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Moore "Worse to Come" Quote Proved Right

Tindall reinstated in another RFU blunder

Posted Nov 30, 2011 by Chris White

Rob Andrew has been at the heart of a number of RFU problems

Last week, former England hooker Brian Moore, who now commentates on the game for English television, predicted that there would be “worse to come” for English rugby, despite the views of Rob Andrew, who claimed that the game had hit “rock bottom.”

The Elite Director of Rugby at the RFU, Andrew said that he “accepts responsibility for what is going on, but does it mean I will resign? No I’m not.” The comments followed team manager Martin Johnson’s resignation after the team’s poor showing on and off the field at the World Cup, along with the resignation of attack coach Brian Smith, after the leaking of the reviews into the campaign in New Zealand.

Moore said “someone within the RFU needs to take the blame for the problems on and off the field.” He is also of the belief that until changes come about at the RFU, there will be more issues aimed at the door of Rob Andrew and the powers that be.

Then, on Monday night, Moore was proved right. Mike Tindall, the England centre at the heart of a number of off-field issues while in New Zealand, was dropped from the elite performance squad and fined £25,000 for his misdemeanours. At an appeal hearing into the decision, the RFU back-tracked on their decision, reinstated Tindall into the squad and cut his fine by £10,000, which goes to show that Andrew clearly has no power within the RFU anymore if they’re going to go over his head and change his decision.

The sooner Andrew is either removed from his position, or resigns, the better from an English perspective. Coaches are being linked to the England coach’s job and turning it down because of the baggage currently associated with it. Once the people at the heart of the problems have gone, they will probably find coaches banging on their door begging for an interview.

What do you think to Moore’s claims? Also, are the RFU right to reinstate Tindall? Give us your thoughts here, on Twitter @ImagineRugby and on Facebook by clicking here.

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