With Martin Johnson resigning as head coach of the England Rugby team the biggest job in Northern Hemisphere rugby is once again available. But who will be the next to attempt to emulate the success that English fans have craved since Sir Clive Woodward’s departure in 2004.

One of the early front runners, Nick Mallet has already ruled himself out. Following his success with the South African and Italian teams in recent years he seemed a strong candidate, but his decision to return to his homeland of South Africa rules out one of the top men in international rugby.



Barbarians managed to beat England in the last minutes of the match. Tries from Henry Trinder, Ugo Monye and James Simpson-Daniel helped the hosts into a 24-7 lead after 26 minutes.

But the Baa-Baas hit back with four unanswered tries to lead 31-24 before England responded with a penalty from Charlie Hodgson and a Tom Johnson try.

But Baa-Baas wing Tim Visser finished off a flowing move to win it late on.

It was a second try for the Edinburgh-based Dutchman, as the invitational side out-scored England six-to-four on the try count.



England wing Chris Ashton has celebrated his try with one hand. The England management had warned the 23-year-old of the risks of dropping the ball in a flying one-handed finish.

But Ashton did it for two of his four tries in England's 59-13 Six Nations victory over Italy on Saturday.

And the Northampton player said: "I don't see why you shouldn't be able to celebrate in the way you want to."

Chris Ashton added: "It is right to celebrate tries. Scoring tries is what I want to do playing rugby.


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