Lancaster poised to get Saracens head coach Farrell into England set-up
20:11 GMT, 30 March 2012
Stuart Lancaster's hopes of including
Andy Farrell in his England management team took a significant step
forward on Friday as Saracens confirmed the RFU had opened talks about
recruiting their head coach.
A day after Lancaster was officially
placed in charge of the national team, the process of organising his
support staff began and it is known that he wants to retain the services
of Farrell and Graham Rowntree, who assisted him in the Six Nations.
Approached: Talks opening with Saracens and Andy Farrell (right)
While Saracens have made it clear that they want to keep hold of Farrell – who was released on loan for the championship but is on a long-term contract at Vicarage Road – they are resigned to the prospect of him leaving.
With that in mind, Saracens hope the matter can be swiftly resolved and on the eve of today's Wembley clash with Harlequins in front of a projected world-record non-Test crowd in excess of 85,000, they revealed negotiations are under way.
Building a team: Stuart Lancaster acquiring support staff
A statement read: 'Saracens and the RFU today started cordial and constructive discussions on the subject of support staff for newly appointed England coach Stuart Lancaster.'
Meanwhile, England scrum-half Ben Youngs has been ordered to appear at a disciplinary hearing in Epsom on Monday to face a charge of punching Jamie Gibson of London Irish during last Sunday's Premiership encounter at the Madejski Stadium.
His case will be heard by the RFU's disciplinary officer, Judge Jeff Blackett.