Robbie Deans’ failure to lead Australia to a series win over the British and Irish Lions was last night expected to result in the coach’s sacking. Ewen McKenzie was lined up to be named as Deans’ successor.
Scrum-half shows leadership and invention to outwit the Lions defence
The Lions overran Western Force
Coach doesn't want to lose players for tour due to indiscipline against Western Force
England coach confirms Quins flanker will retain captaincy for upcoming Six Nations campaign
France beaten by New Zealand in 2011 final
Red-rose coach expects hosts to succeed despite being handed horror Pool in 2015
Wales 12 Australia 14
Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.
Bryan Redpath, yet to win a Premiership game as head coach at Sale since making a deeply controversial switch from Gloucester at the end of last season, tacitly admitted yesterday that his role will be diluted if and when John Mitchell, one of the big hitters in world rugby, joins the club on a full-time basis.
Bath have signed Argentina wing Horacio Agulla from Leicester in the belief the benefits of his international commitments will outweigh his lengthy absences.
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.
It will be a baptism of fire for the new England coach with South Africa away but it's all about the bigger picture of a home World Cup in 2015
So now, naturally, English rugby union agonises over whether Stuart Lancaster should have been thanked, patted on his head and sent on his way with his pail of water and cleaning utensils.
Wales 16 France 9