After a drawn-out drama, Andy Robinson has finally relinquished his position of England coach.
The resignation comes after a defiant Robinson had claimed that he would not walk away from the job in spite of his dismal record. The defeat to South Africa at Twickenham last Saturday, England’s first in nearly a decade was the clincher, and after a horror run of eight losses in nine matches he has finally stepped down.
“It is with regret that I have agreed a parting of the ways with the RFU and I will cease to be England head coach with immediate effect,” he said in a statement on the RFU website.
“In the last 48 hours, I have been advised by senior colleagues that those who have governance over me – the RFU Management Board – do not, and will not, continue to support me as England head coach.”
In his tenure as coach, Robinson only managed 13 wins in 22 games. Much was expected of him when he took the reins from Sir Clive Woodward in 2004, and now England find themself shopping for a coach with less than 10 months before they defend their title in France. Director of elite rugby Rob Andrew stated that he admired what Robinson had done for the team in the past, but it was time to move on.
“The announcement is made with a great deal of regret as Andy has made a significant contribution to England during the six years he has been involved with the side,” Andrew said.