Rugby-Rugby Australia call news conference as Castle set to be new boss

Rugby-Rugby Australia call news conference as Castle set to be new boss

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Former New Zealand Netball chief executive Raelene Castle is expected to be named as Rugby Australia’s first female boss later on Tuesday at a news conference. Local media reported that Castle, who left the Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of the National Rugby League season, had pipped former Wallaby captain Phil Kearns for the role. Rugby Australia called a news conference for 1 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) to make the announcement of their new chief executive to replace Bill Pulver, who said in August…

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Valverde's Barcelona proving dull but effective

Valverde's Barcelona proving dull but effective

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona ground out a 2-0 victory over Villarreal on Sunday to go five points clear at the top of La Liga, continuing their excellent start to the season. Soccer Football – Champions League – FC Barcelona Training – Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Barcelona, Spain – December 4, 2017 Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during training REUTERS/Sergio Perez – RC1F13AE6890 On paper it has been business as usual for a Barcelona side accustomed to success, but Ernesto Valverde’s team play a very different style of football to that of…

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Has Mourinho lost battle with Guardiola?

Has Mourinho lost battle with Guardiola?

Sunday’s 2-1 victory gave Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City an 11-point lead over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at the top of the Premier League tableManchester United manager Jose Mourinho went through his full range of brave faces as he looked at Manchester City disappearing into the distance at Old Trafford. City’s 2-1 win in the derby on Sunday, more convincing than that scoreline suggests, means they are now 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after ending United and Mourinho’s 40-game unbeaten run at home. Mourinho, understandably, said…

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UPDATE 4-Rugby-European Rugby Challenge Cup group stage results and standings

UPDATE 4-Rugby-European Rugby Challenge Cup group stage results and standings

Dec 9 (Gracenote) – Results and standings from the European Rugby Challenge Cup Group Stage matches on Saturday RESULTS Zebre 26 Gloucester Rugby 33 Pool 3 Sale Sharks 24 Cardiff Blues 0 Pool 2 Worcester Warriors 35 Oyonnax 14 Pool 5 Newcastle Falcons 52 Bordeaux-Begles 24 Pool 1 Edinburgh Rugby 50 London Irish 20 Pool 4 Brive 31 Connacht 38 Pool 5 STANDINGS P W D F A B Pts Pool 1 1. Newcastle Falcons 3 3 0 105 71 2 14 2. Dragons 3 2 0 70 53 2…

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Guardiola reveals his time of doubts over tactics

Guardiola reveals his time of doubts over tactics

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s commitment to possession football is well established but ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Manchester United, the former Barcelona coach revealed he had once doubted his philosophy – but only for 48 hours. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – Champions League – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City – Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine – December 6, 2017 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko The Spaniard’s zeal for passing and possession with intelligent use of space is almost ideological but he said…

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