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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Woodward welcomes Robinson choice
Sir Clive Woodward (left) and Andy Robinson
Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has welcomed the appointment of Andy Robinson as his replacement.

"I'm very, very pleased for Andy. He really deserves the appointment and he'll have my full support from the outside," said Woodward.

"I'm sure they've chosen the right man for the job and I look forward to seeing how he gets on.

"You've got to keep on moving forward and I'm sure Andy Robinson is the right man to do that."

Robinson's appointment was praised by England captain Jonny Wilkinson.

"Andy is an outstanding coach and an incredible leader," said Wilkinson, who was made captain by Robinson last week.

"I know I speak for the whole of the England squad when I say we are thrilled he will be in charge.

"He commands respect from the pitch and in the England changing room, and there is not a player I know that doesn't want to give him 100%."

Woodward, who had always backed Robinson to take over from him, was speaking at Loughborough University after being awarded an honorary degree.

Woodward and Robinson were both at Loughborough and Woodward said: "It's great that another Loughborough graduate has got the job.

"A lot of the team are selected from Loughborough. It's good that another graduate of Loughborough has the chance to move things forward."


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