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Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-Ford to the fore as England beat Samoa 28-9

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Three-try England did enough to beat a physical Samoa 28-9 at Twickenham on Saturday, ending a five-game losing run and giving coach Stuart Lancaster food for thought ahead of next week’s tougher test against Australia.

Winger Jonny May scored two tries with Mike Brown also crossing the line as England showed some flashes of brilliance, with 21-year-old flyhalf George Ford, in his first start, behind most of them.

Nov 19, 2014

Ford starts for England, Farrell at 12

LONDON (Reuters) – Flyhalf George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa on Saturday but Owen Farrell remains in the side at inside centre with Stuart Lancaster making five changes from the team beaten by South Africa last week.

Ford, 21, has four caps as a replacement and has a real chance to stake a claim for the flyhalf berth in the wake of Farrell’s disappointing displays in the losses to the Springboks and New Zealand.

Nov 19, 2014

Rugby-Ford starts for England, Farrell at 12

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Flyhalf George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa on Saturday but Owen Farrell remains in the side at inside centre with Stuart Lancaster making five changes from the team beaten by South Africa last week.

Ford, 21, has four caps as a replacement and has a real chance to stake a claim for the flyhalf berth in the wake of Farrell’s disappointing displays in the losses to the Springboks and New Zealand.

Nov 19, 2014

Police report peaceful end to Scotland-England match

GLASGOW (Reuters) – Despite a bitter soccer rivalry spanning more than a century, and a bumpy political landscape in recent months, Scotland and England’s first clash since the Scots narrowly voted to remain within the United Kingdom passed off peacefully on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said there had been 26 arrests, including seven in the Celtic Park stadium.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Police report peaceful end to Scotland-England match

GLASGOW, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Despite a bitter soccer rivalry spanning more than a century, and a bumpy political landscape in recent months, Scotland and England’s first clash since the Scots narrowly voted to remain within the United Kingdom passed off peacefully on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said there had been 26 arrests, including seven in the Celtic Park stadium.

Nov 17, 2014

Ongoing U.S. issue continues to divide the sport

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players voiced widely different views on the case of the United States.

Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede spoke to reporters on the opening day of the International Rugby Board’s World Rugby conference and the All Blacks’ recent match in Chicago proved a contentious issue.

Nov 17, 2014

Rugby-Ongoing U.S. issue continues to divide the sport

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players voiced widely different views on the case of the United States.

Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede spoke to reporters on the opening day of the International Rugby Board’s World Rugby conference and the All Blacks’ recent match in Chicago proved a contentious issue.

Nov 15, 2014

South Africa hand England fifth successive defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham on Saturday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup.

Two tries put South Africa 20-6 ahead a minute into the second half and though England scored two quick fire rolling maul tries to get level, Schalk Burger got the key third Springbok score and the boot of flyhalf Pat Lambie brought them home.

Nov 15, 2014

Springboks switch on to foil England fightback

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer praised his side’s mental fortitude as they bounced back from a disappointing defeat in Dublin to triumph 31-28 at Twickenham on Saturday and maintain their remarkable stranglehold on England.

Meyer and some of his players admitted the attitude was not good enough in going down 29-15 to Ireland in the opening game of their November tour last week but they were very much up for it against England.

Nov 15, 2014

England will not panic, says Lancaster after fifth straight loss

LONDON (Reuters) – When Stuart Lancaster sat down in 2012 to plot England’s path to World Cup glory he would not have expected to find himself 10 months away from the tournament being asked to explain away a fifth successive defeat.

Four were at the hands of the world champion All Blacks, but Saturday’s 31-28 loss to South Africa extended England’s worst run since 2006 and Lancaster knows there are no excuses.

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