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Apr 28, 2013

Rugby-Wilkinson kicks Toulon into Heineken final

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Jonny Wilkinson spent half his career ruining French dreams at Twickenham but on Sunday it was his club Toulon celebrating as he kicked all the points in a 24-12 win over Saracens to earn them a first Heineken Cup final.

Wilkinson, who kicked all Toulon’s points in their 21-15 quarter-final victory over Leicester, landed seven penalties and a drop goal at Twickenham as the big-name, multi-national side set up an all-French final against Clermont Auvergne in Dublin on May 18.

Apr 24, 2013

Rugby-French duo eye first Heineken Cup final

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – Toulon, Clermont Auvergne and Saracens go into this weekend’s semi-finals desperate to validate their domestic progress with a debut Heineken Cup final appearance but perennial party-poopers Munster are not about to vacate the top table without a fight.

Munster, twice champions and twice runners-up, will have to reproduce the dogged resistance that got them past Harlequins in London in the quarter-finals if they are to overcome French league pacemakers Clermont in Montpellier on Saturday (1600 GMT).

Apr 18, 2013

PROFILE: Hoy steps down after proving nice guys can finish first

LONDON (Reuters) – Track cyclist Chris Hoy is Britain’s most successful Olympian and has won more titles than he can remember yet his greatest sporting legacy could be his utter destruction of the notion that nice guys finish last.

Hoy, who announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 37 having decided against carrying on until next year’s Commonwealth Games at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in his native Scotland, won six Olympic golds and one silver.

Apr 18, 2013

Hoy steps down after proving nice guys can finish first

LONDON (Reuters) – Track cyclist Chris Hoy is Britain’s most successful Olympian and has won more titles than he can remember yet his greatest sporting legacy could be his utter destruction of the notion that nice guys finish last.

Hoy, who announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 37 having decided against carrying on until next year’s Commonwealth Games at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in his native Scotland, won six Olympic golds and one silver.

Apr 18, 2013

Cycling-Hoy steps down after proving nice guys can finish first

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Track cyclist Chris Hoy is Britain’s most successful Olympian and has won more titles than he can remember yet his greatest sporting legacy could be his utter destruction of the notion that nice guys finish last.

Hoy, who announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 37 having decided against carrying on until next year’s Commonwealth Games at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in his native Scotland, won six Olympic golds and one silver.

Mar 26, 2013

Soccer-Reuters examines the world of soccer academies

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – The world of soccer academies is perplexing, occasionally uplifting but also disconcerting, with widely differing approaches to recruitment, education and welfare and hugely contrasting levels of success across Europe’s major leagues.

Reuters reporters have produced a series of in-depth multi-media stories, features and interviews to be issued over the next three days which examine the differing approaches and trends among countries and clubs and address some of the issues and concerns.

Mar 22, 2013

Wales fullback Halfpenny named player of Six Nations

LONDON (Reuters) – Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny was named the player of the Six Nations championship on Friday after winning 40 percent of the votes cast by more than 80,000 rugby fans.

Halfpenny, one of a shortlist of 15 players compiled using a combination of match statistics and social media appearances, was a worthy winner after his consistent all-round performances helped Wales retain the title in their momentous last-day victory over England.

Mar 22, 2013

Rugby-Wales fullback Halfpenny named player of Six Nations

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny was named the player of the Six Nations championship on Friday after winning 40 percent of the votes cast by more than 80,000 rugby fans.

Halfpenny, one of a shortlist of 15 players compiled using a combination of match statistics and social media appearances, was a worthy winner after his consistent all-round performances helped Wales retain the title in their momentous last-day victory over England.

Mar 17, 2013

Wales emerge victorious from stodgy Six Nations

LONDON (Reuters) – This year’s Six Nations opened with a spectacular weekend of action, lurched into tepid mediocrity amid foul weather but finished back on a high as Wales hammered England to retain the title amid a spine-tingling atmosphere in Cardiff.

Wales were worthy champions after their record 30-3 demolition of grand-slam chasing England in the title decider, having bounced back from their opening defeat by Ireland with three successive away wins.

Mar 17, 2013

Rugby-Wales emerge victorious from stodgy Six Nations

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – This year’s Six Nations opened with a spectacular weekend of action, lurched into tepid mediocrity amid foul weather but finished back on a high as Wales hammered England to retain the title amid a spine-tingling atmosphere in Cardiff.

Wales were worthy champions after their record 30-3 demolition of grand-slam chasing England in the title decider, having bounced back from their opening defeat by Ireland with three successive away wins.

    • About Mitch

      "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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