England coach Andy Robinson would have been sacked by now had he been New Zealand boss, according to former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick.
Robinson survived the axe in the Rugby Football Union’s shake-up that followed England’s poor Six Nations campaign. But Fitzpatrick told the BBC: “It’s fair to say Robinson would not have lasted in the position if he was All Blacks coach.”
“The RFU has had the opportunity to get rid of him and they haven’t, and they’re not going to now.” Brian Ashton, John Wells and Mike Ford are expected to be unveiled as England’s back-up coaching team next week.
Fitzpatrick believes they and Robinson need to follow the example of New Zealand to get them out of their current rut.
All Blacks boss Graham Henry has former Wales coach Steve Hansen and ex-Northampton coach Wayne Smith advising him.
“I think Graham Henry has shown the way. He is very experienced and isn’t worried about people challenging him,” said Fitzpatrick.
“He now has two very good technical coaches with him, and as long as Robinson can somehow do something similar with his team – and has the right people around him – things could improve.”