The Rugby Football Union could lose another senior figure after it emerged chief disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett is considering his position with the governing body.
Former RFU chairman Martyn Thomas has warned he could take legal action if the Blackett Review panel's report into the saga of John Steele's stint as chief executive is published.
High Court judge Blackett chaired the five-man panel which was charged with looking into how the RFU was governed during Steele's nine-month reign.
Blackett's findings came down strongly on Thomas, and his 52-page report called on the chairman and eight of the RFU's nine non-executive board members to stand down immediately.
Thomas quit as chairman on Sunday but remains acting chief executive of the RFU and intervened to prevent the document being made public, believing Blackett's report defamed him.
The report is believed to have made 11 recommendations, which are understood to order a freeze on any changes to Steele's management structure until a new chief executive is appointed, an overhaul in governance processes and board composition, as well as a clampdown on board leaks.
Speaking on Sunday, Thomas said: "The criticisms are fine. Some I have no problem with; others there need to be a discussion about. I would want to put my point of view to the panel at some stage."
Meanwhile former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward has urged the RFU to put off-field problems behind them and allow all focus to fall on the England team at the World Cup in November.
"For the sake of rugby they've got to move on quickly now," Woodward said on BBC Radio Five Live.
"Thanks goodness we've got a Rugby World Cup coming up and we can all focus on what happens on the pitch."