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Englishman Andy Farrell will take over as Ireland coach after the World Cup. Picture: by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Nationality of coaches is irrelevant in Test rugby

Coaches have been in the news recently. First, Andy Farrell will succeed Joe Schmidt as Ireland’s coach after the World Cup. This should make the 2020 Six Nations England-Ireland match an interesting family affair, with father Andy coaching Ireland and son Owen , one assumes, captaining England.Then there is a rumour that the RFU is considering asking Warren Gatland to be Eddie Jones’ successor when the garrulous Australian moves on. It was long assumed that Gatland’s ambition was to be the next coach for his native New Zealand. So it may be that he would be interested in the Twickenham job only as the next best thing. This is something that presumably wouldn’t commend him to the RFU. If, however, he does land up at Twickenham, he will have been pretty well round the houses as head coach of Ireland, Wales and England, and, twice, of the Lions. Meanwhile the Welsh Rugby Union has already appointed another New Zealander, Wayne Pivac, to take over from Gatland next season.

Scotland

Why injuries have been so devastating for this Hearts side

So, what’s wrong with Hearts? Well, the answer is simple: too many injuries. No Uche Ikpeazu, no Steven Naismith, no John Souttar and, until this past Sunday, no Christophe Berra. That’s four of Hearts best five players, all gone at the same time. It’s natural that a team would struggle in the wake of that. Any team in the world would see a drop in form.

Hearts
Silverknowes trophy winner, Adam McIntyre

Martin Dempster: Beauty of golf is shown by both Traigh and Silverknowes

It was a lovely way to end the second Scottish Golf national conference. After watching a short video of some members of Traigh Golf Club extolling the virtues of possibly the gem of hidden gems in golf’s birthplace, you could sense that around 450 delegates left the Edinburgh International Conference Centre feeling proud of the sport they are involved in.

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