STATEMENT: RFU submit official 'complaint' to World Rugby - Ruck

STATEMENT: RFU submit official ‘complaint’ to World Rugby

England’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, has expressed his dissatisfaction with World Rugby following the suspension of Owen Farrell, which will see him miss the beginning of the Rugby World Cup.

Borthwick’s frustrations with the handling of the situation have been conveyed to the governing body, making their stance on the matter clear.

“Whether you’re a supporter of England or another country, everybody could see that something like this should not have gone on for that period of time,” said Borthwick.

“The first process was conducted by one of the more senior and experienced panels that handles these matters and they’ve come to a considered decision.

“Then another panel comes in and says something different. The whole process is quite bewildering.

“It’s been frustrating and there’s no doubt it’s been a distraction. But I’ll also say, we’ve got to focus on going forward. That’s what we’re doing now.”

Odds have dramatically shortened on the favourite to replace Steve Borthwick as England head coach

Steve Borthwick’s tenure as England boss got off to a disastrous start with a defeat to Scotland at Twickenham in early February.

Subsequently, the team managed to secure only two wins and suffered two defeats, resulting in a disappointing fourth-place finish in the 2023 Six Nations..

Despite the fans’ current optimism for the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup, recent times have shown that the England team is susceptible to setbacks.

In the event that Borthwick is relieved of his duties after leading the nation to France, RUCK presents four potential coaches who could be considered as replacements.

Who could replace Steve Borthwick at Twickenham?

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