Thursday 22 March 2018

Andrew: RFU at 'rock bottom'

Rob Andrew admitted the RFU had hit "rock bottom" following the publication of damning reports into England's failed World Cup campaign.

But England's under-fire elite rugby director once again insisted that he would not be resigning, despite accepting his part of the blame for the World Cup fiasco.

The pressure on Andrew to quit has increased since the published excerpts from three leaked World Cup reviews, which paint the picture of a dysfunctional England squad and a coaching team out of its depth.

Martin Johnson resigned as the team manager last week and attack coach Brian Smith, criticised heavily by some players in the leaked report, stood down yesterday.

After trying to dodge the dirt last week, Andrew has accepted he let Johnson down and that he was ultimately responsible for the England team.

"I am absolutely shattered by what is going on both on and off the field," said Andrew, who added he was "disgusted" by the leaks. "The RFU has to sort itself out. This is rock bottom.

"I've considered my position. There's been soul-searching the whole time. Does it mean I'm going to resign? No, I'm not. Does it mean it's all broken? No it doesn't."

Irish Independent

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