There are numerous rumours emerging from the England camp that there have been some internal issues as a result of the excessive influence of Andy Farrell.

It is being reported that several players have spoken out claiming that Stuart Lancaster adopted a hands-off approach to coaching, instead leaving the majority of it to backs coach Andy Farrell.

Players were reportedly disappointed to see Sam Burgess selected over Luther Burrell who they believed had earned his place. They also believed Farrell tried to get the team playing like a rugby league side rather than a more traditional union approach.

The naming of Burgess not just in the squad, but also in the match day 23 at the World Cup was seen as divisive within the squad, and led many to question Farrell’s influence.


England presented a united front throughout the build up to the World Cup, but a flashpoint between Danny Cipriani and attacking skills coach Mike Catt occurred the day before the final 31-man squad was announced.

Shortly after being informed he was to be cut, a disappointed Cipriani was told to resume training and when his effort level was perceived to be below that required, he received a dressing down from Catt.

A row erupted and Cipriani received support from the players, who deemed Catt’s response to be too personal.

Former England captain Will Carling stated last week that former school teacher Lancaster presided over a “classroom-orientated environment” in which players were treated as “schoolboys”.

Whatever the situation, the fallout from England’s failure to reach the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup is sure to see a shake up of the current regime.