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Geech throws Gatland name into frame
Rugby legend Sir Ian McGeechan says Warren Gatland would be top of the list for the England job - if it were available today.
The Rugby Football Union will seek a successor to Eddie Jones when he leaves his post after the 2023 World Cup, triggering speculation about who they might appoint.
McGeechan has given his own take in a column for the Telegraph, where he said former Wales boss Gatland would be perfect for the job at the moment and will doubtless come under consideration when Jones goes.
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"I do not think there is any single 'right' approach. England need to take the best candidate available whether from home or abroad, whether he is English or Kiwi, whether he has worked within the system or not," said McGeechan.
"If you were offering the job to someone tomorrow, the person at the top of my list, for a two-year appointment to take England to the next World Cup, would probably be Warren Gatland.
"Simply because Gats has the experience, the track record, knows the players, would be able to gel everyone together and is reasonably available."
However, McGeechan stressed: "But the RFU is looking to appoint someone in two years’ time. That opens up a whole raft of potential candidates."
He threw in the names of Rob Baxter and Mark McCall as options, but hinted they may prefer to remain with Exeter and Saracens respectively.
"Those conversations need to happen sooner," said McGeechan.
"Certainly, if either was interested, he should come under consideration. The two other big hitters, and again they would be near the top of my list if you were offering the role to someone tomorrow, would be John Mitchell and Andy Farrell.
"They have experience of working within the England set-up, the former under Eddie, which would ensure a measure of continuity. command respect.
"Coaches who might be deemed too young or inexperienced now – Lee Blackett, Alex Sanderson, Steve Borthwick – could come into the reckoning if they continue to impress at their clubs."
McGeechan says the person "arguably best placed to make a charge" is England forwards coach Richard Cockerill, the former boss of Leicester and Edinburgh.
He would offer England an appoint from within option and McGeechan says: "Cockerill has two years to build his man-management skills because that is probably the most important quality for an international coach."
Argentina coach slams 'disrespectful' photoshoot
Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has launched a scathing attack on his Rugby Championship rivals, slamming a photo-shoot that was organised without the Pumas' involvement.
Ledesma unloaded on the other three countries after his side had been beaten 27-8 by the Wallabies at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday, with the Pumas coach taking up a large portion of his press conference to hit out at the "disrespect" his team had been shown.
Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper had joined the All Blacks' Ardie Savea and Springboks captain Siya Kolisi on Friday afternoon for a photo opportunity with the Rugby Championship trophy at the beach in Townsville.
But there was no sign of Pumas skipper Julian Montoya.
"I just want to make a point about what happened this week with the captain's photo," Ledesma said. "We felt really disrespected.
"Last week it [the photo] was supposed to happen but it didn't happen because one team pulled out once, and the other team pulled out the other time. And then when it was our time we couldn't make it, we were told they weren't supposed to take the picture, and then there was the picture and the video.
"We're not asking for much; last year when South Africa pulled out we came over here, went through strict lockdown, we were away from home three or four months.
"We're the only team who hasn't played at home for more than two years; South Africa played at home, obviously you guys [Australia] are playing at home and New Zealand played at home. And we're always travelling, we never complained and we feel sometimes that we're getting treated with disrespect and we just continue and cop it on the chin.
"The only thing we're asking is to get treated fairly and with respect and obviously in this case it wasn't that way. And I don't think it was too hard to move that and respect us as a team, as a nation; rugby has values, I'm sure of it, and they weren't respected here."
Jones wants Marler for World Cup
Joe Marler has been told he remains part of Eddie Jones' plans for the 2023 World Cup after he escaped the cull of senior England internationals.
Ruthless Jones has axed Billy and Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and George Ford - each a stalwart of his reign as head coach - for a three-day pre-autumn training camp that begins on Sunday, describing it as a "line in the sand".
While the door has been left open for all of them, they have been told that only a return to form will place them in contention for France 2023 as Jones looks to lower the age of his team.
But Marler has escaped the purge despite being 31 years old and withdrawing from the Six Nations in January for personal reasons, his destructive role in Harlequins' Gallagher Premiership title triumph evidence of a player operating at the peak of his powers.
"Everything's going to be about getting ourselves right for the World Cup. If we kept the same team, the same team would be too old by the next World Cup. We know that so we've needed to refresh the team," Jones said.
"I had a chat to Joe, we went for coffee down at Horsham, had bit of chat and he wants to be part of it.
"His form at the end of the season was outstanding. His effort in the Premiership final and the semi-final was superb.
"He's in good form and he wants to be part of it and wants to give it a crack. We will see how we go with it.
"But he's going to have to compete hard because there are some good players here. Ellis Genge, Bevan Rodd and Beno Obano all did brilliantly in the summer."
In preparation for Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa this autumn, Marler will work with Richard Cockerill for the first time.
Cockerill, the fiery former England and Leicester hooker who once famously stared down Norm Hewitt during the All Blacks' Haka, has been recruited by Jones to help mould the forwards after he was released by Edinburgh.
"Richard has got a fine record," said Jones. "He has won trophies at Leicester. At Leicester he's done everything from driving the bus to being director of rugby. He's got a good spectrum of experience and is a proud Englishman.
"When we introduced him at the coaches' meeting one of the others got up a clip of him and the Haka... when he went up to big Norman Hewitt and fronted him.
"He tells the story about when Martin Johnson came up to him afterwards. I can't repeat what he said, but it was quite funny."
Scotland end Ireland women's hopes of qualifying for World Cup
Chloe Rollie's last-minute try kept Scotland's Rugby World Cup 2021 hopes going and ended Ireland's dreams of reaching next year's rescheduled tournament.
That score sent Scotland into the final qualifying tournament, while Ireland will not feature for the first time since 1991.
The result also means Italy, who defeated Spain earlier on Saturday, advance automatically to the World Cup.