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Nov 13, 2014

Watson well groomed for first England start

LONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Watson might be an unfamiliar face to many England fans but when the pacey 20-year-old wing runs out at Twickenham for his first test start on Saturday it will be the natural culmination of a carefully planned journey.

Watson’s father Duncan played for Saracens before a knee injury brought a premature end to his career, while his older brother Marcus was a former England junior player who is now an integral part of the national sevens squad eyeing Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Watson well groomed for first England start

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Anthony Watson might be an unfamiliar face to many England fans but when the pacey 20-year-old wing runs out at Twickenham for his first test start on Saturday it will be the natural culmination of a carefully planned journey.

Watson’s father Duncan played for Saracens before a knee injury brought a premature end to his career, while his older brother Marcus was a former England junior player who is now an integral part of the national sevens squad eyeing Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Watson the latest wing option for England

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Anthony Watson is the latest man to be given the chance to nail down a berth on England’s wing when he starts his first test against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Watson edged Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Nov 13, 2014

Winger Watson gets first start for England

LONDON (Reuters) – Winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England against South Africa on Saturday after edging Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Watson, 20, won his first cap as a second-half replacement for Bath team mate Rokoduguni in the 24-21 defeat last Saturday and starts on the right wing at Twickenham.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Winger Watson gets first start for England

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England against South Africa on Saturday after edging Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the injured Semesa Rokoduguni in the only change from the team beaten by New Zealand last week.

Watson, 20, won his first cap as a second-half replacement for Bath team mate Rokoduguni in the 24-21 defeat last Saturday and starts on the right wing at Twickenham.

Nov 8, 2014

Hansen’s big moan about big screens

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has blasted the growing involvement of TV producers on rugby, saying the replays shown on stadium big screens are starting to influence matches.

The All Blacks beat England 24-21 at Twickenham on Saturday in a game that featured several incidents referred to the television match official (TMO), including at least one that was referred only after the home crowd’s outraged reaction to a big-screen replay alerted referee Nigel Owens to the incident.

Nov 8, 2014

Rugby-Hansen’s big moan about big screens

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has blasted the growing involvement of TV producers on rugby, saying the replays shown on stadium big screens are starting to influence matches.

The All Blacks beat England 24-21 at Twickenham on Saturday in a game that featured several incidents referred to the television match official (TMO), including at least one that was referred only after the home crowd’s outraged reaction to a big-screen replay alerted referee Nigel Owens to the incident.

Nov 8, 2014

Promising England, clinical All Blacks live up to their billing

LONDON (Reuters) – Billed as a key form pointer ahead of next year’s World Cup, Saturday’s Twickenham test merely underlined the consensus that England have the potential to win the tournament but New Zealand are strong favourites to retain their title.

Sports coaches are forever seeking the positives from defeat but in Stuart Lancaster’s case there was plenty to enjoy, albeit crammed into the first half which England won 14-11 before the world champions assumed total control to get the only victory that mattered, the 24-21 result.

Nov 8, 2014

Streetwise New Zealand grind out victory over England

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand showed all their class and experience to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas.

England, playing their first game since losing to the All Blacks in June, led 14-11 at the break after a scintillating Jonny May try but came to rue missed opportunities in a one-sided second half.

Nov 8, 2014

Rugby-Streetwise New Zealand grind out victory over England

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New Zealand showed all their class and experience to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas.

England, playing their first game since losing to the All Blacks in June, led 14-11 at the break after a scintillating Jonny May try but came to rue missed opportunities in a one-sided second half.

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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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