Quotes such as:
"We desperately needed Brian Ashton to step in and sort it out but it was like he was frozen – a rabbit in the headlights – watching all this chaos take place..."and
"The training sessions were shambolic – they were like run-arounds, not properly targeted World Cup training sessions, there was no feedback from the coaches, none of us knew what we were supposed to be doing and Brian seemed happy to think that Jonny Wilkinson would sort it all out on the pitch..."
are all attributed to these "four senior players" who all, conveniently, remain anonymous.
"The players told Ashton: 'Grab this f***ing tournament by the scruff of the
neck or we're all going home'..."