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Danny Cipriani wept when he informed his Super 15 clubmates in Melbourne that he would be leaving town ahead of schedule and returning to England to start preparing for the resurrection of his international career.
Determined Cumbrian was seen as an outsider for job but he has long been developing his teaching credentials
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Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder has joined former New Zealand assistant Wayne Smith in ruling himself out of contention to be the next permanent England head coach.
Full-time England coach set to be named before Six Nations ends
Scrum coach is losing sleep over Murrayfield clash but he's excited by the new charges in his pack
Tait 'having a break' as South African takes helm with ex-England defence coach Ford at his side
End of the road for Tindall and Co after England caretaker coach calls up exciting and energised young guns, writes Chris Hewett
English rugby is divided into two camps: those who consider Jonny Wilkinson to be the best player ever to pull on the white jersey – pretty much the only player worth watching, in fact – and those more realistic souls who decided long ago that the outside-half was not quite the genius his many thousands of supporters made him out to be. There is no disputing this much, however: no individual ever gave more of himself to, or prepared more thoroughly for, life in the international arena.
England's new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted his first job will be to "get the culture right" in the wake of the World Cup fiasco.
Rob Andrew is to be appointed as the Rugby Football Union's professional rugby director following today's meeting of the Professional Game Board.
These are startling times for everyone involved in rugby, but few people have been as flabbergasted in recent weeks as Brian Ashton, the former England coach who currently spends his on-field time in Lancashire, working with the National Division One club Fylde.
He may have more job titles than friends but Rob Andrew was not at fault for the World Cup shambles
Lewis Moody today admitted he made mistakes as England captain during the World Cup but insisted he never put commercial gain before his rugby.
Graham Henry was not at his most waspish – why would he have been, after guiding New Zealand to the world title, landing an 18kg kingfish all on his own in the Bay of Islands and spending some quality time living the high life in Paris? – but there was enough of a sting about the celebrated coach when it was suggested he might like to take on the vacant England job. "I have enough problems," he said, decisively. "I'm still contracted to the New Zealand union, I want to live in New Zealand, I don't have the time or the energy or the desire." It was a "no", unquestionably and unmistakably, although Henry sounded even more dismissive by pronouncing it "nah".
Danny Cipriani is determined to leave England with no option but to select him at fly-half for the 2015 World Cup.