Overseas in Ireland, Mack Hansen advised his birth country, Australia, not to appoint a head coach from New Zealand again, as they search for a new leader for the Wallabies. Following the end of Eddie Jones’ tenure as head coach and the departure of former Chairman Hamish McLennan, Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh and his colleagues have begun receiving expressions of interest for the position, with many Australian coaches and international candidates, including Joe Schmidt and Ian Foster, reportedly in the mix. Hansen, an Australian-born player who now represents Ireland, emphasized his preference for an Australian coach for the Wallabies. He also expressed concerns about New Zealander Dan McKellar and praised his former coaches Stephen Larkham and Andy Friend. The article also mentions an injury setback for England center Manu Tuilagi. England’s head coach Steve Borthwick will also miss the services of fellow Sale player Bevan Rodd during the Six Nations. Additionally, World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward shared a ten-point plan to improve English rugby, including getting rid of the player foreign policy and focusing on the Premiership to attract international players. He also emphasized the need for better support for retired players facing health issues and the protection of players and referees from online abuse.

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