20 May 2011

Woodward rules out return to rugby

6:12 am on 20 May 2011

Sir Clive Woodward has ruled out a return to the top of English rugby.

In a statement which comes as a stinging embarrassment to the Rugby Football Union, Woodward confirmed he had held informal talks with Twickenham officials about a newly created position of performance director.

England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning manager has since said he is totally committed to his current role with the British Olympic Association.

Woodward's decision comes after a chaotic 10 days of attempts by the Rugby Union to find a suitable candidate for the new job.