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Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 on Saturday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed try-scoring chances.

After Wales had beaten Ireland in Cardiff earlier, England knew a big win against a team they had not lost to at home for 32 years would put them in pole position on points difference but they made hard work even of securing victory, having somehow trailed 13-10 at halftime despite largely dominating.

Mar 13, 2015

England must stop starting badly, says coach Farrell

LONDON (Reuters) – England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year.

England began the campaign raring to go on a sizzling night in Cardiff but the coaches had hardly settled in their seats by the time Wales had opened a 10-0 lead after a Rhys Webb try.

Mar 13, 2015

Rugby-England must stop starting badly, says coach Farrell

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year.

England began the campaign raring to go on a sizzling night in Cardiff but the coaches had hardly settled in their seats by the time Wales had opened a 10-0 lead after a Rhys Webb try.

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.

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