Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the national team for the England Rugby team in the Rugby Union has been granted an honorary degree from the Leeds Metropolitan University during their summer graduation ceremonies. Stuart, who studied as an undergraduate at the famous university, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sport for the contribution he has made to sport of rugby, both as a player and a coach.
Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England Rugby Team has denied that he has been in contact with Andy Farrell over a possible reunion with the England coaching set up.
It was announced on Friday morning, the 1st of June by the Saracens that Farrell had resigned from his post as the head coach of the Aviva Premiership side and almost immediately, it was being speculated that he will join the coaching staff of the England national team with Stuart Lancaster.
English club rugby had been one of the major forces in the European scene over the last few years with clubs from the country vying for the title in two of Europe’s elite club competitions, but not any more.
With the defeat of the Saracens FC at the hands of Clermont over the weekend, England, for the first time, has been left without a representative I either of the two top European club competitions.
It is widely thought that there are only two candidates for the vacant England manager/head coach vacancy. It is generally thought that the next man to take to role on a full time basis will be either Stuart Lancaster or Nick Mallett.
Ian Ritchie, the RFU’s new Chief Executive has though revealed that there are two others in consideration for the job.
Former South Africa coach, Jake White has confirmed that he is in contention for the vacant England manager’s job.
He has told his current employers, ACT Brumbies, that the RFU has approached him and is considering him for the job.
Brumbies seems highly supportive of their man and are keen for him to take the choice which would benefit his career the most. They do how highlight in a statement that White is in the first year of a four year contract and should he be successful there would be “many details that would need to be worked through”.
Harlequins’ captain Chris Robshaw has been named as England’s skipper for the forthcoming Six Nations opener against Scotland despite only having made one appearance for his nation’s team to date.
Robshaw’s lone cap came over two and a half years ago, but is tipped to play an integral role in the future of the England side following some impressive form for Harlequins so far this season.
Robshaw fought off competition from Dylan Hartley, Tom Croft and Tom Wood for the role, but when Wood picked up a toe injury the Quins man emerged as the favourite to take the role.
A revitalised Charlie Hodgson has today returned to the England starting line up after an absence of nearly four years.
The former Sale man, now at Saracens, has had a rollercoaster international career, but thus far he will be remembered mainly for the mistakes and poor performances that have kept him in the shadow of Wilkinson, Goode and Flood over the past few years.
Stuart Lancaster has announced his first squad as England head coach and it has a distinct youthful feel to it.
With Lewis Moody and Jonny Wilkinson both retiring from international duty gives chances to one or two players as do injuries to several key players but with no place in the squad for Mike Tindall, Nick Easter and Mark Cueto the suggestion is that Lancaster will be starting afresh and looking to the future during his tenure as coach, however short it may end up being.
Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby at Aviva Premiership side Harlequin FC believes that interim England manager Stuart Lancaster will make a huge mistake if he drops Rugby World Cup winning No. 8 Nick Easter from the side that will travel to Scotland to face the mighty neighbors in their bid to retain the Six Nations Championship.