Ruck and Maul: King's in line to join the house of Lancaster after Farrell stays put

 

Thursday's announcement by Saracens that head coach Andy Farrell would be staying with the club rather than joining England fitted the former Wigan rugby leaguer's words at Twickenham immediately after last month's match against Ireland at the conclusion of his temporary secondment to the national side.

"I've got a good contract [at Saracens]," he had said. "I love my job." The club say there was no significant contact from England after that, which hardly speaks of an employer desperate to tie a prospective employee down.

Whatever Farrell's merits, England are left with a head coach and forwards coach in Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree respectively, six weeks before they play the Barbarians and fly to South Africa.

One name in the rumour mill is Alex King, the former Wasps and England fly-half who has been at Clermont Auvergne since 2007. King is in charge of the Massif Central club's Espoirs, the academy side who have been champions of France for the past two years and are favoured to make it a hat-trick. He looks after the first team's kickers and assists the backs coach Franck Azéma, with both answering to head coach Vern Cotter.

Interestingly, King was tipped by Leon Holden as a possible coach of Wasps when Holden left that role last year, but that was at a time when Wasps' fluid position regarding the playing budget and where they would play may have made them an unattractive proposition compared with rich, stable Clermont.

Medal hopes for Paralympians

Sevens will join the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016, but wheelchair rugby is in the 2012 Paralympics and Great Britain are taking part in a test event at London's new Olympic Park basketball arena this Wednesday and Thursday.

The team, ranked sixth in the world, are facing Australia, Sweden and Canada, and Andy Barrow, who captained Team GB to fourth place in Beijing in 2008, said: "The fact that we are able to have a test event, albeit slightly scaled down from the actual Paralympic event, is a massive leg-up for all the teams, to see what the playing environment will be like. We weren't able to do that in Athens or Beijing, so it shows London is head and shoulders above the last two Games. We think we'll be able to advance to the semi-finals. Then we have two shots at a medal."

Tindall is up for grabs

Mike Tindall has not given up hope of playing for England despite being fined £15,000 for his behaviour at the World Cup and dropped from the elite player squad. The Gloucester centre has turned down a new one-year deal offered by his club – the same term as the 33-year-old's last contract extension but on reduced pay after his England omission cost the Kingsholm side around £100,000 in compensation from Twickenham – but has no intention of retiring from playing.

Whoever emerge as Championship winners in May and fulfil the criteria for promotion to the Premiership would be a popular destination for out-of-contract waifs and strays. Bristol go to Pool A leaders London Welsh today.

Leaving Ireland at the double

Ulster and Munster, the winners and losers respectively from their Heineken Cup quarter-final, will both appoint new head coaches at the end of the season. Munster's Tony McGahan is returning to Australia while Brian McLaughlin of Ulster, who face Edinburgh in Dublin on 28 April, will be redeployed in charge of the province's academy, even if he wins the Heineken Cup.

European Rugby Cup are flogging four tickets for £80 in a bid to fill the Twickenham Stoop for the Amlin Challenge Cup final on Friday 18 May after defeats for Wasps, Harlequins, Scarlets and Exeter left France's Toulon, Stade Français, Biarritz and Brive to contest the semi-finals.

hughgodwin@yahoo.co.uk

VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Arts & Entertainment
Homer meets Lego Marge in the 25th anniversary episode of The Simpsons, set to air on 4 May
tv
Arts & Entertainment
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway
theatreReview: Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre
Life & Style
Infant child breast-feeding with eyes closed
healthTo stop mummy having any more babies, according to scientists
News
news
Life & Style
Going down: Google's ambition to build an elevator into space isn't likely to be fulfilled any time soon
techTechnology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Arts & Entertainment
film
Sport
Vito Mannone fails to keep out Samir Nasri's late strike
sportMan City 2 Sunderland 2: Goalkeeping howler allows Man City to scrap a draw – but Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose
News
David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year
news
Life & Style
From long to Jong: Guy Pewsey gets the North Korean leader's look
fashionThe Independent heads to an Ealing hairdressers to try out the North Korean dictator's trademark do
Extras
indybest10 best smartphones
Arts & Entertainment
tvCreator Vince Gilligan sheds light on alternate endings
Life & Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 63rd anniversary of the Peak District National Park
tech
News
Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, performing at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival in Newport
people
Life & Style
Michael Acton Smith founded Firebox straight out of university before creating Moshi Monsters
techHe started out selling silliness with online retailer Firebox, before launching virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal