Brittle, last week omitted from the negotiations with the top English clubs after seeing Cotton resign as RFU vice-chairman, has left little doubt as to Woodward's intentions. He confirmed: "Clive will not be resigning as coach."
Brittle, the management board chairman, remains in his post but will miss Cotton's support after the latter's decision to give up a job that involved close liaison with Woodward and the England squad.
Woodward is distressed at Cotton's decision and wants him to come back. He said: "I can't think of many people I can work with. Cliff and Fran are the two men the England players relate to. But I am not a quitter, though I would not have taken the job unless I knew that Fran would be there in support."
Saracens retain the side that started their victorious Tetley's Bitter Cup semi-final at Northampton for their Good Friday Premiership One match at Bath. The centre Philippe Sella has recovered from a leg injury, and scrum-half Kyran Bracken is fit from a long-standing shoulder problem. Mike Catt has recovered from the hamstring injury he received on England duty last week and is included in Bath's line-up.
Scotland will be represented by their two "super-districts" in the Heineken European Cup next season after the tournament organisers agreed to the Scottish Rugby Union's request to enter the newly created sides. Scotland will field a combined Edinburgh-Scottish Borders team and a Caledonia- Glasgow side. The SRU's general committee took the decision to cut the number of districts by half a fortnight ago with the number of professional players cut by around 60-70.Reuse content