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Mar 19, 2015

Scotland keep faith with backline ahead of Ireland test

LONDON (Reuters) – Coach Vern Cotter has kept faith with his backs but made two changes in the pack as Scotland seek to avoid a clean sweep of defeats when they host Ireland in their final Six Nations game on Saturday.

Blindside flanker Adam Ashe comes in for Robert Harley while prop Ryan Grant replaces Alasdair Dickinson in a front row where Euan Murray will win a Scottish prop record 66th appearance.

Mar 19, 2015

Rugby-Scotland keep faith with backline ahead of Ireland test

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Coach Vern Cotter has kept faith with his backs but made two changes in the pack as Scotland seek to avoid a clean sweep of defeats when they host Ireland in their final Six Nations game on Saturday.

Blindside flanker Adam Ashe comes in for Robert Harley while prop Ryan Grant replaces Alasdair Dickinson in a front row where Euan Murray will win a Scottish prop record 66th appearance.

Mar 16, 2015

France are totally different challenge, says Lancaster

LONDON (Reuters) – England have to recalibrate for a “completely different challenge” from France after digesting the lessons from the victory over Scotland that gave them a real chance of winning the Six Nations title, coach Stuart Lancaster said.

England host France in the final game of “Super Saturday”, by which time they will know what they need to do in terms of points difference, assuming Wales or Ireland have won their away games against Italy and Scotland respectively.

Mar 16, 2015

Rugby-France are totally different challenge, says Lancaster

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – England have to recalibrate for a “completely different challenge” from France after digesting the lessons from the victory over Scotland that gave them a real chance of winning the Six Nations title, coach Stuart Lancaster said.

England host France in the final game of “Super Saturday”, by which time they will know what they need to do in terms of points difference, assuming Wales or Ireland have won their away games against Italy and Scotland respectively.

Mar 14, 2015

England frustrated by missed opportunities

LONDON (Reuters) – “More clinical”…”Tidy ourselves up a bit”…”Just a little more accuracy” — England’s players and coaches found a variety of ways to stress the urgent need for improvement as they reflected on the confused performance that just about secured victory over Scotland on Saturday.

The 25-13 win was enough to put Stuart Lancaster’s side top of the Six Nations standings — just — and in with a chance of winning the title for the first time since 2011 after three successive second places.

Mar 14, 2015

Twickenham feelgood factor evaporates amid butchered tries

LONDON (Reuters) – For about an hour on Saturday Twickenham man was at his most bullish having seen Wales beat Ireland to reopen the Six Nations door before England charged towards it by piling into Scotland during a rip-roaring start.

Having not lost at home to the Scots for 32 years, defeat was never contemplated. The pre-match discussion in the West Car Park was of points difference and how many England would need to score to be in prime position to lift the title for the first time in four years by beating France on the same ground next week.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-England frustrated by missed opportunities

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – “More clinical”…”Tidy ourselves up a bit”…”Just a little more accuracy” — England’s players and coaches found a variety of ways to stress the urgent need for improvement as they reflected on the confused performance that just about secured victory over Scotland on Saturday.

The 25-13 win was enough to put Stuart Lancaster’s side top of the Six Nations standings — just — and in with a chance of winning the title for the first time since 2011 after three successive second places.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Twickenham feelgood factor evaporates amid butchered tries

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – For about an hour on Saturday Twickenham man was at his most bullish having seen Wales beat Ireland to reopen the Six Nations door before England charged towards it by piling into Scotland during a rip-roaring start.

Having not lost at home to the Scots for 32 years, defeat was never contemplated. The pre-match discussion in the West Car Park was of points difference and how many England would need to score to be in prime position to lift the title for the first time in four years by beating France on the same ground next week.

Mar 14, 2015

England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LONDON (Reuters) – England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 on Saturday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed try-scoring chances.

After Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff earlier, England knew a big win against a team they had not lost to at home for 32 years would put them in pole position on points difference but they made hard work even of securing victory, having somehow trailed 13-10 at halftime despite largely dominating.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 on Saturday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed try-scoring chances.

After Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff earlier, England knew a big win against a team they had not lost to at home for 32 years would put them in pole position on points difference but they made hard work even of securing victory, having somehow trailed 13-10 at halftime despite largely dominating.

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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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