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Nov 8, 2014

Hansen’s big moan about big screens

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has blasted the growing involvement of TV producers on rugby, saying the replays shown on stadium big screens are starting to influence matches.

The All Blacks beat England 24-21 at Twickenham on Saturday in a game that featured several incidents referred to the television match official (TMO), including at least one that was referred only after the home crowd’s outraged reaction to a big-screen replay alerted referee Nigel Owens to the incident.

Nov 8, 2014

Rugby-Hansen’s big moan about big screens

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has blasted the growing involvement of TV producers on rugby, saying the replays shown on stadium big screens are starting to influence matches.

The All Blacks beat England 24-21 at Twickenham on Saturday in a game that featured several incidents referred to the television match official (TMO), including at least one that was referred only after the home crowd’s outraged reaction to a big-screen replay alerted referee Nigel Owens to the incident.

Nov 8, 2014

Promising England, clinical All Blacks live up to their billing

LONDON (Reuters) – Billed as a key form pointer ahead of next year’s World Cup, Saturday’s Twickenham test merely underlined the consensus that England have the potential to win the tournament but New Zealand are strong favourites to retain their title.

Sports coaches are forever seeking the positives from defeat but in Stuart Lancaster’s case there was plenty to enjoy, albeit crammed into the first half which England won 14-11 before the world champions assumed total control to get the only victory that mattered, the 24-21 result.

Nov 8, 2014

Streetwise New Zealand grind out victory over England

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand showed all their class and experience to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas.

England, playing their first game since losing to the All Blacks in June, led 14-11 at the break after a scintillating Jonny May try but came to rue missed opportunities in a one-sided second half.

Nov 8, 2014

Rugby-Streetwise New Zealand grind out victory over England

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New Zealand showed all their class and experience to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas.

England, playing their first game since losing to the All Blacks in June, led 14-11 at the break after a scintillating Jonny May try but came to rue missed opportunities in a one-sided second half.

Oct 30, 2014

Eto’o can help Lukaku bloom, says Everton hero Latchford

LONDON (Reuters) – Bob Latchford, one of the most popular players ever to don the blue shirt of Everton, says the arrival of Samuel Eto’o at the club will help turn Romelu Lukaku into a worthy centre forward successor.

Particularly deadly in the air, Latchford scored 138 goals in 289 appearances for the Toffees from 1974 to 1981, also winning 12 England caps, and takes a keen interest in his former club.

Oct 30, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o can help Lukaku bloom, says Everton hero Latchford

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Bob Latchford, one of the most popular players ever to don the blue shirt of Everton, says the arrival of Samuel Eto’o at the club will help turn Romelu Lukaku into a worthy centre forward successor.

Particularly deadly in the air, Latchford scored 138 goals in 289 appearances for the Toffees from 1974 to 1981, also winning 12 England caps, and takes a keen interest in his former club.

Oct 23, 2014

Rowntree purring as England’s pack settles down

LONDON (Reuters) – As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

There could be some fresh, if gnarled, faces lining up in the front row against New Zealand on Nov. 8, while the identity of the wings and centres remains anyone’s guess.

Oct 23, 2014

Rugby-Rowntree purring as England’s pack settles down

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

There could be some fresh, if gnarled, faces lining up in the front row against New Zealand on Nov. 8, while the identity of the wings and centres remains anyone’s guess.

Oct 22, 2014

Twickenham ready to salute Rokoduguni

LONDON (Reuters) – English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU’s marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Samesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

But anyone thinking that Fijian Lance Corporal Rokoduguni of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is some sort of symbolic selection has obviously not been paying much attention to the Premiership over the last year or so.

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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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