reuters) – English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU’s marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Samesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

But anyone thinking that Fijian Lance Corporal Rokoduguni of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is some sort of symbolic selection has obviously not been paying much attention to the Premiership over the last year or so.

Oct 22, 2014

Rugby-Twickenham ready to salute Rokoduguni

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU’s marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Samesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

But anyone thinking that Fijian Lance Corporal Rokoduguni of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is some sort of symbolic selection has obviously not been paying much attention to the Premiership over the last year or so.

Oct 22, 2014

No Ashton or Cipriani as Lancaster names England squad

LONDON (Reuters) – Saracens winger Chris Ashton has missed out on Stuart Lancaster’s England squad for the autumn rugby internationals, along with Manu Tuilagi, Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns.

Lancaster instead has called up Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni for a first cap. Saracens second row George Kruis also gets a first call-up.

Oct 22, 2014

Rugby-No Ashton or Cipriani as Lancaster names England squad

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Saracens winger Chris Ashton has missed out on Stuart Lancaster’s England squad for the autumn rugby internationals, along with Manu Tuilagi, Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns.

Lancaster instead has called up Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni for a first cap. Saracens second row George Kruis also gets a first call-up.

Oct 21, 2014

Wales call up young prop Smith, drop old prop Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Ospreys’ 20-year-old prop Nicky Smith was the only uncapped player named in Warren Gatland’s squad for Wales’s November internationals but there was no place for 33-year-old British and Irish Lion and former Osprey Adam Jones.

Smith’s call-up is a reward for an impressive start to the season, during which he has started all seven of the Ospreys’ games, but Jones, who won his 95th Wales cap in his 100th international in Durban in June, was a surprise omission after a scratchy start to the season with new club Cardiff.

Oct 21, 2014

Rugby-Wales call up young prop Smith, drop old prop Jones

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Ospreys’ 20-year-old prop Nicky Smith was the only uncapped player named in Warren Gatland’s squad for Wales’s November internationals but there was no place for 33-year-old British and Irish Lion and former Osprey Adam Jones.

Smith’s call-up is a reward for an impressive start to the season, during which he has started all seven of the Ospreys’ games, but Jones, who won his 95th Wales cap in his 100th international in Durban in June, was a surprise omission after a scratchy start to the season with new club Cardiff.

Oct 9, 2014

Everton defender Stones out for three months

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton and England defender John Stones will be out of action for 10-14 weeks due to an ankle injury, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old suffered ligament damage during Sunday’s 2-1 league defeat at Manchester United.

Oct 9, 2014

IAAF had no choice over listing Gatlin for award

LONDON (Reuters) – To athletics fans around the world wondering just how double-doper Justin Gatlin could be short-listed for the IAAF’s athlete of the year award, the unpalatable answer is, that having served his bans, the governing body had no real choice.

Gatlin’s stellar year of sprinting, when he posted six of the fastest 100 metres times with his 9.77 second run in Brussels last month the fastest-ever by an over-30, made the 32-year-old an automatic inclusion the 10-man list.

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