Premiership must shoulder some blame for England slump under Eddie Jones


Players are caught between the demands of the regular club season and the expectations of a nation

When Sir Clive Woodward resigned as England’s head coach in September 2004, less than a year after leading the country to World Cup success, he said in an emotional press conference that he had become overwhelmed by the perpetual need to compromise with the Premiership clubs over the release and treatment of players who were becoming burned out.

England have had five head coaches since then and some are calling for a sixth, with Eddie Jones’s lustre dulled by a run of five successive defeats. Many of the problems that Woodward highlighted then remain, even if two years after his departure an agreement over elite players was signed by Twickenham and Premiership Rugby.

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Written by Paul Rees
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