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May 31, 2014

Rugby-Zap! TV official hands Northampton first title

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – So, after 132 regular season matches, two semi-finals and 99 minutes of a gloriously tense final, the English Premiership title was decided by a man watching TV in a small room buried in the depths of Twickenham on Saturday.

Replacement prop Alex Waller will go down in history as the man whose last-gasp try gave Northampton the 24-20 win over Saracens that crowned them champions for the first time but the name Graham Hughes will also have its own special place in the hearts of the Franklin’s Gardens faithful.

May 31, 2014

Rugby-Northampton win Premiership title in thrilling finale

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – Northampton were crowned English rugby champions for the first time in the most dramatic style on Saturday when replacement prop Alex Waller scored a controversial try in the last minute of extra time to secure a 24-20 victory over Saracens.

Saracens looked on course for victory at Twickenham as they led 20-17 going into the final seconds of extra time – the first time the added 20 minutes has been seen in the final.

May 22, 2014

Rugby-Master v apprentice, part II in Heineken final

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Neither man will countenance the idea, both being team men through and through, but happenstance dictates that Saturday’s Heineken Cup final focus will be on opposing flyhalves Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon and Saracens’ Owen Farrell.

The match-up is a repeat of last year’s semi-final, when Toulon prevailed and went on to win the trophy for the first time.

May 19, 2014

Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching United

By Mitch Phillips

(Reuters) – Ryan Giggs has called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes on Monday.

Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances, winning 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, announced his decision on Monday via an open letter on the club’s website.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching United

May 19 (Reuters) – Ryan Giggs has called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes on Monday.

Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances, winning 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, announced his decision on Monday via an open letter on the club’s website.

May 19, 2014

Farewell Jonny Wilkinson, so good, so humble, so revered

LONDON (Reuters) – Jonny Wilkinson’s first, scarcely credible, thought after his drop-goal won the 2003 rugby World Cup for England was ‘oh no, it’s all going to be downhill from here’…

Eleven years later, even the ultimate perfectionist may realise how wrong he had been.

May 19, 2014

Rugby-Farewell Jonny Wilkinson, so good, so humble, so revered

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Jonny Wilkinson’s first, scarcely credible, thought after his drop-goal won the 2003 rugby World Cup for England was ‘oh no, it’s all going to be downhill from here’…

Eleven years later, even the ultimate perfectionist may realise how wrong he had been.

May 15, 2014

Cipriani given England recall after six years

LONDON (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani was named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

May 15, 2014

Rugby-Cipriani given England recall after six years

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani was named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

May 15, 2014

Rugby-Cipriani set for England recall after six years

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Danny Cipriani is expected to be named in an England squad for the first time in six years on Thursday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps.

Cipriani won all seven of his caps under Brian Ashton in 2008 – having been dropped from what would have been his debut against Scotland after being seen outside a nightclub days before a match.

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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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