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Nov 17, 2014

Ongoing U.S. issue continues to divide the sport

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players voiced widely different views on the case of the United States.

Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede spoke to reporters on the opening day of the International Rugby Board’s World Rugby conference and the All Blacks’ recent match in Chicago proved a contentious issue.

Nov 17, 2014

Rugby-Ongoing U.S. issue continues to divide the sport

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players voiced widely different views on the case of the United States.

Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede spoke to reporters on the opening day of the International Rugby Board’s World Rugby conference and the All Blacks’ recent match in Chicago proved a contentious issue.

Nov 15, 2014

South Africa hand England fifth successive defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham on Saturday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup.

Two tries put South Africa 20-6 ahead a minute into the second half and though England scored two quick fire rolling maul tries to get level, Schalk Burger got the key third Springbok score and the boot of flyhalf Pat Lambie brought them home.

Nov 15, 2014

Springboks switch on to foil England fightback

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer praised his side’s mental fortitude as they bounced back from a disappointing defeat in Dublin to triumph 31-28 at Twickenham on Saturday and maintain their remarkable stranglehold on England.

Meyer and some of his players admitted the attitude was not good enough in going down 29-15 to Ireland in the opening game of their November tour last week but they were very much up for it against England.

Nov 15, 2014

England will not panic, says Lancaster after fifth straight loss

LONDON (Reuters) – When Stuart Lancaster sat down in 2012 to plot England’s path to World Cup glory he would not have expected to find himself 10 months away from the tournament being asked to explain away a fifth successive defeat.

Four were at the hands of the world champion All Blacks, but Saturday’s 31-28 loss to South Africa extended England’s worst run since 2006 and Lancaster knows there are no excuses.

Nov 13, 2014

Watson well groomed for first England start

LONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Watson might be an unfamiliar face to many England fans but when the pacey 20-year-old wing runs out at Twickenham for his first test start on Saturday it will be the natural culmination of a carefully planned journey.

Watson’s father Duncan played for Saracens before a knee injury brought a premature end to his career, while his older brother Marcus was a former England junior player who is now an integral part of the national sevens squad eyeing Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Watson well groomed for first England start

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Anthony Watson might be an unfamiliar face to many England fans but when the pacey 20-year-old wing runs out at Twickenham for his first test start on Saturday it will be the natural culmination of a carefully planned journey.

Watson’s father Duncan played for Saracens before a knee injury brought a premature end to his career, while his older brother Marcus was a former England junior player who is now an integral part of the national sevens squad eyeing Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Watson the latest wing option for England

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Anthony Watson is the latest man to be given the chance to nail down a berth on England’s wing when he starts his first test against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Watson edged Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Nov 13, 2014

Winger Watson gets first start for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England against South Africa on Saturday after edging Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Watson, 20, won his first cap as a second-half replacement for Bath team mate Rokoduguni in the 24-21 defeat last Saturday and starts on the right wing at Twickenham.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Winger Watson gets first start for England

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England against South Africa on Saturday after edging Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Watson, 20, won his first cap as a second-half replacement for Bath team mate Rokoduguni in the 24-21 defeat last Saturday and starts on the right wing at Twickenham.

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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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