Rugby chief rules out quick return for Sir Clive Woodward

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Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has ruled out an imminent return to Twickenham for former Saints coach Sir Clive Woodward.

England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach recently left his position as the British Olympic Association's director of sport following London 2012.

Ritchie is anxious to draw on the expertise of those involved in the Olympics but he insisted: "We don't have any vacancies.

"I respect totally what Clive did in rugby and the Olympics, but I am not going to get into hypotheticals.

"I am very happy with the way things are progressing at the moment."

The RFU are currently advertising for a head of athletic performance to work with the England team, although the job description would only cover part of Woodward's expertise.

The very fact Ritchie is in office at Twickenham is due to last year's managerial meltdown, which was sparked by a disagreement over whether Woodward should return to the RFU.

At the time, Woodward – who spent a controversial year at St Mary’s working on sports science after being brought in by ex-chairman Rupert Lowe - was in the frame to become England's performance director, a role that is effectively now part of Rob Andrew's brief as professional rugby director.

Ritchie not only denied that Andrew's position is under threat from the review that is being conducted into the RFU's performance department but backed his contribution to the union.

The review was proposed following England's disappointing 2011 World Cup campaign and is being conducted by Peter Keen, the former UK Sport performance director, and Sir Ian McGeechan.

"Is this a shorthand for 'what does it mean for Rob Andrew?' Certainly not," Ritchie said. "Rob has been involved in this process and supportive of it. He has great expertise.

"We should be aiming in the next three years to be giving the best possible support to the England players and the England team at all the age levels and that is fundamentally what the review is about."

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9:10am Tue 9 Oct 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

This is Saints web site!
Who cares about him?
He was part of the dark days. History!
Football not Rugby!
This is Saints web site! Who cares about him? He was part of the dark days. History! Football not Rugby! SFCOLDBOY

9:14am Tue 9 Oct 12

Dickosfc says...

who gives a sh!t
who gives a sh!t Dickosfc

11:58am Tue 9 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

A thread for general discussion nothing to do with the Saints anymore.
A thread for general discussion nothing to do with the Saints anymore. OSPREYSAINT

7:43pm Tue 9 Oct 12

olddellsaint says...

Don't care about him, he did no good here, don't want him back, !!!END OF STORY!!!
Don't care about him, he did no good here, don't want him back, !!!END OF STORY!!! olddellsaint

7:58pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Lawton12 says...

Please No No No !!!
Please No No No !!! Lawton12

8:09pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Lawton12 says...

Woodward = Rugby
Lowe = Hockey

No wonder we had those days of being in a sporting football eclipse !
Woodward = Rugby Lowe = Hockey No wonder we had those days of being in a sporting football eclipse ! Lawton12

9:30pm Tue 9 Oct 12

loosehead says...

After reading what he said about Rugby & how his first love was FOOTBALL I don't want him any where near the England Rugby team.
Maybe he could become the Saints defensive coach with Adkins?
The article was about The English Rugby Board considering Woodward for England Rugby post nothing to do with Saints so exactly how's this a Football thread?
I was joking about going to Saints but one idea he had was a great one & one we are using for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
We are allowing a two tier World Cup with the top teams to play for the real cup & the emerging countries to play in a junior (World) Cup with the winner getting a pass into the World Cup next time so helping to bring on the emerging countries.
That's one of the reasons St Mary's is being looked at
After reading what he said about Rugby & how his first love was FOOTBALL I don't want him any where near the England Rugby team. Maybe he could become the Saints defensive coach with Adkins? The article was about The English Rugby Board considering Woodward for England Rugby post nothing to do with Saints so exactly how's this a Football thread? I was joking about going to Saints but one idea he had was a great one & one we are using for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We are allowing a two tier World Cup with the top teams to play for the real cup & the emerging countries to play in a junior (World) Cup with the winner getting a pass into the World Cup next time so helping to bring on the emerging countries. That's one of the reasons St Mary's is being looked at loosehead

9:50pm Thu 11 Oct 12

City Saint says...

The worst thing to happen to saints. Ever.
The worst thing to happen to saints. Ever. City Saint

6:52am Fri 12 Oct 12

loosehead says...

City Saint wrote:
The worst thing to happen to saints. Ever.
Couldn't understand why he was bought in at the level he was bought in at?
Maybe offering a few coaching tips from Rugby but do you take on every one who says they love football?
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: The worst thing to happen to saints. Ever.[/p][/quote]Couldn't understand why he was bought in at the level he was bought in at? Maybe offering a few coaching tips from Rugby but do you take on every one who says they love football? loosehead

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