RFU apologise over World Cup shambles, but stall over appointment of head coach

Stuart Lancaster is in the running to be named England's interim manager.
Stuart Lancaster is in the running to be named England's interim manager.
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The Rugby Football Union’s management board met to discuss the recommendations made by the critical reviews into England’s World Cup debacle.

England lost in the quarter-finals in New Zealand after a campaign marred by off-the-field incidents.

The RFU’s management board met today to discuss the recommendations made by the critical reviews into that campaign, which were leaked to The Times last week.

“The most important thing is to make an apology to everyone involved in rugby for the performance of the World Cup and the surrounding events,” Brown told a press conference at Twickenham.

“We’ve let ourselves down as a sport and as a team. It’s important we recognise that and take some action going forward.

“Standards were below what we expect, we had a number of off-pitch disciplinary matters and that attracted a lot of negative coverage which we regret.

“We need to fix this going forward and make sure we are in a better place going into 2015 and the report is aimed to do that.”

Ian Metcalfe, chairman of the Professional Game Board, added: “We also apologise to the players themselves and coaches for the leaks that happened, they are inexcusable.

“But we must not get so wrapped up in finding the leaker to ignore the real issues we have in England rugby.

“It’s not all broken, there are lots of good things out there and working together we can improve on that.”

The RFU have yet to name a successor to Martin Johnson with former Leeds Carnegie player and coach Stuart Lancaster - who currently occupies a role in the RFU - the favourite.

They will appoint a full-time head coach after the Six Nations and ahead of the team’s June tour to South Africa.

For the full story read Thursday’s Yorkshire Post.