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BOA reject Woodward link to RFU

British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has refuted claims that Sir Clive Woodward will leave his position as part of the management structure ahead of London 2012.

Reports had suggested Woodward, currently the BOA director of elite performance, was set to return to the RFU fold as performance director for Martin Johnson's England team.

But Moynihan has praised the work Woodward has done since his appointment in 2006, and said: "We have an outstanding management team at the BOA and it is no surprise they are in demand. Clive is doing a great job in the run-up to the Olympic Games and will, I hope, stay with us. Reports about him returning to a role with the RFU are purely speculative."

Woodward led England to the 2003 Rugby World Cup but resigned only 10 months later. He then had a spell at Southampton FC where he performed two different roles during his time on the south coast before accepting a position within the BOA.

The RFU also issued a statement which distanced it from any potential approach for Woodward's services, insisting the role he has been linked with will be treated like all of their other appointments.

The statement read: "The RFU has seen the stories today (Sunday) suggesting that we are on the verge of making the appointment of its new performance director. These are incorrect and are based on rumour and speculation, not fact.

"We continue to run the same open recruitment process for this role as we have for all the other senior roles at the RFU and candidates were invited to apply.

"We are pleased to say they did so and we have a strong short list who will go forward to the next stage but we will not comment on any individual people who may or may not have applied for the role as it remains a confidential process.

"We can say, as we recently confirmed, that we would expect to make an announcement by the end of May at the latest.

"We recognise that the media will continue to speculate but we are not in a position to disclose more details at the current time."

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