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Nov 2, 2013

Rugby-Second-half surge gives England victory over Australia

LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Inspired by a halftime parade from the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, England came from behind to beat Australia 20-13 at Twickenham on Saturday and put down a marker for the 2015 tournament.

Australia led 13-6 at halftime after a try from centre Matt Toomua as Owen Farrell missed three of his five penalty attempts but the hosts were re-energised after the break and were deserved winners of the first of three home November tests.

Oct 31, 2013

Tomkins follows well-trodden path from Wigan to Twickenham

LONDON (Reuters) – Not long ago the only time rugby fans in Wigan got excited about a trip to London was for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley but now the town that lives and breathes league is almost ready to be twinned with Twickenham.

The latest player to complete the previously unthinkable transition to union is Joel Tomkins, who will make his England debut against Australia on Saturday.

Oct 31, 2013

Rugby-Tomkins follows well-trodden path from Wigan to Twickenham

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Not long ago the only time rugby fans in Wigan got excited about a trip to London was for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley but now the town that lives and breathes league is almost ready to be twinned with Twickenham.

The latest player to complete the previously unthinkable transition to union is Joel Tomkins, who will make his England debut against Australia on Saturday.

Oct 31, 2013

Rugby-Dickson, Tomkins, Yarde to start for England

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Two years from the World Cup, England coach Stuart Lancaster would have hoped to bed down a largely settled team yet he goes into Saturday’s test against Australia with a lineup littered by question marks.

Joel Tomkins makes his debut in yet another new centre partnership alongside Billy Twelvetrees, number eight Billy Vunipola makes his first start and winger Marlon Yarde his second.

Oct 31, 2013

Dickson starts at scrumhalf for England against Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Lee Dickson will start at scrumhalf for England against Australia on Saturday in a fresh-looking side that also includes uncapped centre Joel Tomkins, winger Marlon Yarde and giant number eight Billy Vunipola.

Dickson, who started both of England’s test wins over Argentina in June, retains the number nine jersey after a scintillating start to the season for Northampton, forcing British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Ben Youngs on to the bench.

Oct 31, 2013

Rugby-Dickson starts at scrumhalf for England against Australia

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Lee Dickson will start at scrumhalf for England against Australia on Saturday in a fresh-looking side that also includes uncapped centre Joel Tomkins, winger Marlon Yarde and giant number eight Billy Vunipola.

Dickson, who started both of England’s test wins over Argentina in June, retains the number nine jersey after a scintillating start to the season for Northampton, forcing British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Ben Youngs on to the bench.

Oct 23, 2013

Robshaw to captain England in autumn tests

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster stuck with the tried and tested on Wednesday when he named flanker Chris Robshaw as his captain for the three November tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

Robshaw has been Lancaster’s first choice skipper since he took over the coaching duties from Martin Johnson two years ago, the Harlequins man getting the honour in only his second test.

Oct 23, 2013

Rugby-Robshaw to captain England in autumn tests

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – England coach Stuart Lancaster stuck with the tried and tested on Wednesday when he named flanker Chris Robshaw as his captain for the three November tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

Robshaw has been Lancaster’s first choice skipper since he took over the coaching duties from Martin Johnson two years ago, the Harlequins man getting the honour in only his second test.

Oct 22, 2013

Welsh teams to join Anglo-French breakaway competition

LONDON (Reuters) – This year’s Heineken Cup looks set to be the last after the surprise announcement on Tuesday that the four Welsh regional teams have decided to back the Anglo-French plan for a breakaway competition from next season.

Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons have given “full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions” in a statement released via Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) a day before a Dublin meeting scheduled to try to save the Heineken Cup.

Oct 22, 2013

Rugby-Welsh teams to join Anglo-French breakaway competition

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – This year’s Heineken Cup looks set to be the last after the surprise announcement on Tuesday that the four Welsh regional teams have decided to back the Anglo-French plan for a breakaway competition from next season.

Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons have given “full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions” in a statement released via Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) a day before a Dublin meeting scheduled to try to save the Heineken Cup.

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