23 Nov 2011

RFU risks fresh ridicule at home

6:20 am on 23 November 2011

The England Rugby Union has exposed itself to fresh criticism through the publication of an annual report where chairman Paul Murphy insisted the beleaguered body was at "the top of its game".

This year has seen England lose manager Martin Johnson, after a World Cup where the team made more headlines off-field than on it, and the governing body botched an attempt to appoint a new performance director.

But the RFU did post a record 18-million dollar profit, thanks to four autumn internationals and three Six Nations ties.

The director of elite rugby Rob Andrew is facing renewed scrutiny for his refusal to step down despite presiding over the fall of three England coaches.