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BBC Sport blog editor | 16:55 UK time, Thursday, 29 October 2009

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Andrew's autumn test

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Simon Austin | 08:44 UK time, Thursday, 29 October 2009


The 96 names in England's senior, Saxons and Under-20 squads are neatly arranged in colour-coded rows on a wall of Rob Andrew's Twickenham office.

He's been busy rejigging them in recent weeks, following injuries to a dozen players in Martin Johnson's senior squad.

Next month's autumn internationals, against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand, will be the benchmark of the progress Andrew has made since becoming England's first director of elite rugby three years ago.

His remit then was to "develop young rugby talent through the elite player pathway".

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Where would Sven exit leave Notts County?

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Simon Austin | 11:22 UK time, Monday, 19 October 2009


The union between Sven-Goran Eriksson and Notts County always seemed an unlikely marriage. Now, after barely three months together, the two parties seem destined to go their separate ways.

The Swedish Football Association are keen to speak to Eriksson about replacing Lars Lagerback as their national coach.

Their president, Lars-Ake Lagrell, is a long-time friend and admirer of the former England manager and says he will sound Eriksson out about the job this week.

What's more, Eriksson has always said he would love to manage his home country. I have spoken to a close ally of the Swede's today, who says this is still very much the case.

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Heart of a Lion

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Simon Austin | 12:35 UK time, Wednesday, 14 October 2009


"They need to know what they want and I need to know what I want, it's about things fitting."

Ian McGeechan was hardly offering a "come and get me" plea to Harlequins, but he wasn't dismissing the prospect of becoming their new director of rugby either.

After several bleak months dominated by the Bloodgate saga, this is a small ray of light for fans of the London club.

McGeechan insisted Quins had not been in touch with him but added tantalisingly "if it comes up you look at it".

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