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England Rugby April 2006 in Review

By Kath 1/5/06
May 1 2006

England Rugby Union April 2006 in review! England's Head Coach Andy Robinson survived the drop but others did not? The England Sevens won in Hong Kong plus much more.

 England Rugby April 06 - In Review

England Rugby - April 2006 - Well it is that time of year again relegation and promotion and we all waited to see if dear old Andy would survive the drop?  Well he did but others did not!  

Dave Alred MBE   Phil Larder MBE    Joe Lydon

         Gone Dave Alred  - Gone Phil Larder -  Joe Lydon Redeployed

An extract from the announcement made by Francis Baron on the 27th April, 2006:

"Andy Robinson OBE will remain as England Head Coach, with revised responsibilities, while forwards, attack and defence coaches will be appointed to assist him.


A forwards coach will be recruited, while replacements will be made for defensive coach Phil Larder MBE, who along with fellow World Cup winner Dave Alred MBE is leaving the RFU, and backs coach Joe Lydon, who has been offered redeployment within the RFU National Academy structure.


The RFU Performance Department will be restructured as the Elite Rugby Department, with a new Elite Rugby Director taking responsibility for strategy, player release and management and administration for all England representative teams.


The new England coaching team will report to the Elite Rugby Director, who will replace Chris Spice, the Performance Director, who has resigned with immediate effect."


Of course we now have lots of talk about the Elite Rugby Director's job being just perfect for Sir Clive Woodward, well no doubt time will tell.  


Above pictures from England Rugby Travel


   England Sevens WIN in Hong Kong 2006. Ben Gollings the hero of the hour going in for a last minute try and dying seconds conversion. Congratulations to our England Sevens Team  England WIN Hong Kong Sevens   England's next venture was Singapore, they made it through to the Final and came up against their old foe Fiji  - full results here....  England 7s Singapore 2006


 Hong Kong Sevens Ben Gollings with Steve Nottingham 

Big Thank You to Steve Nottingham one of our regulars for all the pictures he sent through to us

Photos copyright of Steve Nottingham - view full set here

England U19s faced South Africa in the IRB World Championships match preview ..... England  U19s vs South Africa  and then went on to take on New Zealand in the Semi Finals  England  U19s vs New Zealand England U19s take World third on tries by RFU Press Office

England Under-18s crowned European champions again, winning against France and Crowned European Champions 2006. England won through a very tight game against a very physical side - well done lads.  England U18s - Champions

Our Claire had a pop at a couple of local journalists:  "It must be a slow news month or is something else afoot? From Northampton to Newcastle, the local journos are running out of things to say and have turned their attention to the world of message boards."  Message boards & Journos


Ed Budge our regular critic bravely took a look back at all the goings on during the RBS Six Nations, starting with a Part I England Rugby Looking Back



Unofficial England & BARA (British Asian Rugby Association)- what splendid work this Association are doing. BARA's Commercial Director Shahid Rafiq asked if they could be linked as friends to Unofficial England and we are more than happy to do so.   More information to be found about  BARA  here... BARA British Asian Rugby Ass


And finally our old friends at the East Terrace found out exactly how Andy kept his job?   Maybe we should buy him some new shoes?  How Andy Kept his Job


 Unofficial England Message Board

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