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Lewsey blasts England coaches

Former England fullback Josh Lewsey has launched a stinging attack on the current manager Martin Johnson and his coaching staff in the run up to Saturday's showdown with New Zealand at Twickenham.

Lewsey, who either played alongside side or worked with the majority of the current England, setup pulled no punches in his assessment of the work carried out over the last 16 months by Johnson, Brian Smith, John Wells, Mike Ford, Graham Rowntree and Jonathan Callard.

'Just look at what London Irish have done since Brian Smith left, and he didn't achieve anything at Test level when he played,' the former Wasps player told the London 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?'

The World Cup winner continued: '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 and coaches.'

Johnson and his team are under increasing pressure to start delivering results from a misfiring and disjointed England squad but the All Blacks will be in no mood to lend a helping hand on Saturday.

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