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Jan 27, 2014

Rugby-’No winners’ rule sparking a mini-revolution

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – As Stuart Lancaster makes his final Six Nations preparations, England’s next generation of budding rugby internationals have been told that their competitions must have no winners and that if they are losing a match, the teams will have to be changed.

While England prepare at their usual base in Surrey, the county finds itself on the frontline of a philosophical battle about competitive matches in junior or “mini” rugby.

Jan 22, 2014

Warburton eyes return as Wales seek Six Nations landmark

LONDON (Reuters) – Captain Sam Warburton, who has not played rugby since suffering a shoulder injury in November, hopes to be fit to lead Wales’s defence of the Six Nations championship when they will be seeking an unprecedented third successive outright win.

Warburton suffered the nerve damage in their 30-26 defeat by Australia but said at the tournament’s official launch on Wednesday that he hoped to be available when his team get the tournament underway against Italy in Cardiff on February 1.

Jan 22, 2014

Rugby-Warburton eyes return as Wales seek Six Nations landmark

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Captain Sam Warburton, who has not played rugby since suffering a shoulder injury in November, hopes to be fit to lead Wales’s defence of the Six Nations championship when they will be seeking an unprecedented third successive outright win.

Warburton suffered the nerve damage in their 30-26 defeat by Australia but said at the tournament’s official launch on Wednesday that he hoped to be available when his team get the tournament underway against Italy in Cardiff on Feb. 1.

Dec 23, 2013

High-flying Everton eye unbeaten home year

LONDON (Reuters) – Goodison Park is undoubtedly “home sweet home” for the Toffees at the moment as Everton are two matches away from completing a remarkable calendar year unbeaten at their own ground in the Premier League.

Everton’s last home league defeat was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on December 30 2012, and that was their first in 14 games.

Dec 23, 2013

Soccer-High-flying Everton eye unbeaten home year

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Goodison Park is undoubtedly “home sweet home” for the Toffees at the moment as Everton are two matches away from completing a remarkable calendar year unbeaten at their own ground in the Premier League.

Everton’s last home league defeat was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Dec. 30 2012, and that was their first in 14 games.

Dec 17, 2013

Brilliant All Blacks reach new heights

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s “perfect year” will forever be associated with their breathtaking comeback win in Dublin but the true measure of their quality was cemented six weeks earlier by their stunning triumph at the heart of South African rugby.

The remarkable last-move-of-the-season try and subsequent conversion to beat Ireland made it 14 wins out of 14 – the first time a clean sweep has been achieved since the game turned professional in 1995.

Dec 17, 2013

Rugby-Brilliant All Blacks reach new heights

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s “perfect year” will forever be associated with their breathtaking comeback win in Dublin but the true measure of their quality was cemented six weeks earlier by their stunning triumph at the heart of South African rugby.

The remarkable last-move-of-the-season try and subsequent conversion to beat Ireland made it 14 wins out of 14 – the first time a clean sweep has been achieved since the game turned professional in 1995.

Dec 16, 2013

Spurs sack Villas-Boas after home humiliation

LONDON (Reuters) – Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Monday as two Premier League thrashings in three weeks exposed the side’s frailties despite a transfer outlay of over 100 million pounds during the summer.

Spurs were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool in front of their own fans on Sunday, having been thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City last month, and the club announced the Portuguese coach’s departure “by mutual consent” in a statement on their website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Spurs sack Villas-Boas after home humiliation

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Monday as two Premier League thrashings in three weeks exposed the side’s frailties despite a transfer outlay of over 100 million pounds during the summer.

Spurs were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool in front of their own fans on Sunday, having been thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City last month, and the club announced the Portuguese coach’s departure “by mutual consent” in a statement on their website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).

Dec 5, 2013

No U-turn as English clubs shun Heineken Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – English clubs are set for at least one season without any European rugby after they confirmed their refusal to take part in a revamped Heineken Cup next season, despite last week’s decision by their French counterparts to return to the fold.

The chairmen of the 12 Premiership clubs, as well as representatives from Leeds and Bristol, met in London on Thursday.

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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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