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Jaguares appoint Quesada

Quesada takes over from Mario Ledesma, who left to replace Daniel Hourcade as Argentina boss last week.

Capped 38 times by the Pumas, Quesada has left his role at Biarritz to return to his homeland with the Jaguares, who reached the Super Rugby play-offs under Ledesma this year.

"It was time to go back to my country and bring Argentine rugby all my experience," said Quesada, who guided Stade Francais to the Top 14 title in 2015 and the European Challenge Cup two years later.

Erasmus confirmed as Springboks coach

Erasmus has signed a six-year contract to the end of the 2023 World Cup in France and has been tasked with improving results after South Africa had slipped to sixth in the world rankings.

The decision to appoint Erasmus, who had been acting as director of rugby in South Africa, was widely expected. He will stay in both roles as he finally fulfils his ambition of coaching the side, having missed out two years ago to Coetzee.

Dogs looking for Pay day

However, the club hasn't taken long to move on, announcing Pay as their new coach two days after he was interviewed.

"The Bulldogs have a great history and tradition and I'm looking forward to the chance to work with a talented group of players, where respect and discipline will be the cornerstones of how we go about our business," Pay said in a club statement.

Pay, 48, takes on more than your standard head coach role as the club searches for on-field success - the last of their eight NRL titles was in 2004, after losing the 2012 and 2014 grand finals.

New 'Ikale Tahi coach not far away

Mana Otai's contract was not renewed after the Kingdom's disappointing finish at the Rugby World Cup, where they beat Namibia but lost to Georgia, Argentina and New Zealand.

The Interim Chair of the Tonga Rugby Union, Fe'ao Vunipola, said finding a replacement was complicated by staffing changes and financial concerns at the Union.