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Mar 12, 2015

Denton and Hamilton beef up Scots at Twickenham

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland have recalled number eight Dave Denton and lock Jim Hamilton as they seek to compete with England’s forward power in Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Denton, out of action for two months with a calf injury, comes in for his first taste of the 2015 Six Nations, replacing Johnnie Beattie while Hamilton comes in for Tim Swinson in the team announced on Thursday.

Mar 12, 2015

Rugby-Denton and Hamilton beef up Scots at Twickenham

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Scotland have recalled number eight Dave Denton and lock Jim Hamilton as they seek to compete with England’s forward power in Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Denton, out of action for two months with a calf injury, comes in for his first taste of the 2015 Six Nations, replacing Johnnie Beattie while Hamilton comes in for Tim Swinson in the team announced on Thursday.

Mar 11, 2015

Lawes and Brown start for England against Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster has reacted to his side’s defeat to Ireland by giving lock Courtney Lawes his first taste of Six Nations action this season and recalling fullback Mike Brown for Saturday’s Twickenham clash with Scotland.

The powerful and athletic Lawes has only recently returned to action after a lengthy absence with an ankle injury but goes into the starting lineup in place of George Kruis, who drops out of the squad.

Mar 11, 2015

Rugby-Lawes and Brown start for England against Scotland

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster has reacted to his side’s defeat to Ireland by giving lock Courtney Lawes his first taste of Six Nations action this season and recalling fullback Mike Brown for Saturday’s Twickenham clash with Scotland.

The powerful and athletic Lawes has only recently returned to action after a lengthy absence with an ankle injury but goes into the starting lineup in place of George Kruis, who drops out of the squad.

Feb 27, 2015

Lancaster unimpressed by closed-shop Premiership plan

LONDON (Reuters) – A potential closed-shop English rugby Premiership could have a negative impact on player development and cause problems for the national team, England coach Stuart Lancaster suggested on Friday.

In his career as a club coach, Lancaster oversaw Leeds’ promotion to the Premiership before they were relegated in 2008, shortly before he left the club to join the Rugby Football Union as head of elite player development.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster unimpressed by closed-shop Premiership plan

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A potential closed-shop English rugby Premiership could have a negative impact on player development and cause problems for the national team, England coach Stuart Lancaster suggested on Friday.

In his career as a club coach, Lancaster oversaw Leeds’ promotion to the Premiership before they were relegated in 2008, shortly before he left the club to join the Rugby Football Union as head of elite player development.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-Livewire Nowell raring to kickstart England career

BAGSHOT, England, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Just under a year ago 20-year-old Jack Nowell was in rugby heaven, having made his England debut, been an ever-present in the Six Nations, scoring his first try and seemingly set fair for a long international career.

The livewire winger was also having a great time domestically as his unfashionable club Exeter continued to punch above their weight in the Premiership and even got a taste of the Heineken Cup.

Feb 27, 2015

England primed for Dublin ‘decider’

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) РNobody in the England and Ireland camps will countenance any talk of Sunday’s clash being a Six Nations decider but to everyone else, whoever emerges victorious in Dublin will be installed as red hot title favourites.

The only teams to have won their first two games meet in a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon showdown, though anyone expecting a feast of running rugby is likely to be disappointed.

Feb 27, 2015

Rugby-England primed for Dublin ‘decider’

BAGSHOT, England Feb 27 (Reuters) – Nobody in the England and Ireland camps will countenance any talk of Sunday’s clash being a Six Nations decider but to everyone else, whoever emerges victorious in Dublin will be installed as red hot title favourites.

The only teams to have won their first two games meet in a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon showdown, though anyone expecting a feast of running rugby is likely to be disappointed.

Feb 25, 2015

Analysis – Attention European leagues: it’s the World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s leading football leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of football’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

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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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