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RFU must shoulder blame for England’s shameful decline


ngland’s darkest Twickenham day was the product of 20 years of decline.

Saturday’s first-ever defeat to Fiji was the afternoon when two generations of off-field complacency, mismanagement and arrogance came home to roost.

Courtney Lawes’ 100th cap should have been so different; a day to savour 14 years of Test graft.

The suits in the executive offices have let this sport down gravely.

The fact that England’s lowest-ever ranked Test team could genuinely still reach the Rugby World Cup semi-finals is precisely the problem.

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