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Oct 1, 2015

England must beat Australia to avoid early exit

CARDIFF (Reuters) – The Pool A maths are complicated and the permutations many, but hosts England go into Saturday’s showdown with Australia knowing defeat means an exit from the Rugby World Cup in the opening round for the first time.

A week after their shock 28-25 defeat to Wales stopped their campaign in its tracks, the hosts must rouse themselves for yet another high pressure encounter at Twickenham.

Oct 1, 2015

Rugby-England must beat Australia to avoid early exit

CARDIFF, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Pool A maths are complicated and the permutations many, but hosts England go into Saturday’s showdown with Australia knowing defeat means an exit from the Rugby World Cup in the opening round for the first time.

A week after their shock 28-25 defeat to Wales stopped their campaign in its tracks, the hosts must rouse themselves for yet another high pressure encounter at Twickenham.

Oct 1, 2015

Tired Wales march on after holding off feisty Fiji

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales made heavier work of it than they would have liked but prevailed 23-13 in an entertaining and sometimes breathless Pool A clash against Fiji on Thursday to move to the brink of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Despite a crippling casualty list and being drawn in the toughest pool in the history of the tournament, the Welsh will head to their final Pool A match against Australia next weekend with three wins out of three.

Oct 1, 2015

Rugby-Tired Wales march on after holding off feisty Fiji

CARDIFF, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Wales made heavier work of it than they would have liked but prevailed 23-13 in an entertaining and sometimes breathless Pool A clash against Fiji on Thursday to move to the brink of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Despite a crippling casualty list and being drawn in the toughest pool in the history of the tournament, the Welsh will head to their final Pool A match against Australia next weekend with three wins out of three.

Sep 29, 2015

Australia build forward threat by rolling the maul

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – If there was one area of the game England thought they would have to be particularly wary of when they were drawn in the same Rugby World Cup pool as Australia, it was probably not the rolling maul.

While world-class Wallabies backs are always expected, a tactic that requires a rock-solid lineout and a powerful forward drive is not the sort of attacking threat Australia have offered for a good few years.

Sep 29, 2015

Rugby-Australia build forward threat by rolling the maul

Sept 29 (Reuters) – If there was one area of the game England thought they would have to be particularly wary of when they were drawn in the same Rugby World Cup pool as Australia, it was probably not the rolling maul.

While world-class Wallabies backs are always expected, a tactic that requires a rock-solid lineout and a powerful forward drive is not the sort of attacking threat Australia have offered for a good few years.

Sep 29, 2015

Injury-ravaged Wales need to lift again for Fiji

CARDIFF (Reuters) – A patched-up Wales will need to summon up a second big performance in five days on Thursday against a Fiji team that have proved they are no Pool A pushovers if they are to ensure their win over England was no pyrrhic victory.

Warren Gatland’s side are already assured of a place in the pantheon of Welsh rugby after last Saturday’s Twickenham heroics but a spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals could still evade them if they fail to beat the Pacific Islanders.

Sep 29, 2015

Rugby-Injury-ravaged Wales need to lift again for Fiji

CARDIFF, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A patched-up Wales will need to summon up a second big performance in five days on Thursday against a Fiji team that have proved they are no Pool A pushovers if they are to ensure their win over England was no pyrrhic victory.

Warren Gatland’s side are already assured of a place in the pantheon of Welsh rugby after last Saturday’s Twickenham heroics but a spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals could still evade them if they fail to beat the Pacific Islanders.

Sep 27, 2015

Rugby-Forget Pool A calculations, Australia want to win every game

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Australia are not looking to scrape into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals courtesy of bonus points or try differentials and are aiming to win every one of their Pool A matches, coach Michael Cheika said on Sunday.

The Wallabies got half the job done by following up their opening victory over Fiji with a 65-3 thumping of Uruguay at Villa Park on Sunday but encounters with England next Saturday and Wales the following weekend lie ahead.

Sep 27, 2015

Australia’s second string crush Uruguay

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – A second-string Australia ran in 11 tries to hammer Uruguay 65-3 at Villa Park on Sunday and ease to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool A ahead of their crunch encounters with England and Wales.

The twice former champions, who opened their campaign with a 25-13 victory over Fiji on Wednesday, made hay in the bright Birmingham sunshine to score five tries before halftime and secure the bonus point.

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