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Oct 31, 2013

Rugby-Dickson starts at scrumhalf for England against Australia

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Lee Dickson will start at scrumhalf for England against Australia on Saturday in a fresh-looking side that also includes uncapped centre Joel Tomkins, winger Marlon Yarde and giant number eight Billy Vunipola.

Dickson, who started both of England’s test wins over Argentina in June, retains the number nine jersey after a scintillating start to the season for Northampton, forcing British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Ben Youngs on to the bench.

Oct 23, 2013

Robshaw to captain England in autumn tests

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster stuck with the tried and tested on Wednesday when he named flanker Chris Robshaw as his captain for the three November tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

Robshaw has been Lancaster’s first choice skipper since he took over the coaching duties from Martin Johnson two years ago, the Harlequins man getting the honour in only his second test.

Oct 23, 2013

Rugby-Robshaw to captain England in autumn tests

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster stuck with the tried and tested on Wednesday when he named flanker Chris Robshaw as his captain for the three November tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

Robshaw has been Lancaster’s first choice skipper since he took over the coaching duties from Martin Johnson two years ago, the Harlequins man getting the honour in only his second test.

Oct 22, 2013

Welsh teams to join Anglo-French breakaway competition

LONDON (Reuters) – This year’s Heineken Cup looks set to be the last after the surprise announcement on Tuesday that the four Welsh regional teams have decided to back the Anglo-French plan for a breakaway competition from next season.

Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons have given “full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions” in a statement released via Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) a day before a Dublin meeting scheduled to try to save the Heineken Cup.

Oct 22, 2013

Rugby-Welsh teams to join Anglo-French breakaway competition

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – This year’s Heineken Cup looks set to be the last after the surprise announcement on Tuesday that the four Welsh regional teams have decided to back the Anglo-French plan for a breakaway competition from next season.

Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons have given “full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions” in a statement released via Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) a day before a Dublin meeting scheduled to try to save the Heineken Cup.

Oct 16, 2013

England open door for new generation of centres

LONDON (Reuters) – The most convoluted chapter of England’s post-2003 World Cup story took another twist on Wednesday when uncapped centres Joel Tomkins, Luther Burrell and Henry Trinder were included in the squad for the November tests.

Injuries have ruled regular midfield duo Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt out of the games against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand and coach Stuart Lancaster has rewarded the three new boys for their flying starts to the domestic season.

Oct 16, 2013

Rugby-England open door for new generation of centres

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The most convoluted chapter of England’s post-2003 World Cup story took another twist on Wednesday when uncapped centres Joel Tomkins, Luther Burrell and Henry Trinder were included in the squad for the November tests.

Injuries have ruled regular midfield duo Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt out of the games against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand and coach Stuart Lancaster has rewarded the three new boys for their flying starts to the domestic season.

Oct 9, 2013

Rugby-Heineken Cup action switches from boardroom to pitch

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Heineken Cup swings into action again this week with the on-field action sheepishly emerging as something of a sideshow as the rival national factions continue their public fight over the future of the competition.

English and French clubs maintain they are absolutely committed to breaking away next season after repeatedly failing to extricate any concessions from the Celtic nations over a perceived qualification imbalance and how the money pot is shared.

Oct 3, 2013

Rugby-England to face quadruple All Black test

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Many people questioned the wisdom of England playing in New Zealand and Australia in June 2003 but landmark victories there convinced coach Clive Woodward and his players that they had nothing to fear and four months later they were world champions.

Current coach Stuart Lancaster faces a similar “got to beat the best” scenario ahead of the 2015 tournament after the announcement on Thursday that England will face the All Blacks four times in a row in 2014, three away in June and at Twickenham in November.

Oct 1, 2013

‘Diamond’ Barkley sparkling for unbeaten Everton

LONDON (Reuters) – Romelu Lukaku deservedly scooped the man of the match award after Everton’s 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle on Monday but Toffees fans will have been even happier with another command performance by teenage midfielder Ross Barkley.

Lukaku scored two and set up Barkley for Everton’s other goal in a wonderful first-half team display that showed how quickly the new manager’s passing philosophy is taking hold.

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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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