Friday 15 December 2017

Defiant Rob Andrews refuses to quit after damning Rugby World Cup report

A DEFIANT Rob Andrew has reiterated that he will not resign in the wake of England's World Cup fiasco, although he believes the Rugby Football Union has hit "rock bottom" after recent events on and off the field.

Andrew, the RFU's director of elite rugby, has come under increasing pressure from outside Twickenham to quit his post.

England manager Martin Johnson resigned last week, while England attack Brian Smith has now followed suit and also stepped down. But Andrew has told BBC Sport that he has no intention of ending his Twickenham tenure.

Andrew told BBC Sport: "The reality of my job is that I am not the England team manager. I am the elite rugby director and I run a big department.

"But I absolutely accept responsibility for what is going on here.

"Does it mean I'm going to resign? No I'm not. Does it mean it's all broken? No it doesn't."

The RFU yesterday launched an investigation into the leaking of three confidential and damning reports into England's World Cup campaign, with Andrew describing the leak as "disgusting".

Detailed contents from the reviews undertaken by the RFU, the Rugby Players' Association and the Aviva Premiership clubs appeared across eight pages of a national newspaper.

The reports contain quotes from Andrew and unnamed players which paint the picture of a disunited squad, riven by a lack of trust under the leadership of a management team out of their depth.

Some players are accused, both by Andrew and their team-mates, of being more concerned with their earning potential than their rugby.

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