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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.

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England's interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has come under fierce criticism from Leicester over his handling of out-of-favour half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs.

Mad Dog turns mentor: Moody to try coaching

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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."

Stuart Lancaster could be interviewed for England vacancy this week

Lancaster refuses to be Care-worn

The scrum-half's latest incident and impending RFU job interview add to coach's heavy workload

Wesley Fofana of France struggles to tackle Ireland’s Tommy Bowe, who scored two tries

France take little comfort from draw

France 17 Ireland 17: Saint-André's team forced to fight back after handing Ireland a 17-6 lead in Paris

Wasps’ Joe Simpson dislocated his shoulder on Saturday

Round-Up: Young says Wasps have to kick on after first win in 10 matches

Wasps' 18-13 home win over London Irish was the most significant result in the Aviva Premiership matches played on Saturday, constituting a necessary response to Newcastle's draw with the leaders, Harlequins, on Friday night. The win put Wasps eight points clear of the Falcons at the bottom with five games to play. The last of those is Wasps v Newcastle on 5 May.

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Saracens 18 Northampton 12

Gloucester swamped by Flood in rain and mud

Leicester 36 Gloucester 3
France's winger Wesley Fofana (R)

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David Flatman: Welcome back, Danny boy wonder – now get your head down and play

From the Front Row: Cipriani does not have to wear a mask and pretend he is someone else

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Baxter's Chiefs cut loose and sail past Sharks

Exeter Chiefs 37 Sale Sharks 12

Charlie Hodgson: England No 10 has recovered from an injured finger to start for Saracens

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Saracens v Northampton

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Mallett is outstanding man for Red Rose job, says Kirwan

Nick Mallett should be the next England coach, according to John Kirwan, who will not be considered for the post after being told by the Rugby Football Union's headhunters that he was not experienced enough.

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