Clubs Warn Woodward: Shut Up or We'll Sue

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Clubs Warn Woodward: Shut Up or We'll Sue


Byline: PETER JACKSON

CLIVE WOODWARD is being threatened with legal action by England's First Division clubs in their escalating battle with the RFU for control of the players.

The clubs have sent England's coach a solicitor's letter, accusing him of allegedly encouraging the national squad to break their club contracts and warning him of the consequences.

The move, by EFDR (English First Division Rugby) Ltd, is the latest twist over what Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall called 'a fight to the death' - one provoked by the RFU's declaration to

reclaim the elite players from the clubs on a full-time basis.

'We have not only taken solicitors' advice on this matter but counsel advice, too,' said another First Division club chairman. 'We see Clive's remarks as a clear inducement to players to break their contracts.

'We are asking him to cease doing so forthwith. We are also asking him to give a cat-egoric assurance that he will not do so again, privately or publicly. He's on a sticky wicket.' Woodward, a club coach at Bath before his full-time appointment by the RFU last September, is adamant that England have no chance of winning the World Cup next year if the clubs continue to put what he regards as too heavy a demand on the top players.

He inherited a problem entirely of the RFU's making.

The internal struggle for power at Twickenham between chairman Cliff Brittle and former secretary Tony Hallett coincided with the biggest single bargaining tool being transferred from the RFU to the clubs.

The players' one-year England contracts ran out, leaving the clubs free to sign them. Woodward, his World Cup crusade at stake, has angered the clubs with his strident call for the players 'to stand up to their employers'.

He told Radio Five's Inside Edge programme, in an interview with Alastair Hignell: 'I want to know which players are prepared to front up to their clubs and say: "Look, I do want to play for England. I want to play in a World Cup winning team. I need your help and support".

'We will then find out whether the owners of the clubs are prepared to give a little bit. If they are saying "No, we have to play 50 games a season", that's fine, but don't think for one second we will win the World Cup.

'I will probably go and try to find some players who are prepared to stand up to their clubs.

'What I don't want to be doing is sitting down with a bunch of players after the World Cup saying: "If only we'd done this and done that. …

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