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Nov 19, 2013

Soccer-We were caught short at the back, says England’s Hodgson

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – England, with all their technical shortcomings, have always relied on big centre backs but that last bastion disappeared on Tuesday when Roy Hodgson blamed their 1-0 defeat by Germany on a lack of defensive height.

Per Mertesacker headed the only goal of the Wembley friendly in the 39th minute, moments after keeper Joe Hart kept out an almost identical effort from the same player, as England centre backs Phil Jagielka and Chris Smalling were found wanting.

Nov 16, 2013

All Blacks defeat all part of the journey for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster has read too many management guides to ever admit to being pleased with a defeat but the England coach will sleep soundly on Saturday despite his team allowing New Zealand to snatch a late 30-22 victory at Twickenham.

Wins over Australia and Argentina and a superb performance against the self-proclaimed “most dominant team in history”, all without several injured British and Irish Lions, is a good return from England’s three November internationals.

Nov 16, 2013

Rugby-All Blacks defeat all part of the journey for England

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster has read too many management guides to ever admit to being pleased with a defeat but the England coach will sleep soundly on Saturday despite his team allowing New Zealand to snatch a late 30-22 victory at Twickenham.

Wins over Australia and Argentina and a superb performance against the self-proclaimed “most dominant team in history”, all without several injured British and Irish Lions, is a good return from England’s three November internationals.

Nov 16, 2013

Old heads, wise words bring All Blacks home again

LONDON (Reuters) – Dan Carter made his 100th test appearance but was still only the fourth-highest capped player in the New Zealand team on Saturday and that case-hardened experience was key to their victory over a feisty England.

After racing into a 17-3 lead after 17 minutes it looked as if the visitors were going trample England into their own turf and gain ample revenge for last year’s 38-21 reverse – their only defeat in 33 previous matches.

Nov 16, 2013

Rugby-Old heads, wise words bring All Blacks home again

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Dan Carter made his 100th test appearance but was still only the fourth-highest capped player in the New Zealand team on Saturday and that case-hardened experience was key to their victory over a feisty England.

After racing into a 17-3 lead after 17 minutes it looked as if the visitors were going trample England into their own turf and gain ample revenge for last year’s 38-21 reverse – their only defeat in 33 previous matches.

Nov 16, 2013

All Blacks survive England fightback to march on

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand remain on course to complete their perfect year after beating England 30-22 at Twickenham on Saturday but they did it the hard way after the hosts fought back from 17-3 down in a thrilling encounter.

With Twickenham rocking as England led 22-20 and scented a second successive upset win following last year’s 38-21 thrashing, the world champions regrouped and managed to send winger Julian Savea over for his second try.

Nov 16, 2013

Rugby-All Blacks survive England fightback to march on

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – New Zealand remain on course to complete their perfect year after beating England 30-22 at Twickenham on Saturday but they did it the hard way after the hosts fought back from 17-3 down in a thrilling encounter.

With Twickenham rocking as England led 22-20 and scented a second successive upset win following last year’s 38-21 thrashing, the world champions regrouped and managed to send winger Julian Savea over for his second try.

Nov 14, 2013

Hartley a ‘bona-fide’ Englishman 50 times over

LONDON (Reuters) – Three New Zealanders will be making landmark appearances at Twickenham on Saturday but one of them will be wearing the white of England and giving his utmost to ruin the day for the other two.

Dan Carter, one of the greatest flyhalves to grace the game, becomes the fifth All Black to clock up 100 tests, while lock Sam Whitelock will play his 50th.

Nov 14, 2013

Rugby-Hartley a ‘bona-fide’ Englishman 50 times over

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Three New Zealanders will be making landmark appearances at Twickenham on Saturday but one of them will be wearing the white of England and giving his utmost to ruin the day for the other two.

Dan Carter, one of the greatest flyhalves to grace the game, becomes the fifth All Black to clock up 100 tests, while lock Sam Whitelock will play his 50th.

Nov 14, 2013

World Cup in mind as England seek repeat NZ win

LONDON (Reuters) – The rugby World Cup might be two years away but England’s clash against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday is a significant waymarker for both sides’ psychological approach to the 2015 tournament.

New Zealand ended a 24-year wait for a second World Cup triumph when they emerged victorious on home soil in 2011 and, under the new management of Steve Hansen, they have continued to dominate global rugby.

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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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