Martin Johnson quits as England rugby manager

FORMER World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson has stepped down as England manager following the country’s disappointing World Cup campaign in New Zealand.

The ex-Leicester player was appointed England team manager in April 2008 and led his country to the Six Nations crown earlier this year.

“It’s been a fantastic three and a half years and I have worked with some fantastic players and a great coaching group,” said Johnson.

“After a great year where we have won 10 out of 13 games, ultimately we are disappointed with how we ended at the World Cup.

“It’s not a knee-jerk reaction, it’s a considered thoughtful decision that I have come to.

“We have made great strides over the last 18 months, won a Six Nations and won in Cardiff and Dublin for the first time in eight years but ultimately we did not play well enough on the day against France (in the World Cup) and that was a big disappointment.”

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