Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup
 
 
 
 

Players Union Boss furious over leaked reports


Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011


England's Players' union chief Damian Hopley has reacted with fury and disbelief after the "disgraceful" leaking of confidential England Rugby World Cup Review reports in The Times.

The reports contained anonymous statements from the England players who took part in England's failed Rugby World Cup campaign.

Rugby Players Association chief executive Hopley said in a release,"I am absolutely devastated that our RPA members' trust has been so publicly betrayed."

"Players voluntarily took part in these interviews and gave their honest and frank assessment of England's Rugby World Cup Campaign.

"The aim was to be completely open and transparent and players should be respected for refusing to shy away from some of the problems encountered.

"Players were critical of themselves, of the coaching team and of the RFU and its leadership."

"Their determination was for everyone to be accountable and take responsibility for the disappointing showing in the Rugby World Cup. "Many comments were understandably robust because they knew England had not performed as they could have and the players are committed to getting things right for the future."

Hopley is particularly angered by the way that his members trust was violated by the release after they were given assurances that their feedback would be totally confidential.

"No sooner has the report been sent to the Board Members than it appears in a national newspaper.

"If England wants to regain its status as a respected rugby nation, it is imperative that we stop the rot at the top of the game and show some much needed integrity. What example does this set to the game? It is an absolute disgrace."

"It was the lack of faith in the system and process being confidential that saw many players shy away from completing the RFU questionnaires in the first place and, perhaps not surprisingly, their mistrust has been proven to be correct.

Hopley says that a full investigation must be done to find out who leaked the three reports and for that person to be dealt with.

"We cannot ignore that once again there has been a serious breach of confidentiality. We are demanding a detailed investigation to track down the source of the leak and deal appropriately with that person.

"If we are serious about destroying the porous culture in our game, then we need to introduce tougher security measures to weed out these self-serving people once and for all."

bet365
 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
Clermont beat Saracens to reach European final
Clermont gained revenge for last year's European exit by beating Saracens 13-9 in the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-final at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to book a place in the final.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Clermont coach not worried about Saracens history
European Champions Cup Semi-final teams named
Vunipola free to play for Saracens against Clermont

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Northampton sign South African centre Howard
Aviva Premiership Rugby club Northampton Saints have announced the signing of South African centre Pat Howard from Cape Town, South Africa for next season.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Burgess joins elite group of Premiership players
Exeter Chiefs complete Northampton double
Varndell shines as Wasps thump London Welsh

More Aviva Premiership News

Anglo Welsh Cup News
Six Nations Rugby
Ritchie: England finishing second is 'not acceptable'
Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie has said that England's fourth consecutive runners-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable".
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Frenzied 6N finale sends World Cup warning
Mike Brown slams lacklustre Italy and Scotland
Ireland end 60 year wait for back to back titles

More Six Nations Rugby News

 
Rugby Week Sponsor
 
 
Rugby World Cup Video Highlights