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Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-England will sort discipline from within, says Wilkinson

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – As possibly the most dedicated man ever to play international rugby, Jonny Wilkinson might not be best-placed to pass judgement on England’s current disciplinary issues.

Wilkinson, a coach’s dream in terms of commitment, attitude and behaviour, admitted he was once reduced to a quivering wreck after turning up five minutes late for a team meeting with former coach Clive Woodward.

Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-England need Ford and Farrell, says Wilkinson

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – The battle between George Ford and Owen Farrell for the England number 10 shirt is already one of the rugby World Cup’s big talking points but the man who every red-rosed flyhalf is measured against thinks both men will have a part to play.

Jonny Wilkinson, whose extra-time dropped goal in the 2003 final spurred England to victory in the sport’s showpiece, will be watching this year’s tournament as a fan, having played in the previous four.

Jun 10, 2015

Rugby-World Cup trophy tour gets royal send-off

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – Rugby royalty met the real thing at Twickenham on Wednesday when Jonny Wilkinson and Britain’s Prince Harry sent the Webb Ellis Cup on its tour of Britain to mark 100 days until the start of the rugby World Cup.

Wilkinson, the drop-goal hero of England’s 2003-winning team and a veteran of four World Cups, and Prince Harry, Honorary President of organisers England 2015, took part in a ceremony flanked by delighted local school children, with massed ranks of employees of the Rugby Football Union looking down from the stadium’s mighty West Stand.

Jun 1, 2015

England looking alone in World Cup boycott call

LONDON (Reuters) – England was looking increasingly isolated in its call for a boycott of football’s World Cup on Monday as a senior UEFA official cast doubt on the idea and the rest of Europe remained near-silent.

Following Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president last week, the English Football Association’s chairman Greg Dyke said his organisation would support any boycott led by the UEFA, the sport’s European federation.

Jun 1, 2015

Soccer-England looking alone in World Cup boycott call

LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) – England was looking increasingly isolated in its call for a boycott of soccer’s World Cup on Monday as a senior UEFA official cast doubt on the idea and the rest of Europe remained near-silent.

Following Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president last week, the English Football Association’s chairman Greg Dyke said his organisation would support any boycott led by the UEFA, the sport’s European federation.

May 30, 2015

Last year’s pain fired us, says Saracens’ McCall

LONDON (Reuters) – Losing two huge finals in a week last season fuelled Saracens with unquenchable desire to go one step further this year, coach Mark McCall said after Saturday’s 28-16 demolition of Bath in the Premiership final completed a hugely satisfying double.

Last May, Saracens were beaten by Toulon in the European Cup final then lost to Northampton in the last seconds of extra time in the Premiership decider.

May 30, 2015

Rugby-Last year’s pain fired us, says Saracens’ McCall

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Losing two huge finals in a week last season fuelled Saracens with unquenchable desire to go one step further this year, coach Mark McCall said after Saturday’s 28-16 demolition of Bath in the Premiership final completed a hugely satisfying double.

Last May, Saracens were beaten by Toulon in the European Cup final then lost to Northampton in the last seconds of extra time in the Premiership decider.

May 30, 2015

Saracens smother Bath to lift English title

LONDON (Reuters) – Saracens overwhelmed Bath with a three-try first-half blitz and a supreme display of aggressive, destructive rugby to secure a 28-16 victory in the English Premiership final at Twickenham on Saturday.

In a game billed as a showdown between Bath’s ambitious attack and Saracens’ pragmatic, squeezing game it was the London club’s approach that proved decisive as they dominated the first half to lead 25-3 with tries by Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Chris Wyles.

May 30, 2015

It’s nothing personal, says Farrell after eclipsing Ford

LONDON (Reuters) – Since losing his England place to George Ford, Owen Farrell has been bombarded by stories extolling the superiority of the young pretender but the “old dog” ruled Twickenham again on Saturday after a man-of-the-match performance in the Premiership final.

Farrell, who missed three months of the season with a knee injury and has been relegated to England’s back-up number 10, was at the heart of everything Saracens did en route to an unexpectedly one-sided 28-16 victory over Ford’s Bath.

May 30, 2015

Rugby-It’s nothing personal, says Farrell after eclipsing Ford

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Since losing his England place to George Ford, Owen Farrell has been bombarded by stories extolling the superiority of the young pretender but the “old dog” ruled Twickenham again on Saturday after a man-of-the-match performance in the Premiership final.

Farrell, who missed three months of the season with a knee injury and has been relegated to England’s back-up number 10, was at the heart of everything Saracens did en route to an unexpectedly one-sided 28-16 victory over Ford’s Bath.

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