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Andy Farrell"s England future in limbo as RFU talks stall

Farrell's England future in limbo as RFU talks with Saracens stall

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21:30 GMT, 11 April 2012

Stuart Lancaster's hopes of retaining Andy Farrell in his England management team are in the balance as talks with Saracens have stalled.

While forwards coach Graham Rowntree is on a rolling RFU contract, Farrell has returned to his job as head coach at Sarries, where his contract has at least two years to run.

Centre of attention: England's hopes of retaining Farrell hang firmly in the balance

Centre of attention: England's hopes of retaining Farrell hang firmly in the balance

When the RFU opened talks with Saracens, the club made it plain that they wished negotiations to be conducted with urgency to prevent a distraction at the business end of the season.

However, four days after they went out of the Heineken Cup, there has been precious little progress in resolving Farrell's future.

Privately, Saracens are dismayed by the RFU's apparent lack of urgency.

Furthermore, Sportsmail understands that Farrell has not shown an inclination to drive through a move to Twickenham on a full-time basis, with sources suggesting the 36-year-old is content to develop in the club game.

Eliminated: Saracens were dumped out of the Heineken Cup at the weekend

Eliminated: Saracens were dumped out of the Heineken Cup at the weekend

Meanwhile, Wasps have responded to the looming threat of administration by attempting to conduct business as usual with the confirmation of four signings for next season.

Lions fly-half Stephen Jones has joined them from the Scarlets, while they have also picked up back-rower Ashley Johnson from the Cheetahs in South Africa, Leeds prop Phil Swainston and Ospreys prop Will Taylor.

Wales hooker Lloyd Burns has been forced to retire at 27 after the discovery that he has a heart condition which may require surgery.

Former England centre Shontayne Hape is seeking medical advice about a knee injury which has ended his season at London Irish and is threatening to finish his career at the age of 31.