Gill surprised by Farrell exit
Saracens forward Rhys Gill has admitted Andy Farrell's resignation from the club coaching staff came "out of the blue".
Farrell stepped down last Thursday evening, immediately sparking speculation of an England return following his role with them during this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
He will be in South Africa for next Saturday's first Test against the Springboks, although to watch his son Owen play rather than fill any coaching duties.
Former England back Mike Catt has linked up with head coach Stuart Lancaster and forwards specialist Graham Rowntree for the three-Test South Africa trip.
But it would be no surprise if former England rugby union and rugby league international Farrell was back on board in time for the Twickenham autumn Tests this year.
He performed an impressive job in the Six Nations after Saracens agreed for him to work alongide Lancaster in a caretaker capacity as England finished second behind Grand Slam champions Wales.
Saracens, meanwhile, have appointed their former centre Kevin Sorrell to coach the backs next season, reacting quickly following Farrell's departure.
"I was surprised about Andy," Wales forward Gill said, ahead of departure to Australia for Wales' three-Test tour this month.
"We were told he was staying and he was happy to stay. It was out of the blue, really."
While the Farrell speculation will continue to rage, Gill now heads Down Under after delivering an impressive display in Wales' 30-21 victory over the Barbarians yesterday.
He coped well with his opposite number - Barbarians skipper and Saracens colleague John Smit - and recovered admirably after referee Alain Rolland harshly yellow-carded him.
"It was good playing opposite John," Gill added. "There was quite a bit of banter, and it was good to get stuck into him! He's a great bloke.
"He has been really good for us at Saracens, bringing a really positive attitude to the camp.
"The yellow card was for nothing. The referee said it was hands in the ruck, but I think it was (Barbarians lock) Mick O'Driscoll who picked it up and knocked on. I think Alain Rolland has got it in for me!
"I am really looking forward to the tour. It will be good to go down there and get stuck in. Australia are a good side, so to get a win out there would be awesome.
"My game has come on loads since I joined Saracens. Playing in the Premiership week in, week out is really tough. You learn your trade.
"It's probably not as skilful as the Welsh game, but it is a really tough league."
Like Gill, Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric will also hope to play a part in the Test series, and he did his cause no harm at all with an outstanding first-half performance against the Baa-baas.
Dan Lydiate, captain Sam Warburton and number eight Toby Faletau are Wales' undoubted Test back-row, but Tipuric proved he is ready to step in should injuries strike.
"It will be my first tour, and I am looking forward to being part of it. We know we have got the potential to turn them (Australia) over, so it's exciting times," Tipuric said.
"I always try to keep my feet on the ground, and as long as I am playing with a smile on my face and enjoying my rugby, that is what I am here to do. I wake up every morning and it is a pleasure to be a professional rugby player.
"I would do anything for the team, try to help it in any way I can.
"You have got to have competition and make sure you are fighting for that place all the time."
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