Friday, March 09, 2012
England have a big test ahead of them this Sunday as they travel to Paris to take on France in a Six Nations encounter between the old foes. There's talk of revenge, and off the field, still loads of speculation about who their next coach will be.
This morning Jake White officially (as official as a Tweet can be) ruled himself out of the England coaching role, after being approached by the RFU. He's only a few months into a four year deal with the Brumbies in Australia, so has opted to be loyal to them instead.
"[It is] always hard turning down a chance to win a World Cup but rugby is about making the right decisions and that's to stay with the Brumbies in Australia," White tweeted.
While the debate continues as to who the right man for the job is, on the field the England team need to perform, which itself will go a long way to determining the outcome. Stuart Lancaster may be done some favours if revenge for the Quarter Final exit at the RWC2011 is achieved.
France will be favourites at home, but England have a decent record abroad and certain individuals should be motivated to stay a part of the 'new England' setup. A win will no doubt ensure that.
In O2 Inside Austin Healey takes on David Strettle and Charlie Hodgson in a game of Batak, we join them for tenpin bowling, and Graham Rowntree puts a young side through their paces.
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