Lewsey attacks England’s assistant coaches

England’s coaches have come under fire from former England star and World Cup winner Josh Lewsey who puts the blame for England’s lack of success on Martin Johnson’s assistants.

The former London Wasps and England back Lewsey has played in two world cup semi finals and would have made it two world cup finals had he not been injured playing against France in the 2007 World cup semi final.

“Just look at what London Irish have done since Brian Smith left, and he didn’t achieve anything at Test level when he played,” Lewsey told London’s Evening Standard.

“Mike Ford didn’t win anything, while John Wells never played international rugby.”

“Wells’s achievements as a coach are terrible – what justifies these people keeping their jobs?

“Yes, Wells and Ford helped England to reach the World Cup final in 2007, but I would counter that it didn’t have anything to do with them because the players took charge and decided how we were going to play.

“England are the best resourced and biggest Union in the world, yet Wales have greater playing depth.”

England scrum coach Graham Rowntree hit back at Lewsey saying, “I’m sick of hearing criticism about Wellsy, who is one of the best practitioners around,”

“He’s getting fingered for a lot of things and it’s uncalled for.”

Smith took responsibility for England’s limited early approach against Argentina, a ploy shaped by the weather conditions. “In hindsight, I wish I’d kept my mouth shut,” Smith said.

England are still bullish about the self-belief within the camp.

“We’ve got to get the lads up for it,” Rowntree told the Telegraph.

“Let’s be frank – we’ve nothing to lose.”

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