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May 15, 2015

England’s Tuilagi out of World Cup after assault conviction

LONDON (Reuters) – England centre Manu Tuilagi will not play in this year’s World Cup after being convicted of three charges of assault and one of criminal damage, the Rugby Football Union and his club Leicester said on Friday.

“England coach Stuart Lancaster has spoken to Manu and informed him that, in the light of his conduct and subsequent conviction, he will not be considered for selection for England’s Elite Playing Squads until January 2016,” a joint statement said.

May 15, 2015

Tuilagi ban inevitable under Lancaster’s clean regime

LONDON (Reuters) – When Manu Tuilagi jumped off a ferry in Auckland harbour after England had been knocked out of the 2011 World Cup it was seen as the immature act of a boisterous 20-year-old that was dealt with by a fine and a slap on the wrists.

Much as the behaviour of former England footballer, “daft as a brush” Paul Gascoigne, was accepted as schoolboy high jinks, the likeable Tuilagi was given a similarly long leash.

May 15, 2015

Rugby-Tuilagi ban inevitable under Lancaster’s clean regime

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Manu Tuilagi jumped off a ferry in Auckland harbour after England had been knocked out of the 2011 World Cup it was seen as the immature act of a boisterous 20-year-old that was dealt with by a fine and a slap on the wrists.

Much as the behaviour of former England footballer, “daft as a brush” Paul Gascoigne, was accepted as schoolboy high jinks, the likeable Tuilagi was given a similarly long leash.

May 15, 2015

Rugby-England’s Tuilagi out of World Cup after assault conviction

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – England centre Manu Tuilagi will not play in this year’s World Cup after being convicted of three charges of assault and one of criminal damage, the Rugby Football Union and his club Leicester said on Friday.

“England coach Stuart Lancaster has spoken to Manu and informed him that, in the light of his conduct and subsequent conviction, he will not be considered for selection for England’s Elite Playing Squads until January 2016,” a joint statement said.

May 3, 2015

Analysis – Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 3, 2015

Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea’s title built on granite foundations

LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – While some of his rivals were spending millions on marquee defenders last summer Jose Mourinho was happy to sell David Luiz secure in the knowledge he had a back four that would be the bedrock of Chelsea’s title push.

With the Premier League trophy now back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s judgement has again proved spot on as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been the most reliable defensive unit in the country.

May 2, 2015

Marvellous Mitchell blasts back onto World Cup radar

LONDON (Reuters) – So it came to pass — the flying back frozen out of his national team for plying his trade in France scored a Champions Cup final try of such irresistible brilliance that he will surely be recalled for the rugby World Cup.

However, it was not Clermont Auvergne’s Nick Abendanon knocking down Stuart Lancaster’s door — though the former England man did score a smart try — but Australian Drew Mitchell.

May 2, 2015

Rugby-Marvellous Mitchell blasts back onto World Cup radar

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – So it came to pass — the flying back frozen out of his national team for plying his trade in France scored a Champions Cup final try of such irresistible brilliance that he will surely be recalled for the rugby World Cup.

However, it was not Clermont Auvergne’s Nick Abendanon knocking down Stuart Lancaster’s door — though the former England man did score a smart try — but Australian Drew Mitchell.

Apr 28, 2015

It’s no dream as Bournemouth awakes to English top-flight reality

LONDON (Reuters) – The genteel English seaside town of Bournemouth awoke on Tuesday to the astonishing prospect that its soccer club, on the brink of extinction only five years ago, will be revelling in the glamour and wealth of Premier League football next season.

Barring a near-impossible 20-goal swing in the final games on Saturday, Bournemouth will be promoted from the Championship to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in English soccer’s top flight for the first time in their 116-year history. It is a turnaround few would have throught possible.

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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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