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 Stuart Lancaster is an option for the English RFU as they search for Eddie Jones’s successor as England head coach. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The English Rugby Football Union interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to Warren Gatland as part of his search for Eddie Jones(...)

Girvan Dempsey has said his position at Bath is secure as the club prepare  a coaching overhaul. Photograph: Bob Bradford/Getty

Girvan Dempsey took the career coach’s plunge. Moving away from boyhood environs, where he served as resident Leinster fullback, straddling amateur to(...)

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A hike out from London city, the wooded Pennyhill Park Hotel was England’s 120 acre, 2015 World Cup bolthole. Nestled into the folds of suburban Surr(...)

Ronan O’Gara: Some day, hopefully, it will happen.” (Photo: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Ronan O’Gara has signalled his interest in joining the Ireland backroom team when Andy Farrell takes over from Joe Schmidt at the end of next year. (...)

 Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell: Their presence ensures Ireland currently have the services of the three best coaches in this part of the world. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Clarity is Joe Schmidt’s greatest gift to Irish rugby. From the very beginning at Leinster, the summer of 2010, there was clarity for each and every (...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  with his successor, current defence coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

When the news was finally confirmed yesterday morning it was sad if inevitable. The day had to come eventually, and the man himself had prepared us fo(...)

Andy Farrell carries for Wigan Warriors against Castleford Tigers in 2002. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

For the English Rugby Football Union every syllable of the press release announcing Andy Farrell as Ireland’s next head coach will sting indefinitely.(...)

Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell during an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Andy Farrell is in line to become Ireland head coach after next year’s World Cup if, or as is now almost certainly the case, when the IRFU confirm Joe(...)

 Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell: “I couldn’t watch the Irish defensive effort [against New Zealand] without lamenting the loss England suffered when Andy Farrell was allowed to slip through the net.”  Photograph: Reuters

The England rugby football union has come under renewed flak, from Steve Hansen and now Lawrence Dallaglio, for letting Andy Farrell leave the fold. (...)

Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock and Tadhg Beirne in action during the captain’s run at the  Aviva stadium on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid all the heightened speculation regarding Joe Schmidt’s future beyond the next World Cup, and the distinct impression that he will return to New Z(...)

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