Woodward: I wouldn’t pick one Pom for Boks
25 Nov 2008
World Cup winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward was scathing in his criticism of England’s coaching structure following their 42-6 defeat to the Springboks.
Woodward described Saturday’s result at Twickenham, the biggest ever defeat for England at home, as “humiliating” and “hugely disappointing”.
Woodward, who built a formidable team in the early 2000s and one that went on to win the 2003 World Cup in Australia, said the scoreline was an accurate reflection of the Springboks’ dominance and pointed the finger at the coaching and the management of the team.
“What’s happened since 2003? Where has the development of players gone?” Woodward told the BBC.
“I never thought I’d see the day that any team would come to Twickenham and win by 40 points, or put on 40 points,” added Woodward.
“These things don’t happen by chance, it wasn’t a freak result. We seem to be so far off every South African player; I couldn’t pick one England player I’d put in the South Africa team – that’s a scary thought.”
Woodward questioned whether coach Martin Johnson is getting the right support from the England hierarchy, in particular, RFU director of rugby Rob Andrew. He was also lavish in his praise of the manner in which the Springboks recovered after an indifferent start to their tour.
“They have gone away, regrouped and they were just fantastic at the weekend and it was quite humiliating to be there, to be frank,” he said.