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Another rugby boss has reportedly been sacked one game into the season

The rugby world was rocked by the sudden sacking of Leicester Tigers boss Matt O’Connor one game into the Gallagher Premiership season.

The head coach left his role 48 hours after Leicester lost 40-6 at Exeter in their opening Premiership game of the season.

It’s now been reported by well-respected rugby journalist Jon Newcombe that Championship side Ealing Trailfinders have also axed their boss following their first game.



James Buckland was only appointed as head coach in June 2018 but it now seems he’s the latest rugby coach to lose his job if the reports prove true.

The Trailfinders, who have spent big in the summer to chase the Premiership dream, lost their opening game 20-7 at home to title favourites London Irish.

As a player Buckland featured for Leicester Tigers on 69 occasions between 2002 and 2007 as well as also representing Wasps and London Irish.


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He also played for England at age grade level and for the Saxons before moving in to coaching.

The 36-year-old has a wealth of experience in the Greene King IPA Championship having previously coached at London Scottish and London Welsh, guiding both teams into the top four.

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