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World Cup winner Greenwood to coach Barbarians

Greenwood will team up with ex-Australia head coach Robbie Deans. Credit: PA

England World Cup winner Will Greenwood will coach the Barbarians against South Africa in November.

The 43-year-old former Leicester and Harlequins centre turned TV pundit will team up with ex-Australia head coach Robbie Deans.

Greenwood was part of England's World Cup winning side in 2003, when Jonny Wilkinson's dramatic drop-kick in extra time sealed a 20-17 victory over Australia.

The Barbarians face South Africa at Wembley on November 5.

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Grand Slam just the start for ambitious England - George Ford

England No.10 George Ford. Credit: PA

George Ford insists England's Grand Slam triumph is merely the beginning for a team blessed with "endless potential".

The 13-year wait to be crowned the dominant force in Europe came to an end in Paris on Saturday night after France were toppled 31-21 in an absorbing climax to the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship (watch highlights).

More dangerous adversaries loom on the horizon in the shape of a three-Test series against Australia in June but Ford, the Bath fly-half, believes they are well equipped to face them.

"This is only the start for us and while we're glad to have done this, we understand we need to get better as well," Ford said.

"There's so much more time to come. The potential is endless. This is a small start to becoming a better team.

"We understand there are tougher things to come, but if we stay humble and grounded and keep working hard and enjoying each other's company, then this team can go places."

Joe Marler condemned for 'racist language' by WRU

The Welsh Rugby Union says it is surprised at the decision not to sanction England prop Joe Marler for the "racist language" he used towards Wales' Samson Lee last weekend.

The Welsh Rugby Union is surprised Joe Marler escaped punishment. Credit: PA

Loosehead prop Marler was cleared to play in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against France by the tournament's disciplinary committee despite striking one Wales prop - Rob Evans - and calling Lee a "gypsy boy".

He has been left out of the starting XV to face Les Bleus in a match England need to win to secure the Grand Slam, but Jones insists his omission from the line-up had nothing to do with the Lee incident.

"We are surprised by the decision of the Six Nations disciplinary hearing," the WRU statement read.

"We stand by our belief that there is no place for the use of racist language in sport."

Former England captain lands top job at World Rugby

Former England captain Bill Beaumont is set to become chairman of World Rugby.

Beaumont will start his new job from July 1st. Credit: PA

The 64-year-old, who is the current chairman of the Rugby Football Union, is poised to replace Bernard Lapasset.

World Rugby confirmed on Monday that Beaumont has been nominated by the RFU.

It said: "Bill Beaumont has been nominated for the position of chairman by his union to succeed Bernard Lapasset, who is not seeking re-election."

Former Argentina international Agustin Pichot was nominated by his country's federation to succeed Oregan Hoskins as vice-chairman.

The elections will be held in Dublin on May 11 with chairman and vice chairman serving four-year terms from July 1.

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Bill Beaumont set to become World Rugby chairman

Former England captain Bill Beaumont. Credit: PA

Former England captain Bill Beaumont is set to become chairman of World Rugby.

The 64-year-old, who is the current chairman of the Rugby Football Union, is poised to replace Bernard Lapasset.

World Rugby confirmed on Monday that Beaumont has been nominated by the RFU.

It said: "Bill Beaumont has been nominated for the position of chairman by his union to succeed Bernard Lapasset, who is not seeking re-election."

Former Argentina international Agustin Pichot was nominated by his country's federation to succeed Oregan Hoskins as vice-chairman.

The elections will be held in Dublin on May 11 with chairman and vice chairman serving four-year terms from July 1.

Lapasset to step down as World Rugby chairman

Lapasset will spearhead the Paris 2024 Olympic bid. Credit: PA

Bernard Lapasset will step down as World Rugby chairman in May to focus on spearheading Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Lapasset has been chairman of rugby's global governing body since 1995, overseeing the game through the transition from amateurism to the professional era.

World Rugby will appoint a new chairman in May, with member unions to submit nominations by the March 12 deadline.

Sian Williams becomes first Welsh female professional rugby player

Sian Williams has become Wales' first full-time professional female rugby player.

Williams hopes others follow in her footsteps. Credit: wru.co.uk

The 25-year-old flanker, who was born in Wrexham and plays for Worcester and Newport Gwent Dragons, has been awarded elite athlete status by the Royal Air Force to play rugby professionally.

It means that Williams, who joined the RAF eight years ago and is based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, will be able to train full-time as a rugby player.

Williams has won 20 caps and also represented Wales at sevens. She made her Test debut in 2011.

"I am at a point in my rugby career where I want to keep learning and keep getting better," she said.

"Achieving elite athlete status gives me time before the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 to strive for excellence and do everything in my power to become a world-class rugby player."

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