3 Nov 2011

Rugby boss to stand down after World Cup review dropped

12:25 pm on 3 November 2011

The English Rugby Football Union's acting chief executive Martyn Thomas is leaving the post with his controversial Cotton Review scrapped.

Thomas had instigated a review of England's shambolic World Cup campaign to be carried out by Fran Cotton.

But at a board meeting it was announced that Thomas would leave at the end of his contract in December and that an alternative independent review would be carried out.

Thomas will also relinquish his role as chairman of England Rugby 2015.

Thomas's decision to instruct former England prop and British Lions manager Cotton to carry out the review had proved unpopular and the Rugby Players' Association has said its members wouldn't co-operate.

The team were widely criticised for their mediocre tournament which ended at the quarter-final stage against France.

There were also several high-profile off-field indiscretions.