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Ferris Wary of Growing Number of Overseas Coaches

Former Ireland international Stephen Ferris is concerned about the lack of home-grown coaches in Ireland

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Former Ireland and Ulster back rower Stephen Ferris is happy with Ireland’s appointment of Mike Catt but is worried about the serious lack of Irish coaches in the country.

Catt was confirmed as Ireland’s new attack coach over the weekend come the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

He became the last piece of future Irish head coach Andy Farrell’s backroom staff, with Farrell set to take the reigns of Ireland head coach when the tournament in Japan concludes.

However, with Farrell and Catt in the Ireland camp and Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree at Leinster and Munster respectively next season, all of England’s coaching group from the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be on Irish shores.

Ferris, who was talking on 2FM’s Game On, admitted that Catt’s appointment makes sense as Farrell prepares to become the main man.

“They probably scoured the market to see who’s out there and Mike Catt obviously has a good relationship with Andy Farrell who is going to become the main man with Ireland. I think it’s a good appointment. Mike Catt is a seasoned professional with 70-odd caps for England and a couple of World Cup finals, so he comes with great pedigree and I think the lads will warm to him nicely,” he said.

However, he also pointed out that he believes there are a bit too many English coaches in Ireland and questioned why there is such a lack of Irish coaches in the backroom staff of the provinces and national set-ups.

“Maybe slightly for me, there’s too much of an English feel around this Irish team at the minute. I think their coaches see teams that are on the up and Munster with the appointment of [Stephen] Larkham as well, he sees that there’s an opportunity there for them to come good. But for me it’s almost like, Jerry Flannery – gone, Felix Jones – gone,” he added.

Ferris ended by saying that he believes Mark McCall could potentially make a future Ireland head coach and also congratulated the English coaches on taking their chances in Ireland.

“I think Mark McCall is the only one that’s really sticking his hand up to say that when Andy Farrell leaves or moves on or gets sacked, you never know, that he might put his hand up to be the next Irish coach. I think fair play to the lads, they’ve seen opportunities, the English guys and they’re going to give it their all and you can’t doubt what they’re going to bring. Look at Lancaster and what he’s brought, Johnny Sexton loves working under him. But fair play to the lads and hopefully they bring a lot to Irish rugby over the coming years,” he finished.

As well as Mike Catt, Farrell has also brought in Leinster man John Fogarty as the national side’s new scrum coach while Simon Easterby and Richie Murphy will continue as forwards specialist and kicking and skills coaches respectively.

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Cipriani Left Out of England Squad

Danny Cipriani has once again been omitted from an England training camp following a brief return to the international set-up

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England head coach Eddie Jones has chosen a 38-man squad for a two-week training camp in Italy and Danny Cipriani has been omitted.

Cipriani was originally selected in Jones’ 35-man training squad for the World Cup, when it was named on July 4th.

However, last week he was named on a three-man list, along with Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill, of players that would do separate “specialised strength and conditioning work” away from the rest of the squad.

The problem for Cipriani is that those two players have been named as part of the squad that will travel to Treviso for the 12-day camp whereas he has been left at home.

Jones has stated that some players have been left behind but are not completely out of the selection picture for the World Cup.

“Selection is absolutely challenging, we have left some good players doing work at their clubs and they must be ready if called up. Treviso is a hard yards camp with conditions similar to Tokyo. Team training will be about being adaptable and off the field enjoying each other’s company,” he said.

Another high-profile absentee is Ben Moon, who has been overlooked for selection with Joe Marler and Ellis Genge travelling and looking almost certain to be Mako Vunipola’s back-ups at the World Cup.

On the other hand, Mike Brown has continued his international revival by being selected in the travelling party. Brown has been out of the English picture for some time now but appears to have impressed since being called-up last week.

England will name their final World Cup squad on August 12th with some key selections still to be made but things are not looking good for Cipriani at the moment.

Check Out the Full 38-Man Squad Below.

Forwards:

D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), B Shields (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Singleton (Saracens), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks).

Backs:

M Brown (Harlequins), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), E Daly (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Leicester Tigers), R McConnochie (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), B Te’o (unattached), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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Pumas Star Out of Wallabies Clash

One of Argentina’s key players has been ruled out of the side’s match with the Wallabies this weekend

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Argentinian hooker Augustin Creevy has been ruled out of this Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old was in sensational form during Saturday’s narrow 20-16 loss to the All Blacks in their shortened Rugby Championship opener.

Having played only 48-minutes of that match Creevy would have been in perfect condition to play in Brisbane but the shoulder injury is certain to keep him out of the clash.

However, all hope is far from lost as Julian Montoya will more than likely take his place and Montoya himself is arguably in the form of his life.

The Pumas put it up to the All Blacks with both hookers starring in their efforts and All Blacks captain Sam Cane was full of praise for the Pumas after his side’s win.

“The Pumas are very accurate, very good one-on-one defenders and make a nuisance at the breakdown. They might not pinch the most ball but they certainly know how to slow it down. Their ability to just get back on their feet and keep coming off the line shows real desire. They put us under pressure from the first whistle right up to the last second of the game,” he said.

The Wallabies will be wary of Cane’s comments following their 35-17 loss to the Springboks last Saturday and with the Pumas side full of Jaguares players and European stars vying for places at the World Cup.

Argentina will be looking to bounce back after missing out on their first ever win against the All Blacks and it appears as though even without Creevy they will be confident of heading to Brisbane and winning down under.

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Springboks Name 36-Man Squad for All Blacks Test

South Africa have taken 36 players to New Zealand for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday

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Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed his side will bring 36 players to New Zealand in preparation for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday.

Erasmus, coaching staff and a total of eight players left Johannesburg on Saturday following their 35-17 defeat of the Wallabies and left for New Zealand.

The players that left with Erasmus on Saturday were Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynhardt Elstadt, Trevor Nyakane, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies and Bongi Mbonambi.

Yesterday a further 10 players jetted off for New Zealand and are expected to train later today.

They joined-up with 14 players who were already in New Zealand, having been sent over last Thursday to begin their preparations for the All Blacks test.

As well as the 32 that have made their way over Lizo Gqoboka, Warrick Gelant, Marvin Orie and Andre Esterhuizen are to travel over in the coming days.

It appears as though Etzebeth will continue as captain after it was confirmed that regular captain Siya Kolisi has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship campaign.

The Springboks will hope to cause an upset in New Zealand following their win on Saturday which has left them first in the standings after the round one fixtures.

Following their game on Saturday they will travel to Argentina, where they face the Pumas to conclude their shortened Rugby Championship campaign on August 10th.

Check Out the Full 36-Man Squad Below.

Forwards (21):

Schalk Brits (Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse, France), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Francois Louw (Bath, England), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions), RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls).

Backs (15):

Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France).

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