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Monday, October 25, 1999 Published at 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK

Woodward must stay, says Hill

"I want Clive to continue because he's the right man," says Hill

England coach Clive Woodward should stay in the job, according to flanker Richard Hill.

Woodward's future has been called into question following his side's quarter-final exit from the World Cup, after they were defeated 44-21 by holders South Africa in Paris on Sunday.

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Woodward has continually asked to be judged on his World Cup performance, but Hill said the coach should not shoulder the blame and wants him to continue in his role.

"I want Clive to continue in the job because he's the right man," Hill was quoted as saying in London's Evening Standard newspaper.

"He's laid on everything possible for this squad and we lost the quarter-final against South Africa because of a team performance - it wasn't down to any individual.

"We had every specialist we could hope for in this cup challenge and there aren't any excuses. We are not into that sort of thing. You need a strong man in charge and that's Clive.

"It would not be right for critics to have a go at just Clive, because it was the players on the pitch and we under-performed on the day.

"I want to be playing under Clive in the Six Nations Championship."

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