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Sep 5, 2015

Italy old boys under pressure to perform

LONDON (Reuters) – After a player strike, a poor Six Nations and a precipitous fall down the world rankings, Italy’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup could hardly have been more difficult.

That they will also be without first-choice flyhalf Kelly Haimona in Pool D alongside France and Ireland with only the top two qualifying means their hopes of success look slim.

Sep 5, 2015

Rapid Venditti epitomises new Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – With pace and power in abundance, Giovanbattista Venditti can get the crowd on their feet and he is part of a new group of Italian players who are embracing a more expansive game.

At 1.88 metres of solid muscle, the winger is hard to stop when he gets up a head of steam — which is unsurprising given he is the son of a former heavyweight boxer.

Sep 5, 2015

Talisman Parisse looking to upset the odds for Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – Sergio Parisse is a true warrior with some exquisite ability, yet his talismanic influence on Italy is sometimes most apparent when he is not in the team.

When shorn of their captain’s leadership, Italy carry a fraction of the threat they pose when the menacing Parisse is marshalling their ranks.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Rapid Venditti epitomises new Italy

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – With pace and power in abundance, Giovanbattista Venditti can get the crowd on their feet and he is part of a new group of Italian players who are embracing a more expansive game.

At 1.88 metres of solid muscle, the winger is hard to stop when he gets up a head of steam — which is unsurprising given he is the son of a former heavyweight boxer.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Talisman Parisse looking to upset the odds for Italy

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Sergio Parisse is a true warrior with some exquisite ability, yet his talismanic influence on Italy is sometimes most apparent when he is not in the team.

When shorn of their captain’s leadership, Italy carry a fraction of the threat they pose when the menacing Parisse is marshalling their ranks.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Italy old boys under pressure to perform

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – After a player strike, a poor Six Nations and a precipitous fall down the world rankings, Italy’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup could hardly have been more difficult.

That they will also be without first-choice flyhalf Kelly Haimona in Pool D alongside France and Ireland with only the top two qualifying means their hopes of success look slim.

Sep 1, 2015

West Brom’s Berahino angry as dream move joins failed deals

LONDON (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino has suggested he will never play for the club again after failing to secure a last-minute transfer to Tottenham Hotspur as several players did not get the moves they wanted on a frenetic deadline day.

England under-21 striker Berahino was the subject of four failed bids from the London club and reacted angrily on Twitter, saying he would not play for the Midlands outfit again under chairman Jeremy Peace.

Sep 1, 2015

Soccer-West Brom’s Berahino angry as dream move joins failed deals

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino has suggested he will never play for the club again after failing to secure a last-minute transfer to Tottenham Hotspur as several players did not get the moves they wanted on a frenetic deadline day.

England under-21 striker Berahino was the subject of four failed bids from the London club and reacted angrily on Twitter, saying he would not play for the Midlands outfit again under chairman Jeremy Peace.

Sep 1, 2015

Man City flex muscles as English clubs break spending record

LONDON (Reuters) – There was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the Premier League brought the curtain down on another bumper European transfer window in which Manchester City again flexed their financial muscle as the continent’s top spenders.

With Europe’s other major countries closing for transfer business on Monday, the English top flight hogged the limelight for an extra day, with City’s rivals Manchester United completing the biggest and most eyebrow-raising late deal.

Sep 1, 2015

Soccer-Man City flex muscles as English clubs break spending record

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – There was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the Premier League brought the curtain down on another bumper European transfer window in which Manchester City again flexed their financial muscle as the continent’s top spenders.

With Europe’s other major countries closing for transfer business on Monday, the English top flight hogged the limelight for an extra day, with City’s rivals Manchester United completing the biggest and most eyebrow-raising late deal.