England trio sacked

Head coach Andy Robinson has kept his job following a review of England’s poor Six Nations performance, but three of his assistants have been axed.

Defensive coach Phil Larder and kicking guru Dave Alred have been sacked, while attack coach Joe Lydon has been offered a job with the National Academy, the BBC reported.

An Elite Rugby Director, overseeing all aspects of representative rugby in England, will also be appointed. The RFU admitted Sir Clive Woodward could be a contender for the role.

While Robinson will remain in his role, he will have “revised responsibilities”. The Elite Rugby Director will help to form a strategy for England at the start of every season, assist Robinson with team selection and take on some of his administrative responsibilities.

RFU chief executive Francis Baron said: “Andy is an excellent coach who has the support of the players. With the changes we have made he is in a very good position to build on his strengths.”

New forwards, attack and defensive coaches will be appointed and advertisements for them will be placed in the next few days.

Baron said someone already within the RFU had been approached to take one of the roles, but otherwise no-one had yet been sounded out.