Sport Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

Stuart Lancaster's England could thrash Ireland and France and he still may not get the job

Lancaster has three games to make his case

Full-time England coach set to be named before Six Nations ends

Hansen has tough calls to make as All Blacks coach

New All Blacks coach Steve Hansen yesterday ascended to the job he had publicly coveted for the best part of a year, but he inherits a team in transition and will have tough choices to make as the World Cup winners put the Graham Henry era behind them.

Steve Hansen had been expected to fill the role

Steve Hansen confirmed as new All Blacks coach

New Zealand's worst-kept sporting secret was finally revealed today when Steve Hansen was announced as the new All Blacks head coach.

Jonny Wilkinson is on the bench as he returns to face former club Newcastle

Warm Tyneside welcome for Wilkinson

Newcastle may be bottom of the Premiership and facing another exhausting fight against relegation, but they are far from deflated about the prospects of two world-class players seeking to undermine their comparatively serene European campaign at Kingston Park tonight. Carl Hayman, the long-serving All Black prop, and a bloke by the name of Wilkinson are in the Toulon squad for an intriguing Amlin Challenge Cup pool game, and as both Falcons old boys are revered by rugby-loving Tynesiders – they did, after all, do more than their fair share for the club during their time in the North-east – their every move will be applauded.

Jim Mallinder is the leading home-grown candidate to take over from Martin Johnson as England coach

Doomed from the start: why Johnson was the wrong man

Lack of coaching experience led to a 'prehistoric' regime shorn of creativity necessary for success at top level, writes Chris Hewett

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates Leinster's Heineken Cup victory last May
Nick Easter: 'A massive challenge'

England face daunting 2012 autumn series

England will face Fiji, Australia, South Africa and the world champions New Zealand in the 2012 autumn internationals at Twickenham.

Graham Henry has been linked with a role with the RFU

Graham Henry plays down possible RFU role after standing down as New Zealand coach

Outgoing New Zealand coach Graham Henry has admitted a job in Europe would be "stimulating and challenging," but played down reports linking him with a role at the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The French players advanced towards the All Blacks during the haka

France fined for encroaching on New Zealand haka in World Cup final

France have been fined £2500 for advancing on the New Zealand haka before Sunday's World Cup final, the International Rugby Board have confirmed.

New Zealand All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore (L), Stephen Donald and others celebrate after the 2011 Rugby World Cup final match New Zealand vs France at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on October 23, 2011.

New Zealand win Rugby World Cup

The host team beat France 8-7 to win the rugby World Cup for the first time since 1987.

France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski frustrated by loss

Deflated France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski claimed his side were "playing 15 against 16" in their Rugby World Cup final defeat against New Zealand due to the passionate home support in Auckland.

Triumphant All Black coach tells Red Rose to stick with Johnson

Henry extols benefits of continuity and Hansen says 'experience' was key factor in success. By Chris Hewett in Auckland
New Zealand's Tony Woodcock scores the opening try

All Black belief prevails over French resistance

New Zealand 8 France 7

New Zealand seize the World Cup on home turf to end 24 years of hurt – but only after a thrilling match against an unpredictable French side who finally run out of luck

Tim Hume: The rugby was ugly but victory was beautiful

Recently the living room of our Islington flat has become a far-flung annexe of the "Stadium of Four Million". Shortly before each kick-off, a dozen of the 60,000-odd fellow New Zealanders in the UK have shown up to yell at the television in appreciation of our country's finest export.

Stephen Donald is tackled by France's Aurélien Rougerie yesterday

'Fisherman' Stephen Donald lands the biggest catch of his life

Fourth-choice fly-half cannot match Carter's skills but he kept his cool when it mattered

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