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Nov 27, 2014

Centre Twelvetrees replaces Farrell for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Billy Twelvetrees will start at inside centre for England against Australia on Saturday after coach Stuart Lancaster dropped Owen Farrell and kept faith with George Ford at flyhalf.

Ford, 21, made an assured first start in last week’s victory over Samoa, with Farrell looking far less comfortable having been shifted to centre.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-Centre Twelvetrees replaces Farrell for England

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Billy Twelvetrees will start at inside centre for England against Australia on Saturday after coach Stuart Lancaster dropped Owen Farrell and kept faith with George Ford at flyhalf.

Ford, 21, made an assured first start in last week’s victory over Samoa, with Farrell looking far less comfortable having been shifted to centre.

Nov 22, 2014

England show solidarity with Samoa

LONDON (Reuters) – Samoa’s players threatened to boycott Saturday’s match at Twickenham in protest at rugby’s turmoil in their country but after turning up and playing their hearts out their England counterparts joined them in a prayer of solidarity.

Samoa’s strike threat was averted after the intervention of World Rugby and the players’ union, though the team wore wristbands in protest at the continuing, and long-running issues with the governance of the game in their homeland.

Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-England show solidarity with Samoa

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Samoa’s players threatened to boycott Saturday’s match at Twickenham in protest at rugby’s turmoil in their country but after turning up and playing their hearts out their England counterparts joined them in a prayer of solidarity.

Samoa’s strike threat was averted after the intervention of World Rugby and the players’ union, though the team wore wristbands in protest at the continuing, and long-running issues with the governance of the game in their homeland.

Nov 22, 2014

Ford or Farrell is Lancaster’s biggest decision

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster will make potentially the most important selection decision of his tenure when he chooses between George Ford and Owen Farrell as his starting flyhalf for next week’s match with Australia.

Ford, 21, was handed his first start on Saturday and grabbed the opportunity with both hands as England beat Samoa 28-9.

Nov 22, 2014

Rugby-Ford or Farrell is Lancaster’s biggest decision

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster will make potentially the most important selection decision of his tenure when he chooses between George Ford and Owen Farrell as his starting flyhalf for next week’s match with Australia.

Ford, 21, was handed his first start on Saturday and grabbed the opportunity with both hands as England beat Samoa 28-9.

Nov 22, 2014

Ford to the fore as England beat Samoa 28-9

LONDON (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 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.

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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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