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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.

Oct 1, 2013

Soccer-’Diamond’ Barkley sparkling for unbeaten Everton

LONDON, Oct 1 (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.

Sep 19, 2013

Mourinho’s flailing fledglings need to grow up fast

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed Chelsea’s surprise 2-1 home defeat by Basel partly on his team’s immaturity and said his young millionaires had better grow up soon or their only Champions League involvement this Christmas will come via their beloved X-boxes.

The Londoners, fielding an attack-minded side but with only Frank Lampard offering real experience in midfield, barely threatened in the first half but scraped a 1-0 lead through Oscar.

Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho’s flailing fledglings need to grow up fast

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed Chelsea’s surprise 2-1 home defeat by Basel partly on his team’s immaturity and said his young millionaires had better grow up soon or their only Champions League involvement this Christmas will come via their beloved X-boxes.

The Londoners, fielding an attack-minded side but with only Frank Lampard offering real experience in midfield, barely threatened in the first half but scraped a 1-0 lead through Oscar.

Sep 18, 2013

IRB does not want Anglo-French breakaway league

LONDON (Reuters) – Brett Gosper, the most powerful man in world rugby, entered the battle for the future of the European club game on Wednesday by saying that the International Rugby Board (IRB) did not want to see an Anglo-French breakaway from the Heineken Cup.

English and French clubs announced last week that they planned to set up their own two-tier competitions after running out of patience with stalled negotiations over the future of the Heineken Cup.

Sep 18, 2013

Chelsea stunned at home by Basel

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea with the prime aim of winning the Champions League but his campaign got off to the worst possible start when the 2012 winners suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Basel in their first match on Wednesday.

Chelsea, beaten in the Premier League by Everton on Saturday, looked short of ideas all night in a stuttering display, though they led 1-0 following a neat finish by Oscar just before halftime.

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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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