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Woodward waits for RFU
London
January 2, 2000

Clive Woodward today stressed his commitment to fulfil his contract by coaching England through the Six Nations campaign and beyond.

Woodward, who has been linked with an imminent switch from his coaching position to a management role, insisted he is not considering a job change in the near future.

But he conceded new arrangements will need to be made after the Six Nations following the departure of assistant coach John Mitchell and after the summer he will be prepared to work for the good of England's rugby team in whatever capacity he and the Rugby Football Union decide is appropriate.

``My contract finishes in August, and it is up to the Rugby Football Union to decide whether they want to keep me on in either a management or coaching role,'' said Woodward.

He ascribed press mutterings of his likely job change to a report he submitted to the RFU on the need for a reshuffle when Mitchell returns to New Zealand but made it clear he has been party to nothing that directly concerns a new position for him in the short term.

``We need to replace John Mitchell at the end of the Six Nations and we need to start thinking about those decisions now. But the coaching team for the Six Nations will be exactly the same as it is now,'' said Woodward.

``All the other names mentioned are very much about the long-term situation.

``It is important we do bring in a replacement for John Mitchell. If that means me being involved in the team in a different way because we have to bring in a quality new coach then that is what I would be prepared to do.

``I would be very happy carrying on with the team in a coaching role or a management role post August,'' he told Radio 5 Live.

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