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Oct 4, 2015

Lancaster’s England a triumph, but never on the pitch

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster’s reign as England rugby coach has been successful in every area. Except, of course, the only one that matters — success on the field.

As a result, it should be almost inconceivable he will remain in the job once this Rugby World Cup is over.

Oct 4, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster’s England a triumph, but never on the pitch

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster’s reign as England rugby coach has been successful in every area. Except, of course, the only one that matters — success on the field.

As a result, it should be almost inconceivable he will remain in the job once this Rugby World Cup is over.

Oct 3, 2015

Analysis – England outclassed in every department

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Monday video analysis of their Twickenham horror show could run into Tuesday, such was the depth and breadth of Australia’s dominance in their overwhelming 33-13 Rugby World Cup victory.

England’s only major area of improvement from last week’s Wales defeat was discipline at the breakdown, where they were barely penalised on Saturday.

Oct 3, 2015

Rugby-England outclassed in every department

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – England’s Monday video analysis of their Twickenham horror show could run into Tuesday, such was the depth and breadth of Australia’s dominance in their overwhelming 33-13 Rugby World Cup victory.

England’s only major area of improvement from last week’s Wales defeat was discipline at the breakdown, where they were barely penalised on Saturday.

Oct 2, 2015

Smiling Australia coach Cheika rates EQ over IQ

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika laughed off Clive Woodward’s dismissal of his players as “not the brightest” on Friday, saying it was “emotional intelligence” that counted as his team and England prepared for Saturday’s World Cup showdown.

Woodward, who coached England to their first ever victory on Australian soil in 2003 and followed up with their second in the World Cup final that year, had said he felt the Wallabies could wilt under pressure in the Pool A game at Twickenham.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Smiling Australia coach Cheika rates EQ over IQ

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika laughed off Clive Woodward’s dismissal of his players as “not the brightest” on Friday, saying it was “emotional intelligence” that counted as his team and England prepared for Saturday’s World Cup showdown.

Woodward, who coached England to their first ever victory on Australian soil in 2003 and followed up with their second in the World Cup final that year, had said he felt the Wallabies could wilt under pressure in the Pool A game at Twickenham.

Oct 2, 2015

Stressed? We’re blessed, says England’s Rowntree

LONDON (Reuters) – Graham Rowntree had a long but painful association with the World Cup as a player and on Friday reminded the current England side to embrace the occasion when they face Australia in Saturday’s monumental Twickenham clash.

The prop made his first England start in the 1995 tournament and also featured in the 1999 campaign. However, he then suffered the biggest setback of his 11-year, 57-cap career when he was a surprise omission from the squad who went on to win the 2003 tournament.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Stressed? We’re blessed, says England’s Rowntree

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Graham Rowntree had a long but painful association with the World Cup as a player and on Friday reminded the current England side to embrace the occasion when they face Australia in Saturday’s monumental Twickenham clash.

The prop made his first England start in the 1995 tournament and also featured in the 1999 campaign. However, he then suffered the biggest setback of his 11-year, 57-cap career when he was a surprise omission from the squad who went on to win the 2003 tournament.

Oct 1, 2015

We’ve been here before, says defiant England coach Lancaster

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Having plundered the 2007 World Cup for inspiration earlier this week England have again looked to the archives ahead of Saturday’s Australia showdown, with the 2012 Twickenham demolition of New Zealand dusted down to motivate the nation.

Eight years ago England bounced back from a 36-0 pool stage humiliation by South Africa to stun Australia in the quarter-finals while in 2012 it was a tough November series that had the doubters wondering about the wisdom of appointing Lancaster.

Oct 1, 2015

Rugby-We’ve been here before, says defiant England coach Lancaster

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Having plundered the 2007 World Cup for inspiration earlier this week England have again looked to the archives ahead of Saturday’s Australia showdown, with the 2012 Twickenham demolition of New Zealand dusted down to motivate the nation.

Eight years ago England bounced back from a 36-0 pool stage humiliation by South Africa to stun Australia in the quarter-finals while in 2012 it was a tough November series that had the doubters wondering about the wisdom of appointing Lancaster.

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