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Last Updated: Friday, 24 November 2006, 13:14 GMT
Remove England deadwood - Zinzan
By Bryn Palmer

Coach Andy Robinson and captain Martin Corry at England training this week
Robinson and Corry will be under further scrutiny on Saturday
All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke says England should consider changing their coach and captain to get rid of the "cancer" that has crept into the team.

The positions of Andy Robinson and Martin Corry will be under review after Saturday's Test against South Africa.

"I have been a big supporter of Corry but I think there seems to be a bit of cancer in the team," Brooke said.

"I think you could keep Corry in there but if you change the coach you should change the captain at the same time."

Rugby Football Union elite director Rob Andrew said last week before the victory over the Springboks that the process of "finding a World Cup captain was on-going".

I just can't believe the state English rugby is in

Zinzan Brooke
Brooke advocated the leadership skills of Phil Vickery as a possible alternative for the Six Nations, even if he believes the Wasps prop could do without the extra responsibility at the moment.

"I don't think it is the right time really," he told BBC Sport. "He hasn't got enough game time yet since his comeback. You don't want to run him into the ground now."

With only 10 more Tests after Saturday before next year's World Cup, Brooke believes England are in "total disarray".

"I just can't believe the state English rugby is in at the moment," he added.

"I am just about at the point where I don't really care any more. The games they are playing are just rubbish.

"There is the whole debate still going on over whether Robinson should go, or should he have gone before? What are they going to do now if he wins this game on Saturday?

Their general play last week was rubbish

Zinzan Brooke
"Is he going to keep his position until the World Cup? Or are they going to turn around and sack him anyway?

"That seems to be the talking point, but then who replaces him? And who is going to be the captain?

"It is hardly ideal 10 months out from the World Cup, but England shouldn't be thinking about the World Cup.

"They should just be thinking about the next game, against South Africa, and then addressing things for the Six Nations.

"Josh Lewsey probably single-handedly saved England from disaster last week. The only positive thing was the impact the likes of Vickery and Chris Jones made in the second half.

"The bench probably turned the game but from the point of view of their general play, it was rubbish."

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