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These are your rugby headlines on the morning of Monday, October 23.
England are reportedly preparing to brutally part ways with their defence coach Kevin Sinfield after Saturday's World Cup semi final defeat to South Africa.
Sinfield only joined the England Rugby Union set-up earlier this year but head coach Steve Borthwick is understood to be wielding the axe as he rebuilds England's national side in his vision.
Sinfield, who helped Borthwick win the Premiership title with Leicester Tigers, is set to be replaced by South Africa defence coach Felix Jones, according to The Telegraph.
The Telegraph stated: “The coaching set-up will also be bolstered by the recruitment of Felix Jones, the Irishman who is currently the defence coach with the Springboks for the last five years.
“Felix Jones is a coach obsessed with detail in a similar fashion to Borthwick – it was his defensive strategy that plotted the downfall of Farrell in the 2019 final.
“And his arrival in January will almost certainly see Kevin Sinfield, England’s current defence coach who joined the set-up from Leicester with Borthwick but has lacked the experience to make a significant impact on the Test stage, move on as part of a mutual agreement.”
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Wayne Barnes is reportedly set to to take charge of the Rugby World Cup final. It would be the first time the man widely regarded as the world's best, will have been given the honour.
Barnes is the most experienced referee in Test rugby history. It is thought that he will be supported by Tom Foley, a Premiership colleague, as television match official (TMO).
An official announcement on the assistant referees for the decider, as well as the officials for the third-place play-off between England and Argentina, will be delayed to give Jaco Peyper as much time as possible to recover from a calf injury.
The South African hobbled off during Wales' quarter final against Argentina last week.
England stalwart Courtney Lawes will retire from international rugby next weekend, he has announced. The third play playoff match against Argentina on Friday night will be his last for England.
The 34-year-old has played in four World Cups and two British and Irish Lions tours and is one of only five Englishmen to be capped 100 times.
He said: "I think it's time. I've done four World Cups, so I'm pretty happy with that. "I haven't told Steve yet! But I will let him know.
"It's a bit of an end of an era, but it's been a real honour for me to represent England for so long. It flies by. I'm proud of the journey I've been on. To be able to finish with this group, it's something I'll treasure forever."
England's vice captain added: "We showed to everyone what it means to play for this team. Play for your country and the boys alongside you.
"We want to finish on a high. It's important for us to finish properly and send us all off on a good win."
Springboks forwards coach Deon Davids has revealed that his side came through Saturday's brutal encounter with England unscathed. "We have no report of any injuries," he said. "Everyone is fine. We will go though the normal medical and recovery protocols today but at this stage we are all ready to go for this coming week."
Davids refused to be drawn on claims made by England's Tom Curry that he was racially abused during Saturday's heated semi-final. "I am not aware of any comment, it was never discussed. I don't know," he said.
The coach quickly shifted focus to preparations for the final against New Zealand, a side they beat handsomely at Twickenham before the World Cup.
"It will be a completely different game," he said. "Both teams will have learned a lot of lessons. New Zealand is playing excellent rugby. We will see where we can outsmart each other. This will be a new game under new circumstances, playing for the top prize in world rugby. If you look back too far and not be in the moment, we will fool ourselves. Our focus will be on what we have to do and to keep in mind we are facing a formidable opponent."
He added: "There is strength in both teams in terms of how they play the game, but also there might be similarities in terms of how we look at the game.
"Both squads are similar in terms of experience, X-factor and where and how they want to play. It is going to be a tight battle to outsmart each other and to ensure you get the upper hand.
"It is going to be about possession, playing in the right areas, using your opportunities. It is going to be a massive battle. Those are the things that I think assisted the teams to get into the final. The team that executes the best, pitches up mentally the best to adapt to the conditions, will be the winners of this tournament."
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