Favourites to replace Steve Borthwick with England boss risking player revolt - Ruck

Favourites to replace Steve Borthwick with England boss risking player revolt

In a recent revelation by the Telegraph, discontent brews within the ranks of England’s rugby squad over the training methods implemented by head coach Steve Borthwick.

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According to the report, a palpable sense of frustration is mounting among certain players, as Borthwick’s focus leans heavily towards defensive strategies, to the detriment of offensive development.

This shift in emphasis comes despite England’s expressed desire to broaden their playing style beyond the conservative approach witnessed during the Rugby World Cup.

Illustrating the impact of this approach, the Telegraph highlights instances where key players, including a prominent back, have had minimal involvement in offensive drills during training sessions.

As murmurs of dissatisfaction grow louder within the team, attention turns to potential successors for Borthwick’s role as England boss. Five leading contenders are under scrutiny as speculation mounts over the future direction of the national team.

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5. Sir Clive Woodward – 20/1

Woodward is the World Cup winning Head Coach who led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003.

A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, prior to his full time coaching career Clive established a successful business career working for nine years with Xerox in the UK and Australia before establishing his own small finance and leasing company.

During Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.

4. Rob Baxter – 12/1

Rob Baxter, who guided the Devon-based club from the Championship to European champions in 10 years has done this largely with a core of players that have come through the academy at Exeter.

With this season’s club performance not at the level of previous years, it may be time for him to move on and into the Test game in the near futuree.

Although Baxter joined the England coaching team for the summer tour to Argentina and Uruguay in March 2013, he has no experience outside of Exeter. “I would be happy to have a chat about what the role is, how they see it working and what their plans and ambitions are,” Baxter said of the England job back in December.

“Unless you know what it is, it’s hard to say yes or no to anything. At the same time, I’m not looking for another job! I’m very happy here,” he added.

Rob Baxter, Director of Rugby of Exeter Chiefs looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on 20 May. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK