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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.

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.

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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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