Dallaglio: Andrew's the man for the millennium
January 4, 2000
Lawrence Dallaglio believes Rob Andrew is the man to lead the English game into the new century.
The former England skipper also thinks Andrew's proposals and not those of Gloucester owner Tom Walkinshaw offers England the best chance of triumphing in the 2003 World Cup.
The Newcastle Falcons director of rugby, who is part of a new taskforce set up by the RFU, is keen to restructure the fixture list which would see players build towards a dramatic international climax to the season.
And he is also keen to set up a new domestic league which would comprise of 12 franchised teams _ three from each of the north, midlands, south-west and London _ competing for honours with no promotion or relegation for four years.
Dallaglio said: "The Rugby Football Union have appointed Rob Andrew to their working party and who better to represent the views of current players than Rob?
"He played 70 times for England, was a player himself until the end of last season and is currently a director of rugby at a Premiership club.''
Dallaglio, in his column in Rugby World magazine, also believes switching the Six Nations Championship to the end of the season will benefit the national team.
He added: "I know this will perturb the traditionalists, but rugby will gain more than it will lose from a properly structured season and I hope opponents will look long and hard at the benefits.
"At the moment, the Six Nations falls two-thirds of the way through the season and that can't be the right way to proceed.
"In the current structures we move from one competition to another and even had a weekend of the Allied Dunbar season in the middle of the European Cup. The timing is poor.
"To have one competition after another will allow players to benefit _ they can focus on the different competitions and the quality will rise.''
"If there was a cross breed of canine called an Underdogdoodle it would win best in show at Crufts." Mark Durden-Smith looks at the Aviva Premiership Final
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
Ask John answers questions on the Leopards' tour to Italy in 1974, brotherly Test sides, Pat McGrath, England's games against the Barbarians and Jacques Brunel
"We were only five metres away in the last Test of getting that try and with Jonny's inevitable conversion, we'd have won it." Tom Hamilton talks to Lions fullback Matt Perry