Tuesday 25 July 2017

Peter Bills: Review shows up England's arrogance

Peter Bills

The news that England's rugby union will make major changes to its structure, in the light of a far-reaching review by new chief executive John Steele, is long overdue.

It simply defies belief that a rugby-playing country such as England with the numbers of players and the finances at its disposal, could suffer such an appalling a run of failure on the international field. Major heads should have rolled for presiding over this shambolic a state of affairs a long time ago.

Of course, it's not technically true to say that heads have not rolled at Twickenham. Two notable ones did -- coaches Andy Robinson and Brian Ashton. The trouble was, both became scapegoats for the failings of others. How anyone who gets his side to a World Cup final can be fired defies belief.

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