2011 18/11
England's RWC squad to face more questions

England's under-fire Rugby World Cup squad may need to dust off the formal shirts once more, as they prepare to face the "most comprehensive review ever undertaken", BBC News reports.

The English squad had reasonably poor run in this year's World Cup, losing to eventual finalists France in the Quarter Finals. However, it will be England's antics off the field for which they will most certainly be remembered.

With claims made against the team of drunken behaviour and even a sexual harassment case, the team's reputation was in tatters, something only compounded by the poor on-field showing.

Now, following captain Mike Tindall's unprecedented £25,000 fine and removal from the England squad, as well as further fines for Chris Ashton, James Haskell and Manu Tuilagi, the RFU looks set to be the subject of a thorough review by the Professional Game Board (PGB).

Over the coming weeks, the 12-man PGB will question those involved, with a deadline of November 30th to give their results to the RFU for consideration.

Speaking to of the review, PGB chairman Ian Metcalfe explained: "The PGB will review England's Rugby World Cup campaign and will incorporate detailed interview input from all three elements; the England coaching and support set-up, the England players and the nine clubs providing players to the England RWC squad.

"It will be the most comprehensive review ever undertaken of an England tournament performance."


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