Sir Clive Woodward has slammed Eddie Jones after current England boss Eddie Jones criticized private schools and suggested the whole system needed to ‘blow up’.
The Australians have suggested that the the current system produces players who lack determination and the skill to take the England national team to the next level.
“I have given myself 24 hours before seeking to respond to Eddie Jones’ controversial and disrespectful comments about the private school system in English rugby,” Woodward wrote.
“To be perfectly honest, at that time I expected the Rugby Football Union to come out and say something. But, as usual, we heard nothing from the bigwigs at Twickenham.
He added: “Why does Jones have the right to belittle the English game in this way? When no one from the RFU – like chief executive Bill Sweeney – responds, then you can only assume the powers that be at Twickenham are in fact thinking the same as Jones.
“It’s either that or they disagree but opt for a calmer life rather than holding their head coach to account. Both demonstrate a fundamental failure of leadership.
Read Woodward’s full column for the Mail Online here.
How England would line up under Sir Clive Woodward
Below, Sir Clive Woodward reveals the ‘exciting’ England squad he would choose with Marcus Smith dropped from the XV.
The squad was put together using recent World Cup winning coaching columns for the Mail Online.
- 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
- 14. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)
- 11. Henry Arundell (Irish from London)
“England have players like Adam Radwan available but he’s not even on the tour. England have fast players but Jones isn’t using them,” Woodward wrote.
“Arundell showed he was good enough to start by beating three defenders to score with his first touch in international rugby.
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