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Report: England players focus on money at WCup

Updated: November 23, 2011, 06:01


LONDON(AP) Money was more on some England players' minds than the matches in a Rugby World Cup campaign that began to rot before the team left for New Zealand.

Documents compiled by England's Rugby Football Union, Rugby Players' Association and the Premiership clubs and leaked to The Times of London, which published them on Wednesday, showed a squad riven by infighting, concerned more about making money, lacking confidence in the coaching staff and disillusioned by poor training.

The documents were never supposed to be published, and the Professional Game Board, which runs elite rugby in England, said it was "disappointing and frustrating.'' The PGB will make recommendations based on the reports to the RFU board next Wednesday.

England fell to France in the quarterfinals, its worst World Cup result since 1999.

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