Leicester coach lashes out at England
England's interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has come under fierce criticism from Leicester over his handling of out-of-favour half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs.
Leicester's head coach Matt O'Connor claimed Lancaster and his England management team are not interested in creative players and just send the team out "trying not to lose".
"We consistently score the most tries in the Premiership because of those two blokes," O'Connor told the Leicester Mercury.
Flood has been released to play for Leicester this weekend after dropping behind Owen Farrell and Charlie Hodgson in England's fly-half pecking order.
Youngs is expected to be involved in England's RBS 6 Nations game against France but he has lost the starting scrum-half jersey to Lee Dickson.
O'Connor is furious, claiming England's handling of both players has led to an unnecessary "self-doubt" which is affecting their form.
"They just provide the rest of the team with so many opportunities," continued O'Connor.
"But the powers-that-be at England have not fully appreciated what they can offer a team. England don't want creative players, they are just trying not to lose.
"If that is what they are trying to achieve, you can understand why Flood and Youngs are not the best blokes for the job. But if you are going out there to win a game, it has got to be Flood and Youngs at nine and 10.
"There is nothing I have seen so far (in the Six Nations) that indicates England want to go out and beat teams. Under the current structure, I cannot see that changing."