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Nov 14, 2013

Rugby-Hartley a ‘bona-fide’ Englishman 50 times over

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Three New Zealanders will be making landmark appearances at Twickenham on Saturday but one of them will be wearing the white of England and giving his utmost to ruin the day for the other two.

Dan Carter, one of the greatest flyhalves to grace the game, becomes the fifth All Black to clock up 100 tests, while lock Sam Whitelock will play his 50th.

Nov 14, 2013

World Cup in mind as England seek repeat NZ win

LONDON (Reuters) – The rugby World Cup might be two years away but England’s clash against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday is a significant waymarker for both sides’ psychological approach to the 2015 tournament.

New Zealand ended a 24-year wait for a second World Cup triumph when they emerged victorious on home soil in 2011 and, under the new management of Steve Hansen, they have continued to dominate global rugby.

Nov 14, 2013

Cole back for England against New Zealand

LONDON (Reuters) – The return of prop Dan Cole is the only change to England’s starting team to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, as David Wilson returns to his usual position on the bench.

Cole, England’s regular tighthead for the last three years, was among the replacements for last weekend’s 31-12 victory over Argentina.

Nov 14, 2013

Rugby-Cole back for England against New Zealand

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The return of prop Dan Cole is the only change to England’s starting team to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, as David Wilson returns to his usual position on the bench.

Cole, England’s regular tighthead for the last three years, was among the replacements for last weekend’s 31-12 victory over Argentina.

Nov 13, 2013

No going back on new European competition – McCafferty

LONDON (Reuters) – European rugby’s new club competition is a “train that has left the station” but there is still just time to pick up the Heineken Cup refuseniks, the head of the English Premiership said on Wednesday.

Although there are still a number of issues to be finalised, notably about the governance, the English and French leagues and the Welsh regions are all committed to the new two-tier “Rugby Champions Cup” which will swing into action next season.

Nov 13, 2013

Rugby-No going back on new European competition-McCafferty

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – European rugby’s new club competition is a “train that has left the station” but there is still just time to pick up the Heineken Cup refuseniks, the head of the English Premiership said on Wednesday.

Although there are still a number of issues to be finalised, notably about the governance, the English and French leagues and the Welsh regions are all committed to the new two-tier “Rugby Champions Cup” which will swing into action next season.

Nov 7, 2013

New front row for England against Pumas

LONDON (Reuters) – England will have a new front row against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday with David Wilson given a rare start alongside hooker Dylan Hartley and prop Joe Marler.

Wilson has been a virtual fixture on England’s bench over the last four years, with 23 of his 29 caps coming as a replacement, but his extra power gave him the nod over Dan Cole for what is expected to be a stiff scrummaging examination from the Pumas.

Nov 7, 2013

Rugby-New front row for England against Pumas

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – England will start with a new front row against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday with David Wilson given a rare start alongside hooker Dylan Hartley and prop Joe Marler.

Wilson has been a virtual fixture on England’s bench over the last four years, with 23 of his 29 caps coming as a replacement, but his extra power gave him the nod over Dan Cole for what is expected to be a stiff scrummaging examination from the Pumas.

Nov 2, 2013

Class of ’03 remind England that winning is everything

LONDON (Reuters) – A year ago England were full of confidence as they took on an Australian team fresh from a thrashing by France only for the Wallabies to triumph and remind coach Stuart Lancaster how much work he had to do.

On Saturday, with the same visitors reeling from seven defeats in 10 games this year it looked like déjà vu as they led 13-6 at halftime with England struggling to find any cohesion.

Nov 2, 2013

Rugby-Class of ’03 remind England that winning is everything

LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – A year ago England were full of confidence as they took on an Australian team fresh from a thrashing by France only for the Wallabies to triumph and remind coach Stuart Lancaster how much work he had to do.

On Saturday, with the same visitors reeling from seven defeats in 10 games this year it looked like deja vu as they led 13-6 at halftime with England struggling to find any cohesion.

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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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