Ashton safe … for now

England coach Brian Ashton will keep his job – for the next few months at least.

It was widely covered in the English media this week that Springbok World Cup-winning coach Jake White was being primed to succeed Ashton after the latter’s poor 6 Nations campaign.

However Rob Andrew, director of elite rugby at the Rugby Football Union (RFU), told The Times there would be no “kneejerk reaction” to the disappointing results, and no matter what the result against Ireland tomorrow Ashton will coach the team for two Tests in New Zealand in June.

Changing the leadership before this is “not something I would consider at this point,” said Andrew,

White openly stated at the end of last year that he would enjoy taking on the English job.