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Oct 29, 2015

Rugby-Burgess is staying in union, says Bath coach Ford

LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – England centre Sam Burgess will not be returning to rugby league, according to Bath coach Mike Ford, but speculation remains strong that a move back to his former Australian league club South Sydney could still happen.

Burgess, who was at the heart of Stuart Lancaster’s most contentious selection issues before and during the Rugby World Cup, has been given time off after returning to Bath following England’s pool-stage exit.

Oct 28, 2015

Owens centre stage as rugby embraces diversity

LONDON (Reuters) – When referee Nigel Owens walks out at Twickenham to take charge of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final he will be chipping another brick away from the wall of homophobia that has enclosed professional sport for decades.

Owens came out as gay in 2007 and although his personal life is well documented, seeing him at the centre of the sport’s biggest showpiece further underlines progress that is being made.

Oct 28, 2015

Rugby-Owens centre stage as rugby embraces diversity

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – When referee Nigel Owens walks out at Twickenham to take charge of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final he will be chipping another brick away from the wall of homophobia that has enclosed professional sport for decades.

Owens came out as gay in 2007 and although his personal life is well documented, seeing him at the centre of the sport’s biggest showpiece further underlines progress that is being made.

Oct 28, 2015

Owens emerges from ‘dark place’ into the final limelight

LONDON (Reuters) – In most sports it is considered the sign of a good referee if he is not noticed but when charismatic Welshman Nigel Owens has the whistle on the rugby pitch, players and fans are usually more than happy to allow him his own cameo.

Owens will take charge of Saturday’s World Cup final and it is an appointment that is richly deserved and has been almost universally welcomed.

Oct 28, 2015

Rugby-Owens emerges from ‘dark place’ into the final limelight

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – In most sports it is considered the sign of a good referee if he is not noticed but when charismatic Welshman Nigel Owens has the whistle on the rugby pitch, players and fans are usually more than happy to allow him his own cameo.

Owens will take charge of Saturday’s World Cup final and it is an appointment that is richly deserved and has been almost universally welcomed.

Oct 28, 2015

Australians launch petition to change final kick off time

LONDON (Reuters) – Australian rugby fans have launched a tongue-in-cheek petition asking for a change to the kick off time of Saturday’s World Cup final so that they and their New Zealand counterparts can stay in bed a bit longer.

Saturday’s Twickenham final kicks off at 1700 BST, which ranges between 0200 and 0500 in New Zealand and Australia.

Oct 28, 2015

Rugby-Australians launch petition to change final kick off time

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Australian rugby fans have launched a tongue-in-cheek petition asking for a change to the kick off time of Saturday’s World Cup final so that they and their New Zealand counterparts can stay in bed a bit longer.

Saturday’s Twickenham final kicks off at 1600 GMT, which ranges between 0200 and 0500 in New Zealand and Australia.

Oct 26, 2015

Final is a clean sheet, says New Zealand’s Foster

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand and Australia know each other extremely well and can both point to a win in their last two meetings but All Black assistant coach Ian Foster says everything in the past will count for nothing in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

Australia ended a four-year winless run against their local rivals with a 27-19 victory in Sydney on Aug. 8 — only the All Blacks’ third defeat since winning the 2011 World Cup — but a week later New Zealand restored order in the shape of a five-try 41-13 thrashing in Auckland.

Oct 26, 2015

Welshman Owens to referee World Cup final

LONDON (Reuters) – Welshman Nigel Owens has been named as the referee for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Twickenham.

The 44-year-old had been widely tipped for the role following his impressive displays throughout the tournament.

Oct 26, 2015

Rugby-Final is a clean sheet, says New Zealand’s Foster

LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – New Zealand and Australia know each other extremely well and can both point to a win in their last two meetings but All Black assistant coach Ian Foster says everything in the past will count for nothing in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

Australia ended a four-year winless run against their local rivals with a 27-19 victory in Sydney on Aug. 8 — only the All Blacks’ third defeat since winning the 2011 World Cup — but a week later New Zealand restored order in the shape of a five-try 41-13 thrashing in Auckland.

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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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