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Oct 1, 2015

Joseph back for England, Lawes out

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Jonathan Joseph has been named in England’s team to start against Australia in their pivotal Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday, with Brad Barritt switched back to inside centre and Owen Farrell retained at flyhalf.

Joseph, England’s star performer at outside centre over the past year, has recovered from a chest injury that kept him out of last week’s Pool A defeat against Wales and will be expected to add the cutting edge desperately needed to unlock the Wallabies’ defence.

Oct 1, 2015

Rugby-Joseph back for England, Lawes out

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Jonathan Joseph was named in England’s team to start against Australia in their pivotal Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday, with Brad Barritt switched back to inside centre and Owen Farrell retained at flyhalf.

Joseph, England’s star performer at outside centre over the past year, has recovered from the chest injury that kept him out of last week’s Pool A defeat by Wales and will be expected to add the cutting edge needed to unlock the Wallabies’ defence.

Sep 30, 2015

England draw inspiration from Marseille ’07

LONDON (Reuters) – The return of Nick Easter to the England fold has added extra resonance to talk of “Marseille 2007″ as the Rugby World Cup hosts look for inspiration ahead of Saturday’s do or die clash with Australia.

Easter, now 37, played number eight in that memorable game and could feature on Saturday after being fast-tracked into the squad to replace the injured Billy Vunipola.

Sep 30, 2015

Rugby-England draw inspiration from Marseille ’07

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The return of Nick Easter to the England fold has added extra resonance to talk of “Marseille 2007″ as the Rugby World Cup hosts look for inspiration ahead of Saturday’s do or die clash with Australia.

Easter, now 37, played number eight in that memorable game and could feature on Saturday after being fast-tracked into the squad to replace the injured Billy Vunipola.

Sep 30, 2015

World Cup winner Johnson urges England to stay positive

LONDON (Reuters) – Martin Johnson experienced the ultimate high and some painful lows in his Rugby World Cups as player and coach and says the current team and management are still well-placed to reach the quarter-finals if they focus on what is in front of them.

After losing to Wales last week, the knives have been out for England and coach Stuart Lancaster, though victory over Australia on Saturday would put them in a strong position to advance.

Sep 30, 2015

Rugby-World Cup winner Johnson urges England to stay positive

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Martin Johnson experienced the ultimate high and some painful lows in his Rugby World Cups as player and coach and says the current team and management are still well-placed to reach the quarter-finals if they focus on what is in front of them.

After losing to Wales last week, the knives have been out for England and coach Stuart Lancaster, though victory over Australia on Saturday would put them in a strong position to advance.

Sep 28, 2015

Injuries and inquests continue after Wales’s epic win

LONDON (Reuters) – The fallout from Saturday’s thunderous Rugby World Cup clash at Twickenham continued on Monday, with Welshmen Scott Williams and Hallam Amos and England’s Billy Vunipola ruled out of the rest of the tournament with injuries sustained in the match.

Scotland also lost a player for the tournament when a groin problem ended Grant Gilchrist’s involvement as the brutal nature of the first two weeks of matches begins to take its toll.

Sep 28, 2015

Rugby-Injuries and inquests continue after Wales’s epic win

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The fallout from Saturday’s thunderous Rugby World Cup clash at Twickenham continued on Monday, with Welshmen Scott Williams and Hallam Amos and England’s Billy Vunipola ruled out of the rest of the tournament with injuries sustained in the match.

Scotland also lost a player for the tournament when a groin problem ended Grant Gilchrist’s involvement as the brutal nature of the first two weeks of matches begins to take its toll.

Sep 28, 2015

England try to regroup but ‘that decision’ casts long shadow

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Rugby World Cup defeat by Wales, and the decision not to attempt the late shot at goal that could have prevented it, remained the topic of choice in workplaces around Britain on Monday, two days after the memorable Twickenham clash.

While Wales were basking in the glory of their remarkable 28-25 comeback win and trying to recover in time for Thursday’s match against Fiji, England were doing their best to switch the focus to their next challenge — the all or nothing Pool A meeting with Australia on Saturday.

Sep 28, 2015

Rugby-England try to regroup but ‘that decision’ casts long shadow

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – England’s Rugby World Cup defeat by Wales, and the decision not to attempt the late shot at goal that could have prevented it, remained the topic of choice in workplaces around Britain on Monday, two days after the memorable Twickenham clash.

While Wales were basking in the glory of their remarkable 28-25 comeback win and trying to recover in time for Thursday’s match against Fiji, England were doing their best to switch the focus to their next challenge — the all or nothing Pool A meeting with Australia on Saturday.

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