Former Purple Roses head coach Sir Clive Woodward has accused the RFU of bringing England Rugby to “its knees” regardless of their bronze medal end this 12 months. Woodward believes the governing physique is an “outdated boy’s membership” that wants shaking up if England are ever to win one other World Cup.
England have not gained a World Cup since 2003 when Woodward was on the helm. Since then, there have been two silvers, a bronze and a few disastrous early exits in 2011 and 2015.
Steve Borthwick’s males defeated Argentina 26-23 within the third-place playoff at Stade de France on Friday. Though Woodward is impressed by Borthwick and the gamers he has at his disposal, the 67-year-old desires to see the top coach acquire some backing from a high quality director of rugby with a purpose to assist England attain that subsequent degree.
The previous Rugby World Cup winner proposes that the RFU look to the South African and New Zealand teaching packing containers and think about the potential of bringing on board a member of their teaching employees to develop into England’s new director of rugby.
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Woodward is especially eager on Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus or the All Blacks’ Joe Schmidt and Ian Foster. Penning his newest column for the Day by day Mail, Woodward wrote: “The RFU needs to be wanting on the South African and New Zealand teaching packing containers on Saturday night time with envy but additionally with a watch on attempting to entice one in all them as director of rugby. I’ve lengthy advocated for English rugby to make use of somebody of actual stature, gravitas and high quality to that position.
“For me, one of many elementary the reason why the sport in our nation remains to be in such a precarious place is as a result of the RFU lacks precisely that proper now. Between Rassie Erasmus, Ian Foster and Joe Schmidt, there are some fascinating contenders.
“I’m certain all of them would covert the place so long as they had been capable of function as they see match. For so long as I can keep in mind, the RFU has been far too cozy. It’s an outdated boys’ membership which is slowly however certainly bringing rugby to its knees in any respect ranges
“It wants actually shaking up if England are to ever win the World Cup once more. The query I’d be asking the outdated boys at Twickenham is had been they genuinely pained by England dropping the semi-final to South Africa? Or, had been they relieved Steve Borthwick’s facet made the final 4 because it most likely means they’ll preserve their positions for an additional 4 years? Whether or not or not they’ve the bottle to nominate a high quality director of rugby will provide you with the true reply.”