Thursday, December 1, 2011

12BET Rugby News Update 12/1

 Six Nations - RFU apologise, to name interim coach

The first glint of a new dawn for English rugby may have emerged at Twickenham on Wednesday as new acting CEO Stephen Brown apologised for the national team's behaviour and performances at the World Cup and promised a new approach at every level.

Although elite rugby director Rob Andrew remains, he will no longer have any involvement with the senior team while a caretaker coach will be appointed to oversee the Six Nations championship campaign.
The interim appointment will give the RFU the time they need to appoint a permanent replacement for Martin Johnson, who resigned this month.

Brown, also the union's chief financial officer, and Ian Metcalfe, chairman of the Professional Game Board (PGB), were forthright in their condemnation of England's performances on and off the field as well as much of the foggy leadership of their own union.Metcalfe, however, delivered an impassioned defence of the under fire Andrew, who will move to yet another new role, that of professional rugby director without any responsibility for the senior side.

The planned appointment of an elite rugby director to whom the new coach would report has now been shelved, again reducing the chance of a return to the organisation for 2003 World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward.Brown said he hoped the RFU would be more open in its dealings with the media and public and began his first news conference since replacing Martyn Thomas as acting CEO with a wide-ranging apology that stuck a very different note to the evasive approach taken by Johnson and the union -



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