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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Woodward believes that World Cup title was bad for England

It may sound incredible, but Sir Clive Woodward is convinced that winning the World Cup in 2003 was ‘worst thing ever to happen to the England team’.

Writing for a British newspaper, Woodward, who coached England to that victory in Australia, said it set back the side’s development.

"In fact, everyone said at the time that we won the World Cup because of the system. If we did, then why are we not still the No.1 team in the world, because the system is the same?" Woodward asked.

We must notice that he was liberal in his advice to the Rugby Football Union regarding the structures that needed to be implemented to assist the incoming coach.

"I think that the new coach needs to be given total control over the players, with advice from experts in every field from nutrition and biomechanics and psychology, to welfare and health," he expressed.

What's more: Woodward, now director of elite performance with the British Olympic Association, had a further dig at the RFU by saying that the younger members of that World Cup winning squad had not reached their full potential because the Rugby Football Union and major clubs "don't have the first idea of elite sports preparation".

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