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Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Sexton shines as Ireland dismantle Canada

CARDIFF, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Flyhalf Jonny Sexton gave a masterclass in game management as Ireland asserted their Rugby World Cup title credentials with a thumping 50-7 bonus point victory over Canada in their Pool D opener on Saturday.

The Six Nations champions dominated the set piece, looked slick and creative in the backline and ran in seven tries under the closed roof at the Millennium Stadium.

Sep 19, 2015

Ireland out to hit the ground running against Canada

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Ireland need to hit the ground running in their Pool D opener against Canada on Saturday to reassert their claim as genuine Rugby World Cup contenders after an underwhelming warm-up campaign.

The Six Nations champions, recently ranked second in the world behind New Zealand, will be looking for nothing less than a comprehensive bonus point victory at the Millennium Stadium.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Ireland out to hit the ground running against Canada

CARDIFF, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Ireland need to hit the ground running in their Pool D opener against Canada on Saturday to reassert their claim as genuine Rugby World Cup contenders after an underwhelming warm-up campaign.

The Six Nations champions, recently ranked second in the world behind New Zealand, will be looking for nothing less than a comprehensive bonus point victory at the Millennium Stadium.

Sep 18, 2015

Vintage Canadian throwback Cudmore plots Ireland upset

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Jamie Cudmore has been described as a custodian of rugby’s traditional values and the abrasive Canadian second row is planning a good old-fashioned upset over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

The Clermont lock, playing in his fourth World Cup at the age of 37, will captain his country in a Pool D clash at the Millennium Stadium that few give Canada any chance of winning.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Vintage Canadian throwback Cudmore plots Ireland upset

CARDIFF, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Jamie Cudmore has been described as a custodian of rugby’s traditional values and the abrasive Canadian second row is planning a good old-fashioned upset over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

The Clermont lock, playing in his fourth World Cup at the age of 37, will captain his country in a Pool D clash at the Millennium Stadium that few give Canada any chance of winning.

Sep 18, 2015

Irish aiming to step up in defence in Cardiff opener

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Ireland will be looking for a significant improvement in their defensive effort when they open their Rugby World Cup campaign against Canada in Cardiff this weekend, assistant coach Les Kiss said on Friday.

After miserly defence helped Ireland to this year’s Six Nations title, they have been less impressive during an underwhelming World Cup warm-up campaign, conceding nine tries and 80 points in losing two of four matches.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Irish aiming to step up in defence in Cardiff opener

CARDIFF, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ireland will be looking for a significant improvement in their defensive effort when they open their Rugby World Cup campaign against Canada in Cardiff this weekend, assistant coach Les Kiss said on Friday.

After miserly defence helped Ireland to this year’s Six Nations title, they have been less impressive during an underwhelming World Cup warm-up campaign, conceding nine tries and 80 points in losing two of four matches.

Sep 11, 2015

Rugby-Penalty goal a dying art in Australia’s NRC try-fest

SYDNEY, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Any bleary-eyed Australian rugby fans weary of watching low-scoring World Cup matches in the small hours over the next two months can be assured of satisfying any craving for tries in the helter-skelter domestic National Rugby Championship (NRC).

While the penalty kick is certain to decide more than one match, and perhaps even the title, when the leading rugby nations face off in Britain from next Friday, it has been rendered all but obsolete in the second season of the NRC.

Sep 10, 2015

Rugby-Freakish Folau set to make impression at maiden World Cup

SYDNEY, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Israel Folau has always made a big first impression and only the foolhardy would bet against him doing so again later this month when he makes his Rugby World Cup debut for Australia.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has chopped and changed his starting side this year but there is little doubt Folau will occupy Australia’s number 15 shirt against Fiji on Sept. 23.

Sep 9, 2015

Australia’s Haddin calls time on career

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin announced his retirement from cricket on Wednesday, following Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers in stepping down in the wake of the Ashes series defeat.

The pugnacious 37-year-old, who retired from one day cricket after Australia’s World Cup triumph earlier this year, kept wickets in 66 tests, scoring 3,266 runs at an average of 32.98 and taking 262 catches with eight stumpings.

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