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Jan 30, 2014

Rugby-Tunnel-visioned Wales eye Six Nations hat-trick

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – For about the 10th time in a row the Six Nations is being described as “the most open for years” as Europe’s rugby elite shuffle for supremacy having suffered their usual November southern hemisphere hidings.

Wales have quickly forgotten their autumn defeats by South Africa and Australia – their eighth in a row against the Wallabies – as they focus on trying to become the first country to win the Six Nations outright three years running.

Jan 28, 2014

Warburton on bench as Jones leads experienced Wales

By Mitch Phillips

(Reuters) – Sam Warburton, who has not played since November because of a shoulder injury, will be among the replacements when Wales begin their bid for an historic third successive Six Nations crown at home to Italy on Saturday.

Flanker Warburton suffered nerve damage in the defeat by Australia in the autumn internationals but has trained without any problems and is likely to feature at some stage in the Cardiff clash (1430 GMT).

Jan 28, 2014

Rugby-Warburton on bench as Jones leads experienced Wales

Jan 28 (Reuters) – Sam Warburton, who has not played since November because of a shoulder injury, will be among the replacements when Wales begin their bid for an historic third successive Six Nations crown at home to Italy on Saturday.

Flanker Warburton suffered nerve damage in the defeat by Australia in the autumn internationals but has trained without any problems and is likely to feature at some stage in the Cardiff clash (1430 GMT).

Jan 28, 2014

England set to unleash rookie backline in Paris

LONDON (Reuters) – England appear set to field a rookie backline with two debutants and a one-cap winger when they begin their Six Nations campaign away to France on Saturday.

A series of injuries have forced coach Stuart Lancaster’s hand but he is also expected to drop established winger Chris Ashton to make way for uncapped 20-year-old flyer Jack Nowell.

Jan 28, 2014

Rugby-England set to unleash rookie backline in Paris

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – England appear set to field a rookie backline with two debutants and a one-cap winger when they begin their Six Nations campaign away to France on Saturday.

A series of injuries have forced coach Stuart Lancaster’s hand but he is also expected to drop established winger Chris Ashton to make way for uncapped 20-year-old flyer Jack Nowell.

Jan 27, 2014

‘No winners’ rule sparking a mini-revolution

LONDON (Reuters) – As Stuart Lancaster makes his final Six Nations preparations, England’s next generation of budding rugby internationals have been told that their competitions must have no winners and that if they are losing a match, the teams will have to be changed.

While England prepare at their usual base in Surrey, the county finds itself on the frontline of a philosophical battle about competitive matches in junior or “mini” rugby.

Jan 27, 2014

Rugby-’No winners’ rule sparking a mini-revolution

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – As Stuart Lancaster makes his final Six Nations preparations, England’s next generation of budding rugby internationals have been told that their competitions must have no winners and that if they are losing a match, the teams will have to be changed.

While England prepare at their usual base in Surrey, the county finds itself on the frontline of a philosophical battle about competitive matches in junior or “mini” rugby.

Jan 22, 2014

Warburton eyes return as Wales seek Six Nations landmark

LONDON (Reuters) – Captain Sam Warburton, who has not played rugby since suffering a shoulder injury in November, hopes to be fit to lead Wales’s defence of the Six Nations championship when they will be seeking an unprecedented third successive outright win.

Warburton suffered the nerve damage in their 30-26 defeat by Australia but said at the tournament’s official launch on Wednesday that he hoped to be available when his team get the tournament underway against Italy in Cardiff on February 1.

Jan 22, 2014

Rugby-Warburton eyes return as Wales seek Six Nations landmark

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Captain Sam Warburton, who has not played rugby since suffering a shoulder injury in November, hopes to be fit to lead Wales’s defence of the Six Nations championship when they will be seeking an unprecedented third successive outright win.

Warburton suffered the nerve damage in their 30-26 defeat by Australia but said at the tournament’s official launch on Wednesday that he hoped to be available when his team get the tournament underway against Italy in Cardiff on Feb. 1.

Dec 23, 2013

High-flying Everton eye unbeaten home year

LONDON (Reuters) – Goodison Park is undoubtedly “home sweet home” for the Toffees at the moment as Everton are two matches away from completing a remarkable calendar year unbeaten at their own ground in the Premier League.

Everton’s last home league defeat was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on December 30 2012, and that was their first in 14 games.

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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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