Austin Healey has made the radical proposal in order to improve players basic skills.
Former Leicester Tigers utility back, Austin Healy, has called on the RFU to use the £40 million generated during the World Cup to buy a Super Rugby Franchise.
Healey has made the proposal after the sides comprising the Rugby Championship dominated the World Cup. Indeed the former Lion argued in The Telegraph that England approach the game using an ‘antiquated mindset’. Healey went further, describing the skills on display during the opening rounds of the Aviva Premiership as ‘terrible – truly terrible. They have dropped off from where they were last season’.
As a result, Healey proposed that the RFU ‘buy out an existing Super Rugby franchise and fill it with English players they want to develop’. This he believes, would expose players to ‘different conditions, different environments and different ideas’.
The former England international claimed that backs who ‘maybe touch the ball 10 times a game’ would particularly benefit from playing Super Rugby. Exposing players to the southern hemisphere’s elite competition would also encourage them to ‘run at space rather than defenders’.
Healey’s proposal conflicts with Richard Cockerill’s suggestion that England should return to their traditional game, and focus on scrummaging and mauling.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena