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May 20, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster leaves no stone unturned on World Cup path

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster, having named a bumper 50-man World Cup training squad and left the door open for yet further additions, might appear to be flailing desperately with the tournament only four months away.

But anyone who knows him will be well aware of how much time and energy Lancaster and his assistants put into tracking and analysing every aspect of his potential players’ performances.

May 20, 2015

Rugby-Ashton, Strettle back in England World Cup frame

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – Winger Chris Ashton has been given the chance to resurrect his stalled England career after being named in Stuart Lancaster’s bulging 50-man rugby World Cup training squad on Wednesday.

Ashton, joint leading try scorer at the last World Cup, has featured in just two internationals since 2013 but his relentless try-scoring for Saracens this season made an irresistible case for a recall.

May 20, 2015

Ashton back in the World Cup frame for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Winger Chris Ashton is set to be given the chance to resurrect his stalled England career when he is expected to be named in Stuart Lancaster’s rugby World Cup training squad on Wednesday.

Ashton, joint leading try scorer at the last World Cup, has fallen out of favour in recent years, missing the last two Six Nations tournaments and since 2013 featured in just two games, on the New Zealand tour last summer.

May 20, 2015

Rugby-Ashton back in the World Cup frame for England

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – Winger Chris Ashton is set to be given the chance to resurrect his stalled England career when he is expected to be named in Stuart Lancaster’s rugby World Cup training squad on Wednesday.

Ashton, joint leading try scorer at the last World Cup, has fallen out of favour in recent years, missing the last two Six Nations tournaments and since 2013 featured in just two games, on the New Zealand tour last summer.

May 16, 2015

Rugby-Leicester and Saracens snatch playoff slots

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – After a nail-biting afternoon of fluctuating fortunes and nervous calculations, Leicester and Saracens snatched the final qualifying berths for English rugby’s Premiership playoffs on Saturday and Exeter missed out on points difference.

Champions Northampton and Bath were assured of home semi-finals but Leicester — who have made the playoffs every year since the system was introduced 11 years ago — Exeter and Saracens began the day in the hunt for the other two slots.

May 16, 2015

Rugby-England head to Rio as team GB in sevens

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – England will represent Great Britain in the inaugural rugby sevens tournament at the 2016 Olympics after guaranteeing a top-four slot in the World Series at Twickenham on Saturday.

England hammered Brazil 56-7 and then beat Kenya 40-0 in pool play to join Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand, winners of the last four world series titles, as automatic qualifiers, even though they still had one pool game to play against Scotland.

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.

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