Sport by Press Association 04/03/2019, 7:05 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Nikita Parris believes winning the SheBelieves Cup would be the perfect start to England Women’s World Cup year. Phil Neville’s side can secure victory in the four-team tournament in the United States by beating Japan in their final game in Tampa on Tuesday. England go into the match – a winner-takes-all encounter – level with Japan at the top of the standings after seeing off Brazil in their opener and a 2-2 draw with USA. Should the result be a draw, England would finish below Japan on goal difference and USA could nip in to win the tournament if they beat Brazil by three clear goals. Manchester City striker Parris told www.thefa.com: “This is the best preparation we could possibly have. It’s like we’re getting to experience a mini-World Cup before the main event kicks off. “Our aim is to win the tournament because … [Read more...] about SheBelieves Cup win would be perfect preparation for World Cup – Parris
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You can look at tonight’s Test between Ireland and Italy any way you like but do not tell Joe Schmidt and his team this is anything but an important moment in their careers as a World Cup looms large just 10 months from now.Another detour to Chicago, two years on from a history-making day against the All Blacks, ahead of the Guinness Series on home soil has been described in some quarters as a money spinner and a contractual obligation. The profile of both teams, led by Schmidt and Conor O’Shea, is light on international experience, in terms of cap numbers at least.Yet Ireland head coach Schmidt takes issue with all of that. He has left the likes of Grand Slam-winning leaders Rory Best, Peter O’Mahony and World Player of the Year nominee Johnny Sexton, at home ahead of the Aviva Stadium appointments with Argentina and New Zealand and has instead picked a young matchday squad captained by Rhys Ruddock with only one player, loosehead prop Jack McGrath, who has more … [Read more...] about Ireland’s Chicago clash against Italy triggers World Cup countdown
The United Kingdom Overwatch team has pulled off one of the greatest upsets in esports history after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over the United States in the Overwatch World Cup quarter-final. The US team was heavily favoured going into the match-up and was considered the greatest threat to reigning champions South Korea. The game seemed to be going to form, as a boisterous BlizzCon crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center saw the home team sail into a 1-0 lead on the Ilios map. But a disciplined UK side, which features only two players competing in the top-tier Overwatch League, drew level on King's Row before taking the lead with a fiercely contested point on Volskaya. An increasingly flustered US team, packed full of Overwatch League talent, had no answer to the aggressive attack of the Reinhardt controlled by Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth as the UK dominated on Route 66. Bosworth is one of several UK Overwatch players currently playing for the British Hurricanes, … [Read more...] about Team UK reach semi-final of Overwatch World Cup after shock win over USA
By Tom English BBC Scotland 2 Nov From the section Scottish Rugby Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46076649 Read more about sharing. Wales v ScotlandVenue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 3 November Kick-off: 14:45 GMTCoverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website and app. Live text on BBC Sport websiteBefore the howitzer defeat to the USA in June, Gregor Townsend was asked if he'd ever attempted, in a quiet moment, to pick a 31-man squad for the World Cup. The Scotland head coach smiled and said he had done it a number of times. He said he had multiple versions of the chosen ones. Players come in and players go out on a monthly basis, he pointed out. It was all a bit of fun.The World Cup seemed like a distant dot on … [Read more...] about Scotland’s autumn Tests signal start of scramble for World Cup places
31 Oct From the section Rugby Union Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46030812 Read more about sharing. Autumn internationals Live coverage, highlights, build-up and analysis on BBC Sport television, radio and onlineFull coverage detailsJust "sparring". That is how Eddie Jones characterised the autumn internationals this month, claiming his England team would use the matches as warm-up for next September's World Cup.In reality, it is the last time that the two hemispheres' superpowers come together before Japan - the final chance to compare, contrast and inflict psychological damage in preparation for the big one.What shape are England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in? Where are the areas of concern for the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies? BBC Sport spoke to the men on the ground to find … [Read more...] about Autumn internationals: How are World Cup contenders shaping up?