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Woodward back in the frame for England job


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England Rugby’s RFU have reverted to the original job description for the newly created performance director job.

The change is understood to pave the way for 2003 World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward to return to the national team set-up.

It had been reported that Woodward was no longer interested in the job if it did not cover the national team.

The Rugby Football Union released a statement on Tuesday which said the successful candidate’s remit would exclude any involvement or influence over the senior team, managed by Martin Johnson.

However, at a board meeting on Thursday, the RFU voted to shelve those new plans, meaning Johnson will have to report directly to the performance director after this year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

The British media report that Woodward, who quit as England coach in 2004, could be interested again in the new role.

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