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Sep 27, 2015

England still in the hunt but must eradicate suicidal penalties

LONDON (Reuters) – Victory over Australia at Twickenham next Saturday would give England a good chance of progressing to the quarter-finals, possibly even as top of Pool A, but they will have to change history if they are to go on and win the World Cup.

Saturday’s 28-25 defeat by Wales has left England in danger of becoming the first host nation in 24 years not to make the quarter-finals.

Sep 27, 2015

Rugby-England still in the hunt but must eradicate suicidal penalties

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Victory over Australia at Twickenham next Saturday would give England a good chance of progressing to the quarter-finals, possibly even as top of Pool A, but they will have to change history if they are to go on and win the World Cup.

Saturday’s 28-25 defeat by Wales has left England in danger of becoming the first host nation in 24 years not to make the quarter-finals.

Sep 26, 2015

Robshaw’s decision to spurn late kick could haunt him for life

LONDON (Reuters) – The decision to spurn a 78th-minute kick at goal and opt for a lineout while trailing Wales by three points on Saturday could ultimately cost England a place in the World Cup quarter-finals and haunt captain Chris Robshaw for the rest of his career.

Only Will Carling has led England as captain on more occasions than Robshaw. Saturday marked the day he overtook Martin Johnson in that regard but his near four-years in charge will be condensed into that call made under the most intense pressure he would ever have experienced.

Sep 26, 2015

Rugby-Robshaw’s decision to spurn late kick could haunt him for life

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The decision to spurn a 78th-minute kick at goal and opt for a lineout while trailing Wales by three points on Saturday could ultimately cost England a place in the World Cup quarter-finals and haunt captain Chris Robshaw for the rest of his career.

Only Will Carling has led England as captain on more occasions than Robshaw. Saturday marked the day he overtook Martin Johnson in that regard but his near four-years in charge will be condensed into that call made under the most intense pressure he would ever have experienced.

Sep 25, 2015

It’s just another game, says Wales’s almost-convincing Biggar

LONDON (Reuters) – For all the pre-match hype over what has been billed as the biggest-ever clash between England and Wales, flyhalf Dan Biggar says the Welsh are treating Saturday’s mouthwatering Rugby World Cup clash as just another match against their oldest rivals.

“We’re trying to stay in our own bubble and focus on another game of rugby,” Biggar told reporters a little more than 24 hours before the first of three massive Pool A games on successive weekends at Twickenham.

Sep 25, 2015

Rugby-It’s just another game, says Wales’s almost-convincing Biggar

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – For all the pre-match hype over what has been billed as the biggest-ever clash between England and Wales, flyhalf Dan Biggar says the Welsh are treating Saturday’s mouthwatering Rugby World Cup clash as just another match against their oldest rivals.

“We’re trying to stay in our own bubble and focus on another game of rugby,” Biggar told reporters a little more than 24 hours before the first of three massive Pool A games on successive weekends at Twickenham.

Sep 25, 2015

Unflappable Farrell dismisses selection issue

LONDON (Reuters) – Owen Farrell has always been considered an unflappable player, entirely focused on his role within the team, and he exhibited exactly those qualities on Friday in the face of a barrage of questions over his selection to start for England against Wales.

A straight talker even by the standards of Wigan, where he was brought up in northern England’s rugby league heartland, Farrell seemed genuinely non-plussed by the relentless questions about his promotion back to the starting team ahead of George Ford for Saturday’s huge World Cup Pool A game at Twickenham.

Sep 25, 2015

Rugby-Unflappable Farrell dismisses selection issue

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Owen Farrell has always been considered an unflappable player, entirely focused on his role within the team, and he exhibited exactly those qualities on Friday in the face of a barrage of questions over his selection to start for England against Wales.

A straight talker even by the standards of Wigan, where he was brought up in northern England’s rugby league heartland, Farrell seemed genuinely non-plussed by the relentless questions about his promotion back to the starting team ahead of George Ford for Saturday’s huge World Cup Pool A game at Twickenham.

Sep 24, 2015

England seeking ultimate revenge for Cardiff humiliation

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s 2013 Six Nations humiliation in Cardiff had a huge impact on coach Stuart Lancaster and he plans to wring every last drop from the painful lessons learned that night for Saturday’s World Cup return bout at Twickenham.

Two years ago England travelled over the Severn Bridge with their eyes on a grand slam but on an unforgettable night they were crushed 30-3 after failing utterly to deal with the intensity and atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium.

Sep 24, 2015

Rugby-England seeking ultimate revenge for Cardiff humiliation

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – England’s 2013 Six Nations humiliation in Cardiff had a huge impact on coach Stuart Lancaster and he plans to wring every last drop from the painful lessons learned that night for Saturday’s World Cup return bout at Twickenham.

Two years ago England travelled over the Severn Bridge with their eyes on a grand slam but on an unforgettable night they were crushed 30-3 after failing utterly to deal with the intensity and atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium.

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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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