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England Assistant Coach Andy Farrell

Saracens in talks with RFU after approach for Andy Farrell

England's 2012 RBS 6 Nations coaching team could be reunited in full-time roles during the next few days.

Stuart Lancaster becomes permanent England coach

Stuart Lancaster confirmed as permanent England coach

Stuart Lancaster described his appointment as England head coach as "an honour and a privilege" as he spelt out what he feels is needed for the team to claim World Cup glory on home soil in 2015.

Darren Fletcher will take an extended break from the game

Fletcher hopes to come back to United

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is optimistic of a comeback from a chronic bowel condition next season. Fletcher has not played since November as a result of a condition known as ulcerative colitis.

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Wales players celebrate after defeating France 16-9 and clinching their third Grand Slam in eight years. The win avenged their World Cup semi-final defeat to the French five months ago and made Gatland the first southern hemisphere coach to win more than one Grand Slam.

Final member of coaching team commits to Wales

The Welsh Rugby Union have tied up all of their Grand Slam-winning coaching team to long-term contracts after forwards coach Robin McBryde signed a deal though to the 2015 World Cup.

England coach Stuart Lancaster celebrates victory over Ireland with Ben Morgan

Stuart Lancaster says he has qualities to be England coach

Stuart Lancaster believes he has all the qualities the Rugby Football Union will be looking for in the new England head coach - his next job is to convince them.

Leigh Halfpenny (Wales): Better than he should be dealing with the high ball, the vertically challenged converted wing proved himself an attacking livewire in broken field and a dependable marksman under pressure

Merv's legacy appears to be safe in hands of Lydiate and Halfpenny

The Welsh Grand Slammers may not have turned the valley skies into the most luxuriant crimson but who could not be warmed by the glow of their achievement, by the sense that they had been faithful to the ultimate demand made by all true professionals?

Dan Lydiate is on his knees – but his towering performance for Wales
helped put the French on theirs in Cardiff

James Lawton: Merv the Swerve's legacy appears safe in the hands of Lydiate and Halfpenny

They understand what they have to do to become strong in the international game

Stuart Lancaster supervises training at Pennyhill Park yesterday

Lancaster keeps his head over coaching role

Stuart Lancaster left the England hotel late on Tuesday, drove to Leeds, took the kids to school the next morning and drove all the way back again to continue preparations for the Six Nations match against Ireland. "It was the first time I'd been outside the 'bubble' for a while and the first I'd heard of some of the things being said," the caretaker coach said. "It's nice to have the praise, but it's really not about me."

Stuart Lancaster supervises training at Pennyhill Park yesterday

Lancaster sidesteps coaching issue with class and humour

England caretaker tries to put focus on Ireland match despite the uncertainty of his future

<b>Rob Kearney: </b> Fantastic performance from the Leinster full-back, outlining his world class credentials. Took a number of incredible catches, kicked well and ran well with the ball and caused trouble for the French defence. 8

Ireland inspired by England rivalry says Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney insists Ireland will feed off their enduring rivalry with England when they clash in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown at Twickenham.

Andy Farrell, the England backs coach, talks to the press yesterday

Farrell tempted to prolong 'brilliant' England venture

Andy Farrell says he is not thinking about life on the international circuit after the Six Nations Championship. "My remit has always been to work with England for the duration of this tournament and I have a very good job with Saracens that I enjoy doing," the great rugby league player and fast-developing union coach commented yesterday. "The future is irrelevant right now and none of us need distractions with a game against France coming up. These are long hours and long days: it's 24/7 and there are things that need doing."

England Assistant Coach Andy Farrell

Brian Ashton: The Farrells can unlock England's imagination

Tackling The Issues

The Welsh lineout can be targeted
Graham Henry: 'No, I do not want the England job'

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry takes Olympics role

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry will apply his Rugby World Cup-winning experience to New Zealand's quest for a gold medals at the London Olympics.

Lee Clark

Lee Clark sacked by Huddersfield Town

Lee Clark and his coaching staff have been sacked by Huddersfield after just over three years at the club.

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