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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 September, 2004, 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK
Robinson eyes England job
Andy Robinson is the acting England rugby coach after Sir Clive Woodward's resignation
Robinson was Woodward's assistant
Caretaker England rugby coach Andy Robinson has confirmed he intends to apply for the job full-time.

Robinson took over as acting coach when Sir Clive Woodward, who guided England to World Cup glory, resigned last week.

"I wouldn't have taken on the acting role if I didn't think I was good enough to get the main job," said Robinson, who was Woodward's assistant.

"I'm putting a proposal to the board next week and hopefully that proposal will be accepted."

English rugby chief Francis Baron says Robinson is the front runner to permanently replace Woodward.

We need to take the shackles off, get on the pitch and become excited about what we're trying to do
Acting coach Andy Robinson

"He has been working with the head coach for four years. He is in pole position for the job," said Baron.

But Baron insisted Robinson would go through the same interview process as the other candidates for the role.

"It is important in my view, and I know Andy agrees, that Andy goes through the process," said Baron.

"There are a number of issues that you have to consider in appointing an England head coach.

"Andy will be much stronger by having gone through that process rather than being offered the job on an undisputed basis.

"We're not going to hang about on this, the process will be underway very shortly and hopefully we can come to reasonably quick conclusion."

If Robinson is to get the job full-time he will have to impress a five-man Club England panel, which will then consult with Baron.

They will then make a joint recommendation to the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) management board.

The Club England panel will chaired by former England captain John Spencer.

The other members will be RFU performance director Chris Spice, former England captains Fran Cotton and Bill Beaumont and ex-England centre Simon Halliday.




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