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Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Stuart Lancaster takes training in South Africa

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England prop Dan Cole is ready to take on the burden of extra responsibility despite still feeling a novice in international terms.

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Andy Farrell (right) and Stuart Lancaster during the Six Nations

Farrell opens door for surprise return to national service

Highly rated coach walks out on Saracens to pave the way for a reunion with the England set-up

Lancaster talks tackle technique to Tuilagi

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Tuilagi has been cleared to play in the three-Test series

Tuilagi cleared for South Africa tour

The England coach, Stuart Lancaster, last night received a significant helping hand from the Rugby Football Union's disciplinary class when Manu Tuilagi, a clear first choice at outside centre, was cleared to play in the three-Test series against South Africa, which begins in Durban in 10 days' time.

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Manu Tuilagi and Toby Flood major concerns for England head coach Stuart Lancaster

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Chris Ashton ditches 'Ash splash' after discussion with England coach Stuart Lancaster

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Foden talks a good game ahead of bash with the Baa-Baas

Ben Foden was keen to make himself clear. "When you play the Barbarians, you find yourselves being pulled into their style of rugby," the England full-back said this week. "It's hard not to get swept up in it and that's when mistakes happen. We need to control the tempo of the game, to play in the right areas." It was a thoughtful appraisal of the prospects for tomorrow's contest at Twickenham. Anyone would think it was a Test match.

All eyes may be on Jonny Wilkinson (left) of Toulon but the key figure at the Stoop is likely to be Biarritz's Dimitri Yachvili

Yachvili and Biarritz look to ruin Wilkinson's Amlin homecoming

The last time Jonny Wilkinson and Iain Balshaw appeared together on a rectangle of mud down Twickenham way, they were overshadowed by a swaggering newcomer by the name of Danny Cipriani as England put 33 points on Ireland and finished second in the 2008 Six Nations. The two red-rose oldsters will be back in town this evening for the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Biarritz and Toulon at the Stoop and while Wilkinson is being given the top-of-the-bill treatment, they could easily find themselves marginalised again.

Pleased as punch: George Robson of Harlequins celebrates Joe Marler's try

Mighty Marler drives Harlequins past Saints and into the big time

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Wasps’ winger Christian Wade has been called up by England for the South Africa tour

Lancaster to give young pretenders a real blooding

Wade, Youngs and Lowe thrown in at deep end in 42-man England squad for tour of South Africa

Gary Gold had a stint at Newcastle Falcons earlier this year

Gary Gold added to glittering new Bath set-up

If certain Premiership clubs are struggling for coaching staff at the end of a fraught season, there is one very good reason: Bath have recruited them all. The West Country club yesterday confirmed that the former Springbok coach Gary Gold would lead them in 2012-13, supported by the former England defence coach Mike Ford and two of the men at the heart of London Irish's progress in recent years, Toby Booth and Neal Hatley.

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The RFU announce Stuart Lancaster as the permanent head coach of the England rugby team. A more experienced man such as Nick Mallett had previously been favourite for the job but Lancaster impressed as interim coach during the Six Nations and landed himself the job.

England confirm mid-week fixtures during tour of South Africa

England's three-Test summer tour of South Africa will include midweek matches in Kimblerley and Potchefstroom against SA Barbarians teams, it was confirmed today.

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