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Oct 1, 2014

Rugby-England underline confidence in coach with 2020 contract

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Rugby Football Union (RFU) underlined its confidence in Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday by awarding England’s head coach a new contract 2020.

Lancaster’s coaching team — forwards coach Graham Rowntree, backs coach Andy Farrell and attacking skills Coach Mike Catt — have also been contracted to the end of the 2019-20 season.

Sep 25, 2014

It all starts at the back, smiles Saint Ronald

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – “Building a house you don’t start up, you start down,” explains Ronald Koeman, with the air of a philosopher imparting great wisdom. “That makes winning teams.”

Recent evidence suggests the art of defence has fallen out of fashion — look at Manchester United, look at Liverpool — but clearly nobody bothered to tell the Southampton manager.

Sep 25, 2014

Soccer-It all starts at the back, smiles Saint Ronald

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – “Building a house you don’t start up, you start down,” explains Ronald Koeman, with the air of a philosopher imparting great wisdom. “That makes winning teams.”

Recent evidence suggests the art of defence has fallen out of fashion — look at Manchester United, look at Liverpool — but clearly nobody bothered to tell the Southampton manager.

Sep 25, 2014

Grounded Saints demand extra training

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – These are exhilarating days on the south coast, but nobody at Southampton has their head in the clouds. Just five matches into the Premier League season, Saints are flying high in second spot. They can also count Arsenal as an early victim in the Capital One (League) Cup.

With all but Chelsea looking up at them, some at the modest club might be forgiven for feeling pleased with themselves, especially given the doom peddled over the summer when a host of leading lights quit for the deeper pockets of bigger clubs. But no hint of arrogance can be detected at their St Mary’s stadium tucked away near the river Itchen. In fact, the players this week demanded manager Ronald Koeman cancel a scheduled rest day so they could attend extra training.

Sep 25, 2014

Soccer-Grounded Saints demand extra training

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – These are exhilarating days on the south coast, but nobody at Southampton has their head in the clouds.

Just five matches into the Premier League season, Saints are flying high in second spot. They can also count Arsenal as an early victim in the Capital One (League) Cup.

Sep 19, 2014

Linguist Lovren looks to plug Liverpool defence

LONDON (Reuters) – Polyglot Dejan Lovren is hoping his grasp of languages can help him swiftly form a solid defensive wall with his new Liverpool team mates.

The Reds’ back four currently consists of Croatian Lovren, Frenchman Mamadou Sakho and two Spaniards in Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-Linguist Lovren looks to plug Liverpool defence

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Polyglot Dejan Lovren is hoping his grasp of languages can help him swiftly form a solid defensive wall with his new Liverpool team mates.

The Reds’ back four currently consists of Croatian Lovren, Frenchman Mamadou Sakho and two Spaniards in Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo.

Sep 19, 2014

Pelle’s big boost after flirtation with Italian squad

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – Southampton’s new powerhouse striker Graziano Pelle has hit the Premier League running and is full of confidence after four goals in five competitive matches propelled him to the fringes of the Italian squad, Saints boss Ronald Koeman told reporters.

Pelle, who has represented Italy at under-21 level but never won a full cap, inched closer to that honour this month when he was included on a “long list” for the Azzurri’s friendly with the Netherlands, and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway earlier this month.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-Pelle’s big boost after flirtation with Italian squad

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Southampton’s new powerhouse striker Graziano Pelle has hit the Premier League running and is full of confidence after four goals in five competitive matches propelled him to the fringes of the Italian squad, Saints boss Ronald Koeman told reporters.

Pelle, who has represented Italy at under-21 level but never won a full cap, inched closer to that honour this month when he was included on a “long list” for the Azzurri’s friendly with the Netherlands, and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway earlier this month.

Sep 18, 2014

Red tape cleared for Saints’ Senegalese striker

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – Southampton’s Senegalese international striker Sadio Mane has finally received his work permit and will arrive in England on Friday, his English club said.

The winger, a signing from Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg in a deadline-day deal worth almost 12 million pounds more than two weeks ago, will not be ready to feature in Southampton’s Premier League clash with Swansea on Saturday, manager Ronald Koeman said.

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