Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Andrew: RFU is behind England

Rob Andrew

Rob Andrew has insisted that England's 2011 World Cup campaign would not be derailed by the major managerial overhaul taking place at Twickenham.

Andrew's current role as director of elite rugby is to be scrapped and he is still deciding whether to apply for the newly-created position of rugby operations director. Under the new structure being implemented by Rugby Football Union chief executive John Steele, responsibility for the England team would shift from Andrew to the new performance director.

"I have a job to do now and I am doing that job. We will go where we go in the future. The important thing for now is that everybody at the RFU is 100% behind (England team manager) Martin (Johnson)," Andrew said.

Andrew insisted he is happy to stay involved at Twickenham and he took part in the selection meetings ahead of today's RBS 6 Nations squad announcement.

He said: "We are planning meticulously around the start of the Six Nations.

"We know what the plan is through the summer, through the training camp and to the World Cup in September. That is all we are focusing on."

Martin Johnson is contracted until the World Cup and Andrew confirmed his position as England team manager will be unaffected by the reshuffle.

"The strategy for Martin is that he is taking this team to the World Cup. He will take the coaches he wants to take and he is building a squad," said Andrew.

"Everybody can see the squad is developing nicely."

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