Woody’s a control freak

Former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones believes Clive Woodward will only coach England if he has total control over the team.

The former World Cup winning coach is regarded as the only man who can restore pride to a team that finished fourth in the recent Six Nations.

“You always tend to go back to what has been successful when you are under a bit of pressure, but I’d be surprised if Clive was interested in the job unless he had power over everything,” said Jones, who will coach the Reds in next year’s Vodacom Super 14.

Jones added that England’s recent decline had come as a surprise, but they could easily bounce back.

“I didn’t expect it but, apart from New Zealand, no one is consistently good. England are struggling to put together a coherent game plan but there is still a fair bit of time to the World Cup. You guys are writing that it’s all doom and gloom but if England play one decent game against Australia, everything will be OK.”

However, according to the Guardian newspaper, the RFU’s chief executive Francis Baron has dismissed speculation of Woodward’s return and he is due to write to Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe denying that any approach has been made to lure back the coach from football.