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Mar 30, 2012

Rugby-Early Lancaster test as another England player banned

March 30 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster’s first full day as
permanent England coach will throw up a swift test of his
man-management skills, after a young member of his squad was
handed an eight-month ban for breaking an opponent’s arm.

His reputation as a strict disciplinarian, and ability to
deliver fair judgement, will come into sharp focus after
Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark was hit with the 32-week
penalty on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2011

Anelka signing a milestone for Chinese soccer

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – He has felt the fury of a Bosphoros battle and the passion of a north London derby, but little in Nicolas Anelka’s travels will have prepared him for his groundbreaking move to Chinese soccer.

The Frenchman will become the biggest name to ply his trade in the world’s most populous nation when he takes up his new post as striker for Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Dec 12, 2011

Soccer-Anelka signing a milestone for Chinese soccer

Dec 12 (Reuters) – He has felt the fury of a Bosphoros
battle and the passion of a north London derby, but little in
Nicolas Anelka’s travels will have prepared him for his
groundbreaking move to Chinese soccer.

The Frenchman will become the biggest name to ply his trade
in the world’s most populous nation when he takes up his new
post as striker for Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Dec 1, 2011

History shows Man Utd’s slip not so surprising

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – While Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was left to offer abject apologies, and home fans shook their heads, a flick through soccer’s record books perhaps helped illustrate why the English giants’ loss to lower-tier Crystal Palace in the League Cup should have come as no great surprise.

Humbled 2-1 at home by second-tier Palace on Wednesday night, United’s loss simply compounded a staggering record against lowly opponents for England’s most dominant club.

Dec 1, 2011

History shows Manchester United slip not so surprising

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – While Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was left to offer abject apologies, and home fans shook their heads, a flick through football’s record books perhaps helped illustrate why the English giants’ loss to lower-tier Crystal Palace in the League Cup should have come as no great surprise.

Humbled 2-1 at home by second-tier Palace on Wednesday night, United’s loss simply compounded a staggering record against lowly opponents for England’s most dominant club.

Nov 29, 2011

Tindall’s exoneration underlines chaos at RFU

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – Mike Tindall’s partial exoneration and restoration to English rugby’s elite player squad will allow the 2003 World Cup winner a more dignified exit from the international set-up, but it does little to banish the image of a governing body in disarray.

Tindall was booted out of the squad and fined 25,000 pounds ($38,900) earlier this month for his antics on a night out in the New Zealand resort town of Queensland during England’s dismal World Cup campaign.

Nov 29, 2011

Rugby-Tindall’s exoneration underlines chaos at RFU

Nov 29 (Reuters) – Mike Tindall’s partial exoneration
and restoration to English rugby’s elite player squad will allow
the 2003 World Cup winner a more dignified exit from the
international set-up, but it does little to banish the image of
a governing body in disarray.

Tindall was booted out of the squad and fined 25,000 pounds
($38,900) earlier this month for his antics on a night out in
the New Zealand resort town of Queensland during England’s
dismal World Cup campaign.

Nov 24, 2011

No permanent damage to England’s bruised brand

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – The shrapnel from English rugby’s explosive self-destruction still has some time to settle, but no permanent damage has been done to the national team’s image, a sponsorship expert told Reuters on Thursday.

Lurid headlines this week littered the media after a leaked confidential report into England’s World Cup debacle was published by The Times newspaper.

Nov 24, 2011

Rugby-No permanent damage to England’s bruised brand

Nov 24 (Reuters) – The shrapnel from English rugby’s
explosive self-destruction still has some time to settle, but no
permanent damage has been done to the national team’s image, a
sponsorship expert told Reuters on Thursday.

Lurid headlines this week littered the British media after a
leaked confidential report into England’s World Cup debacle was
published by The Times newspaper.

Nov 23, 2011

Leaked report paints picture of shambolic England

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – Leaked reports into England’s rugby World Cup debacle paint a picture of a squad in meltdown and expose schisms and leadership failings greater than even their dismal performance had suggested.

A trio of reviews by the Rugby Football Union’s director of elite rugby Rob Andrew; the players’ union; and professional clubs, had not been intended to be seen by the public, but were obtained by the Times newspaper.

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