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Italy have announced that former Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has been appointed as their interim head coach for the 2020 Six Nations.
Paul Gustard believes that there may be repercussions further down the line should Saracens’ players not feature for the Red Rose next year.
England boss Eddie Jones fears some Saracens players could give the Six Nations a miss in a bid to help their embattled club avoid relegation.
Wales are likely to be without Tomas Francis for a proportion of the Six Nations after the Exeter player underwent surgery on a shoulder injury.
The Italian Rugby Federation have confirmed that their coach, Conor O’Shea, has stepped down from his position with immediate effect.
The French Rugby Federation have announced that Shaun Edwards will join France head coach Fabien Galthie’s staff as the new defence coach.
Wales and Scarlets have been dealt a blow after Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell were ruled out for six months and 16 weeks respectively.