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Woodward points finger


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 25 Nov 2008 at 06:38
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Not a single member of the England rugby team is good enough to make the Bok team, says Sir Clive Woodward.

News 24 reports that former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has renewed his criticism of England’s coaching structure following last weekend’s “humiliating” Test defeat at the hands of world champions South Africa.

Woodward, who guided England to glory at the 2003 World Cup, branded the 42-6 Twickenham loss, England’s heaviest home reverse, “hugely disappointing”.

He told the BBC on Monday: “It was a fairly accurate scoreline, so you have to take a step back and look behind the scenes – at the coaching and the management of the team.

“What’s happened since 2003? Where has the development of players gone?” added Woodward, who quit his England role the season after their World Cup triumph in protest at what he said was the Rugby Football Union’s failure to grant him sufficient time with his squad.

Saturday’s defeat came five years to the day since Martin Johnson, now the team manager, captained England to a thrilling World Cup final win over hosts Australia in Sydney.

Woodward, currently the director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association (BOA), has backed Johnson to be a success in his new job.

But the former England and British and Irish Lions centre, who led the Lions on their ill-fated tour of New Zealand in 2005, admitted Monday he’d been taken aback by the scale of this latest defeat.

“I never thought I’d see the day that any team would come to Twickenham and win by 40 points, or put on 40 points,” added Woodward.

“These things don’t happen by chance, it wasn’t a freak result. We seem to be so far off every South African player; I couldn’t pick one England player I’d put in the South Africa team – that’s a scary thought.”

Woodward has repeatedly questioned whether Johnson is getting the right support from the England hierarchy.

In particular, he has been scathing about Rob Andrew, the man who beat him to the post of RFU director of elite rugby and in his praise of the Springboks, who bounced back from a lacklustre 2003 World Cup to beat England in last year’s final, could be detected more criticism of the former fly-half.

“They have gone away, regrouped and they were just fantastic at the weekend and it was quite humiliating to be there, to be frank,” Woodward said.

England complete their November programme of Tests against Tri-Nations champions New Zealand at Twickenham this Saturday.



4 Comments

  • Not a single member of the England rugby team is good enough to make the Bok team, says Sir Clive Woodward.

    I’m just glad it’s not our coach saying that.

    Last time a similar remark was made it bit us on the arse. :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.11.08 07:08:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • He’s 100% correct of course. None of the england side would make the bok side. The only possible exception is danny care but then what do i know when ricky januarie wins motm… With fourie there not one of them would make our side. And only a handful would even make our dirt tracker side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.11.08 12:24:54 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • “I never thought I’d see the day that any team would come to Twickenham and win by 40 points, or put on 40 points,” added Woodward.

    Did he not watch the match against NZ in 2006? They scored 41 points.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.11.08 22:33:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : they dirrent score 46

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.11.08 22:46:32 by PJLD Reply
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    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
     

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