Jake White has questioned England’s new attacking approach to the game.
The Springbok coach said the world chumps would do better if they played to their strengths instead of trying to throw the ball around the park. England have slumped to seventh in the world rankings following their shock home defeat to Argentina.
“They dominated the world because they had big forwards and outside halves who could give them field position,” said White, who is under similar pressure following six defeats in his last eight matches. “It’s difficult to start moving away from things that work for you. I certainly don’t think every country is capable of playing the complete game everyone seems to be talking about.”
White also defended Robinson, who is expected to be sacked at the end of the Bok series.
“We have an empathy in this game, a special bond; when we talk of the traits, values and characteristics we look for in rugby people, we mean it,” he said. “It must be really tough on him, especially as England are world champions and carrying such a weight of expectation. It’s a lonely feeling when things are going wrong.”
Meanwhile, England’s shocking form has left the RFU counting the cost.
“We estimate loss of revenues and additional costs incurred resulting from this performance amounted to 3.6 million pounds in 2005-06 and was the principal reason for this year’s 1.7 million pounds pre-tax loss,” said CEO Francis Baron.
However, with 18.5 million pounds in bank, the RFU is still the weathiest union in the world.
By Simon Borchardt in London