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Nov 30, 2014

England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 30, 2014

Rugby-England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil.

Defeats by New Zealand and South Africa at the start of November made it five losses in a row, and last week’s win over Samoa did little to placate the doomsayers.

Nov 29, 2014

Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-Cheika faces up to Australia rebuilding job

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The last time Australia lost three games on a European tour in 2005 it led coach Eddie Jones being sacked but they are in a very different place now despite Saturday’s defeat by England completing another hat-trick.

Following defeats by Ireland and France, they went down 26-17 at Twickenham and have a solitary win over Wales to show for their efforts.

Nov 29, 2014

England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

Nov 29, 2014

England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

Nov 28, 2014

Soccer-Europa success fuelling Everton ambition

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – After a sticky start to the season Everton are gathering a real head of steam and, unlike some of their predecessors in the competition, success in the Europa League seems to be lifting them for their domestic battles.

They chalked up a hugely impressive 2-0 victory on Thursday at Vfl Wolfsburg, currently second in the Bundesliga, to secure top spot in their group with a game to spare.

Nov 27, 2014

Analysis – England pack key as Lancaster seeks midfield mix

LONDON (Reuters) – It is fortunate for coach Stuart Lancaster that England’s best chance of winning the World Cup on home soil is through the dominance of their forwards, as the backline remains a work in progress with no end in sight.

When Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt line up for Saturday’s match against Australia they will be the 41st centre pairing used since the 2003 World Cup final, Lancaster’s 11th and his fifth in the last six 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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