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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.

May 12, 2014

State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favorites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari chose a largely predictable squad last week and, for the first time in years, there was little criticism from fans who expect nothing less than a record sixth World Cup triumph. The relative calm is helped by the fact that both the manager and the fans know the starting line-up that Scolari has carefully honed over 18 months in charge and he will stick by them even though several have struggled over the last half of the season.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favourites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling.

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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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