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In brief: Farrell snub for England


Andy Farrell

Andy Farrell

Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland


Andy Farrell

THE Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) are adamant that coach Warren Gatland will be able to lead the Wales squad on their summer tour to Australia despite a leading orthopaedic surgeon casting doubt on the New Zealander's availability after he broke both his heels in a fall.

Surgeon Rohit Madhav, of the London Orthopaedic Clinic, claims Gatland will need at least six weeks to recover from the injury sustained after falling off a ladder at home in New Zealand and, while he has not seen any X-rays of the 48-year-old's injuries, he expects him to face a spell in a wheelchair as he recovers.

However, the WRU are confident Gatland's injury will not "have any major impact on the continuing preparations for scheduled Wales matches in June."

Farrell snub for England

ENGLAND have failed in their attempts to convince Saracens coach Andy Farrell to join Stuart Lancaster's backroom staff.

Farrell had proved a big hit working with Lancaster and Graham Rowntree during the Six Nations -- with England defying the odds to finish as runners-up.

However, the secondment was never meant to be permanent -- and although Lancaster has been appointed head coach on a full-time basis, Farrell will remain at Saracens. "The job isn't anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job," he said.

Edinburgh sign Welsh duo

EDINBURGH head coach Michael Bradley has further strengthened his squad for next season with the signing of two Welsh internationals from the Cardiff Blues.

Prop John Yapp and scrum-half Richie Rees are leaving the troubled Welsh region to join the Heineken Cup semi-finalists, and Bradley said it was further evidence of the progress being made by Edinburgh.

"We have earned some landmark results this season and we're delighted that quality players are becoming increasingly aware of the bright future being pieced together here at Murrayfield," said Bradley.

Irish Independent