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Sep 16, 2015

Old head on Youngs shoulders, England scrumhalf wins 50th cap

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Youngs still looks as if he should be playing in the Under-17s but the fresh-faced England scrumhalf will win his 50th cap in his second Rugby World Cup on Friday and, at 26, is one of the squad’s older statesmen.

Youngs is one of a handful of players used by coach Stuart Lancaster who also featured in the ill-starred Martin Johnson regime and he is really enjoying the atmosphere.

Sep 16, 2015

Rugby-Old head on Youngs shoulders, England scrumhalf wins 50th cap

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Ben Youngs still looks as if he should be playing in the Under-17s but the fresh-faced England scrumhalf will win his 50th cap in his second Rugby World Cup on Friday and, at 26, is one of the squad’s older statesmen.

Youngs is one of a handful of players used by coach Stuart Lancaster who also featured in the ill-starred Martin Johnson regime and he is really enjoying the atmosphere.

Sep 14, 2015

England at full strength to face Fiji

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster is taking no risks for Friday’s game against Fiji after naming his strongest side for the Twickenham clash that opens the Rugby World Cup.

Though England face crunch Pool A games against Wales and Australia later in the tournament, Lancaster knows he cannot afford a slip up against an in-form Fiji team that is ranked ninth in the world.

Sep 14, 2015

Rugby-England at full strength to face Fiji

BAGSHOT, England, Sept 14 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster is taking no risks for Friday’s game against Fiji after naming his strongest side for the Twickenham clash that opens the Rugby World Cup.

Though England face crunch Pool A games against Wales and Australia later in the tournament, Lancaster knows he cannot afford a slip up against an in-form Fiji team that is ranked ninth in the world.

Sep 8, 2015

Athletics-Radcliffe angered by parliamentary doping hearing

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has denied “cheating in any form” and said on Tuesday she was devastated that her name had been linked to wide-ranging accusations of blood doping.

Radcliffe, who retired from competitive athletics this year following a persistent foot injury, has not been named in any mainstream British media stories relating to recent blood doping accusations but feels her name was alluded to during a British Parliamentary Committee hearing into the issue on Tuesday.

Sep 8, 2015

Radcliffe angered by parliamentary doping hearing

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has denied “cheating in any form” and said on Tuesday she was devastated that her name had been linked to wide-ranging accusations.

Radcliffe, who retired from competitive athletics earlier this year following a persistent foot injury, has not been named in any mainstream British media stories relating to recent blood doping accusations but feels her name was alluded to during a British Parliamentary Committee hearing into the issue on Tuesday.

Sep 5, 2015

Scrumhalf scare for Ireland as Murray knocked out

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland’s decision to select only two scrumhalves in their Rugby World Cup squad was made to look even riskier on Saturday when first choice Conor Murray was knocked out and will have to undergo concussion protocols before being allowed to play again.

Murray, one of Ireland’s key men, was left unconscious after a collision early in Saturday’s 21-13 Twickenham defeat to England and though he was able to walk off the pitch unaided, the new welfare measures in place mean he will have to pass a series of tests to show he is not suffering any ill-effects.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Scrumhalf scare for Ireland as Murray knocked out

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Ireland’s decision to select only two scrumhalves in their Rugby World Cup squad was made to look even riskier on Saturday when first choice Conor Murray was knocked out and will have to undergo concussion protocols before being allowed to play again.

Murray, one of Ireland’s key men, was left unconscious after a collision early in Saturday’s 21-13 Twickenham defeat to England and though he was able to walk off the pitch unaided, the new welfare measures in place mean he will have to pass a series of tests to show he is not suffering any ill-effects.

Sep 5, 2015

Lancaster goes into World Cup with spring in his step

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster will make the short trip to watch Fiji play Canada at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday in far greater heart than two weeks ago after England responded to their Paris horror show with an impressive defeat of Ireland.

On top from the start and showing just the attitude that the home fans demanded as the World Cup looms, England scored two excellent tries through wingers Jonny May and Anthony Watson and had another May effort chalked off for a forward pass.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster goes into World Cup with spring in his step

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster will make the short trip to watch Fiji play Canada at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday in far greater heart than two weeks ago after England responded to their Paris horror show with an impressive defeat of Ireland.

On top from the start and showing just the attitude that the home fans demanded as the World Cup looms, England scored two excellent tries through wingers Jonny May and Anthony Watson and had another May effort chalked off for a forward pass.

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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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