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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.

May 30, 2015

Rugby-Saracens smother Bath to lift English title

LONDON, May 30 (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 28, 2015

Ford v Farrell is centrepiece of Premiership final

LONDON (Reuters) – English rugby’s Premiership final on Saturday is a classic showdown between the high-risk, attacking verve of Bath and the pragmatic points accumulation machine of Saracens.

This weekend’s contest is perfectly encapsulated by the opposing flyhalves.

Last Saturday Owen Farrell showed that, after an injury-hit season that saw him lose his England place, he is back to the peak of his game as he kicked 19 points, including a nerveless late long-range penalty, to see Saracens past holders Northampton.

May 28, 2015

Rugby-Ford v Farrell is centrepiece of Premiership final

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – English rugby’s Premiership final on Saturday is a classic showdown between the high-risk, attacking verve of Bath and the pragmatic points accumulation machine of Saracens.

This weekend’s contest is perfectly encapsulated by the opposing flyhalves.

Last Saturday Owen Farrell showed that, after an injury-hit season that saw him lose his England place, he is back to the peak of his game as he kicked 19 points, including a nerveless late long-range penalty, to see Saracens past holders Northampton.

May 23, 2015

Rugby-Bath and Saracens into Premiership final

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – Clinical Bath blasted Leicester 47-10 on Saturday to reach the English Premiership final for the first time since 2004 and will now face Saracens in the decider next week after last year’s runners-up beat holders Northampton 29-24 away.

Wing Matt Banahan became the first man to score a hat-trick of tries in a playoff semi-final as seven-try Bath scored almost every time they got in sight of the line, while Leicester had more ball and territory but looked desperately short of ideas.

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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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