Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

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.

JOHN KIRWAN: The former All Black wing has coached Italy and Japan at the World Cup

Kirwan and Lam on Sale's coach hitlist

Bryan Redpath, the Gloucester head coach who has been heavily linked with an imminent move to Sale, will find his every move monitored when the two clubs meet at Kingsholm this weekend for a squabble over Heineken Cup qualification. He is not, however, the only name in the frame for the vacancy in the north-west. Two New Zealanders with rich World Cup experience, John Kirwan and Pat Lam, are on the interview list, as is Eddie O'Sullivan, the former Ireland coach who worked with the United States last year.

South Africa lock Alistair Hargreaves to join Saracens

South Africa lock Alistair Hargreaves has agreed a deal to join Saracens next season.

RUAN PIENAAR: Ulster’s South African No 9 weighed in with 15 points with his boot
BEN YOUNGS: The scrum-half appeared to drop his right knee on the prone body of Jamie Gibson

Ben Youngs suspended by RFU, but won't miss a Leicester game

Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs has been suspended for a week by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing after pleading guilty to striking London Irish forward Jamie Gibson with his knee.

Chris Robshaw led England to four wins out of five in Six Nations
Stuart Lancaster, the newly appointed England coach

Stuart Lancaster: Thinking outside the Springboks

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

Wales coach Warren Gatland

Brian Ashton: Wales must add grand ambition to Grand Slam

Tackling The Issues

Stuart Lancaster (left) and Nick Mallett are in the running to be England’s permanent head coach

It's got to be Lancaster! (Or should it be Mallett?)

Chris Hewett tidies up the remaining questions over who should land the England coaching job

Stuart Lancaster (left) and Nick Mallett are in the running to be England’s permanent head coach

So, should it be Lancaster or Mallett?

Chris Hewett tidies up the remaining questions over the England coaching job

Jake White, who coached the Springboks to their 2007 World Cup win, would not be in a position to start until after England's summer tour to South Africa

Jake White interested in England role

England have the opportunity to put together a heavyweight coaching team of Jake White and Wayne Smith to lead England into the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

Lewis Moody: It is now down to the team to keep Lancaster his job

So Stuart Lancaster needs a win in the next two games to boost his chances of landing the England job on a permanent basis. It shouldn't be like this, but unfortunately it is. And the players will sense the urgency and know what is required.

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, talks to his team at Pennyhill Park this week

Lewis Moody: It is now down to the team to keep Lancaster at the top

Moody Views: To go to a World Cup without an English management team would be a travesty

The likes of Ben Youngs are creative players not being used properly by England, according to Matt O’Connor

Tigers coach seething at England's 'negativity'

'There's nothing I have seen that indicates they want to go out and beat teams,' says O'Connor

Ross Ford looks for win in Ireland

Captain Ross Ford believes a Scotland win in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin is necessary for the squad to retain belief that they are moving in the right direction.

Francois Trinh-Duc, along with Morgan Parra, paid the price for an erratic display at home to Ireland

France drop Trinh-Duc and Parra for England clash

France half-backs Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra have been dropped for the RBS 6 Nations clash against England in Paris on Sunday.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links