England World Cup Fallout
Andrew's conclusions laid bare
November 25, 2011
Andrew addresses the media following England's World Cup exit last month © Getty Images
The Rugby Football Union's professional rugby director Rob Andrew is set to come under further scrutiny following the publication of his recommendations in the wake of England's failed World Cup campaign.
The under-fire former England fly-half spearheaded a review into England's troubled tournament and submitted his confidential findings to the Professional Game Board (PGB) last week only for details to be leaked to The Times newspaper. English rugby's governing body have since been rocked by a series of revelations with Andrew's conclusions, to be put to the RFU management board on Wednesday, sure to attract further scorn.
Andrew, who has refused to bow to growing pressure and join England manager Martin Johnson and attack coach Brian Smith and quit his post, compiled his review based on reports from management and players following the team's quarter-final exit from the sport's showpiece event and the RFU management board must now decide whether to accept and action his recommendations.
The Times, that labels the findings as "bland", reports that Andrew identified problems with leadership and the captaincy and stressed that "no outstanding captain" had emerged from the current group of players. He also states that selection had not always been consistent and calls for a review of all coaching appointments.
His findings also reportedly include an assessment that a breakdown in trust within the squad was evident from the World Cup training camp with Andrew demanding England develop responsible, self-aware, self-managed and humble players who understand their responsibilities and are role models for their behaviour.
Andrew also believes it was a mistake not to provide private security to the squad while he also calls for an improvement in communication and sharing of information between club and national medical and fitness teams. Andrew also targets a more proactive strategy for media management and legal issues.
He also highlights the political turmoil caused by John Steele's brief tenure as chief executive and the restructuring he instigated. "There has been an underlying feeling of fear and mistrust within the RFU for much of the past 12 months," he writes.
As previously reported, Andrew also expresses his disappointment that England captain Lewis Moody led a senior player delegation that disputed the level of World Cup fees and threatened a boycott of the pre-tournament send-off dinner. Andrew concludes that the working relationship between the player executive group, the Rugby Players' Association and the RFU commercial department also requires significant attention.
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