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Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England find their form by going back to basics

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – England are widely considered to have blown the 1991 World Cup by switching from the forward-based approach in the final against Australia so, after Saturday’s win over the Wallabies, their fans will be hoping they stick with what they do best.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has laudably tried to introduce more devil to England’s play over the last year or so but, probably lacking enough backline quality to bring those plans to fruition, the results have been underwhelming.

Nov 29, 2014

England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

Nov 29, 2014

Rugby-England forwards turn on the power to sink Australia

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year.

Both sides had lost two of their three November internationals and were desperate to gain some sort of advantage ahead of what could be a pivotal pool meeting back at Twickenham in 10 months.

Nov 28, 2014

Soccer-Europa success fuelling Everton ambition

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – After a sticky start to the season Everton are gathering a real head of steam and, unlike some of their predecessors in the competition, success in the Europa League seems to be lifting them for their domestic battles.

They chalked up a hugely impressive 2-0 victory on Thursday at Vfl Wolfsburg, currently second in the Bundesliga, to secure top spot in their group with a game to spare.

Nov 27, 2014

Analysis – England pack key as Lancaster seeks midfield mix

LONDON (Reuters) – It is fortunate for coach Stuart Lancaster that England’s best chance of winning the World Cup on home soil is through the dominance of their forwards, as the backline remains a work in progress with no end in sight.

When Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt line up for Saturday’s match against Australia they will be the 41st centre pairing used since the 2003 World Cup final, Lancaster’s 11th and his fifth in the last six games.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-England pack key as Lancaster seeks midfield mix

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – It is fortunate for coach Stuart Lancaster that England’s best chance of winning the World Cup on home soil is through the dominance of their forwards, as the backline remains a work in progress with no end in sight.

When Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt line up for Saturday’s match against Australia they will be the 41st centre pairing used since the 2003 World Cup final, Lancaster’s 11th and his fifth in the last six games.

Nov 27, 2014

Twelvetrees ready to grasp his chance after crazy year

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – England centre Billy Twelvetrees could probably trademark the cliche of a “roller-coaster year” as he approaches the end of a remarkable 12 months of rugby back on a trajectory he hopes will remain upward all the way to the World Cup.

In February and March Twelvetrees was a Six Nations ever-present at inside centre, England’s most troublesome position for a decade, and his partnership with Luther Burrell looked to be the one that coach Stuart Lancaster would stick with through to next year’s World Cup on home soil.

Nov 27, 2014

Rugby-Twelvetrees ready to grasp his chance after crazy year

BAGSHOT, England, Nov 27 (Reuters) – England centre Billy Twelvetrees could probably trademark the cliche of a “roller-coaster year” as he approaches the end of a remarkable 12 months of rugby back on a trajectory he hopes will remain upward all the way to the World Cup.

In February and March Twelvetrees was a Six Nations ever-present at inside centre, England’s most troublesome position for a decade, and his partnership with Luther Burrell looked to be the one that coach Stuart Lancaster would stick with through to next year’s World Cup on home soil.

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.

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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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