'He's been a pivotal figure': England teammates praise Rooney after win against USA – video

Wayne Rooney's England teammates were full of praise after the forward made his final appearance for 'The Three Lions' during a 3-0 win over the USA. Captain on the night Fabian Delph described Rooney's presence in camp as 'a breathe of fresh air'. England face Croatia on Sunday in the Nations League Continue reading...

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Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested winger at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity. Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20: Big-hitting Mandhana & Kaur help India beat Australia by 48 runs

India beat Australia by 48 runs in their last group game in Guyana to top Group B at the Women's World Twenty20.

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England 35-15 Japan: Eddie Jones' side hold off spirited visitors

England need a second-half fightback to overcome a spirited Japan, with Joe Cokanasiga scoring a debut try.

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Joe Cokanasiga scores debut try to help spare England’s blushes against Japan

• England 35-15 Japan• Home side run in three second-half tries having trailed 15-10Eddie Jones promised his side would smash Japan but England were more toothless than ruthless for the first 50 minutes against resourceful and cunning opponents who revelled in broken play and were durable in contact. There was far less for the hosts to harvest from victory than there had been in defeat to New Zealand the week before, forced to go back to basics against tier two opponents after trailing at the interval. Related: Eddie Jones: ‘In the second half we finally got stuck in – that’s pleasing’ Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Albania 0-4 Scotland: Alex McLeish's side stroll past 10-man Albania in Nations League

Scotland thump 10-man Albania to go level on points with Israel at the top of Nations League Group C1.

17-11-2018



The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand• Ireland see out their second victory over New ZealandBrutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the All Blacks on Irish soil and not a single Kiwi can say it was undeserved. If New Zealand are still officially the world’s best team, it did not particularly feel that way at the final whistle.It made for a legendary Dublin night. New Zealand may have escaped against England at Twickenham but not this time; the world champions were hassled and harried to a virtual standstill by a home team as composed and clinical as they were physical and powerful. A solitary 48th-minute try scored by Jacob Stockdale did not entirely reflect Ireland’s compelling efforts with and without the ball. Continue reading...

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Marika Koroibete double helps off-colour Wallabies to victory in Italy

• Italy 7-26 Australia• Hosts have two tries disallowed with match scorelessAustralia survived an early scare before easing past Italy 26-7 in Padua on Saturday. Italy, chasing their first win against the Wallabies, had two early tries ruled out before Australia broke away with two of their own, one from the late addition Marika Koroibete and one from Taniela Tupou.Mattia Bellini scored a converted try at 21-0 down and the Australia scrum-half Will Genia added barely deserved gloss to the scoreline with a try near full-time. The Wallabies lost to Wales 9-6 last weekend in Cardiff, their eighth defeat in 11 tests, and were hoping for a convincing victory in Padua to get their groove back. Continue reading...

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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Ireland 16-9 New Zealand: Hosts hold nerve to earn first home win over All Blacks

Jacob Stockdale's second-half try helps Ireland earn a first ever home win over New Zealand as they clinch a 16-9 triumph.

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