PARIS, 21 October - Comments from Rugby Football Union elite rugby director Rob Andrew (ENG) on Sunday.
Rob Andrew – RFU elite rugby director
On the next steps for England rugby:
"Two things, one I think we should reflect on what the guys have achieved. We have enormous pride in what they have achieved. They have put in an enormous effort in more ways than one. If you talk to everyone even behind the scenes, you know it was a phenomenal effort to get to where they have. We should be very proud.
"The second thing is to say we will review the world cup properly and correctly in due course and we will look to move forward. I don't think now is the time to say where next, we have to say well done to the guys."
On the timetable for England rugby in the next few months:
"I'm not going to give a detailed timetable. We have a review process set up that will take place in November and then we can look at that and make decisions afterwards. I am not going to be held to deadlines for myself or Brian or the Union."
On his assessment of England rugby:
"There's the four year plan and there's the four week plan. These guys have gone down the four week plan in terms of what's happened. It was an incredible turnaround, that's not to say a lot of work hasn't gone on in the last four months.
"Everyone knows it hasn't been a four year plan. It was out of people's control in terms of the relationship with the Premiership but we've spent a lot of time in the last 12 months sorting that out.
"We can look forward to the next two world cups with some stability between the Union and championships. We have to get the relationship with clubs in place and continue the work of bringing young players through and make sure they get the right exposure at the top end of the game."
"We said we saw in the last 12 months a couple of really good players coming through the game in England, hopefully they will continue to mature."
On his assessment of Brian Ashton (ENG) as a coach:
"Brian and I have been talking all through the tournament. Brian made clear his position to me and we will work over next few weeks to sort out where we are going in the future. It's less than 24 hours after a phenomenal world cup campaign. Everybody needs to go home and reflect and relax."
"To be fair we are doing it properly. Brian is very comfortable with what's going on. We know exactly where we are.
"After the South Africa game our position hasn't changed, when half of you wanted Martin Johnson managing the England side."
"We have been talking about it all the way through. Three years prior it was eight defeats from nine. When Brian took over it was a hospital pass. Nine months out from the world cup England was in disarray, complete disarray.
"Everyone worked incredibly hard through the Six Nations, through the South Africa tour and then into an extremely tough world cup campaign, seven weeks of build up given the amount of training and the selection process to get to a 30-man squad has been very, very demanding. They all deserve the highest praise for what they have done. This group of England players is as great as any group of England players we've ever had."