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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 October 2007, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
WRU chiefs should resign - Hall
WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis
WRU chief Roger Lewis should accept responsibility says Mike Hall
Ex-Wales captain Mike Hall has called on the likes of Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive Roger Lewis to share the blame for Wales' poor World Cup.

"The first thing they do to get themselves off the hook is sack the coach," Hall told the Scrum V show.

"They made Gareth Jenkins the scapegoat and that left a bad taste in my mouth.

"We need to change the structure at the top and it starts with Roger Lewis, some of those boys should have been falling on their swords."

He added: "For me it's not about who the next coach is going to be.

"We're like a battered-up car - it doesn't matter if (Formula One racing drivers) Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso is driving it, it's still a battered-up car."

While accepting that the larger portion of blame had to be shouldered by Jenkins, Hall was also unhappy with the speed with which the former Llanelli Scarlets coach was sacked.

Lewis and WRU chairman David Pickering gave Jenkins the news at the team hotel in France on the morning after Wales' loss to Fiji ended their World Cup hopes.


"It was dreadful the way they got rid of him, at least allow the man the dignity to travel back to Wales and do it properly," Hall said.

"Whatever you say about Gareth Jenkins, he's had a fantastic coaching career in Wales.

"Yes, he made mistakes that got us knocked out of the tournament early, but the bloke wore his heart on his sleeve, he was very passionate about Welsh rugby.

"So I feel we have lost something there, even though he probably had to go in the end."

The WRU is searching for a new Wales coach from abroad although Jenkins' assistant, Nigel Davies, will be caretaker coach for the 24 November Test with new world champions South Africa.

Springbok coach Jake White, plus New Zealanders Robbie Deans, Warren Gatland, Steve Hansen and Ian Foster are all understood to have been approached.

A new coach would almost certainly bring in his own backroom staff and Hall fears that Jenkins' assistants will pay the price.

Jenkins is unlikely to be able to find a coaching job in Wales, while Hall fears that Davies, Neil Jenkins, Robin McBryde and Rowland Phillips will also have to find their next jobs abroad.

"If a new coach comes in, say Jake White, and he decides to get rid of all those boys who have been there, then that would be a loss for Wales overall," Hall said.

"They would have learnt an awful lot through this World Cup; yes, it's been a massive disappointment but they're all very young men in coaching terms.

"All these boys are the next generation of Welsh coaches, so we must find a way of keeping them in the game in Wales.

"Whether that is in their specific roles I don't know, that's a job for the hierarchy of the WRU to decide.

"If not you're throwing the baby out with the bath water if you do that, because they've just started their coaching careers.

"Possibly the mistake was putting them all in there in one group around Gareth.

"If you look at South Africa there's Jake White and Eddie Jones alongside him, New Zealand have Graham Henry and Steve Hansen - all very experienced men at the top and that's what Wales needs."

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