RFU MUST GET HOUSE IN ORDER
A resounding victory over Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday went a long way to strengthening Stuart Lancaster’s case to be handed the head coach’s reins on a permanent basis.
Under the former Saxons coach this England team are as united as I’ve seen them for a long while and appear to have rediscovered their appetite for the game. Lancaster deserves enormous credit for having achieved that in such a short space of time and I’d certainly like to see him retained in some capacity.
However, as crucial as it is for the Rugby Football Union to appoint the right man as head coach, it’s equally important they get their own house and structure in order, with each role inside the organisation clearly defined.
In the past there has been too much ambiguity that has in turn led to confusion and unnecessary conflict. England, as the most well resourced union in the sport, should be competing for the Six Nations and World Cup titles as a result but can only do so with the correct structure in place.
WALES CREAM OF THE CROP
As spirited as England’s defence of the Six Nations was, you have to say Wales are deserving champions. Having won the competition three times in the last eight years people will inevitably attempt to make comparisons between Warren Gatland’s men and the great team of the 1970s.
I’m not going to enter into that debate but I will say that this Welsh team are a credit to the northern hemisphere and they will provide a number players for the Lions squad who tour Australia next year.
Josh Lewsey was speaking courtesy of GamePlan Solutions: Managing high profile and popular sport stars; speakers, leaders, motivators, ambassadors www.gameplansolutions.co.uk