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Just a few days after former All Black Justin Marshall said that Southern Hemisphere players were not leaving home for monetary reasons but because they are bored he has now turned his attention to bagging the England rugby team and their management.

Marshall has questioned the process that England are going through saying that they need to sort things out before they go to New Zealand because they “lack direction”.

Rob Andrew(pictured), England’s Director of Rugby is trying to recruit World cup winning captain Martin Johnson as team manager to assist Coach Brian Ashton with the team management.


England reached the Rugby World Cup final less than Six months ago and enjoyed their best Six Nations campaign since 2003 last month.   

Although Marshall no longer plays for the All Blacks he feels that New Zealanders will not be concerned about facing a team he says are in a mess.

England are due to travel to New Zealand in the summer to face the All Blacks in a friendly test match, and Marshall thinks that they will need to sort things out before coming up against Graham Henry’s All Blacks.

“How are they in this position where there is so much ambiguity about the coach, about the captain and about the way the team should play?” he questioned in the Mirror.

“There seems to be a real lack of direction and sense of purpose to move forward.”

“Everybody seems to be under threat and nobody wants to make a decisive move.”

Rob Andrew is trying to make that decisive move and was to meet with Johnson for a second time on Monday but that was postponed to due to illness.

“Someone needs to make a decision. The whole set-up needs to get on with it,” said Marshall.

“But for some reason with England, neither the team or the environment – or both – ever seems to progress.”

England are in fact the last team to have beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand but the last time they went to New Zealand they lost both of their matches.

“England need to have the ability to play two ways,” he said.

“At the moment they have absolutely no idea how to play any way but what we saw at the World Cup.

“If that doesn’t work, as it didn’t against Wales in the second half of their game in the Six Nations, they have nothing to revert to.

“If I was in the New Zealand camp I’d make sure we were prepared for the kicking game England are likely to bring – and challenge them to come up with a Plan B to beat us.

“On the evidence of the Six Nations, I don’t think England are going to frighten the All Blacks.

“But we’re all looking forward to the series because England bring a certain something out of New Zealanders.

“For us to be beaten by England on our own soil is a pill none of us ever want to swallow.

“That will make sure the All Blacks are ready.”




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