Rugby Players' Association recommend 'stricter England regime'


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The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) have reportedly called for a stricter disciplinary regime within the England squad to avoid any repeat of the controversies which undermined the World Cup campaign.

Here are their five key recommendations, according to the Times newspaper:

:: Players must be accountable for their actions - no exceptions.

:: A much stricter regime needs to be enforced from the top down. Senior players should be treated the same as younger players. Exceptions should not be made.

:: A stronger message (be sent) that if you cross the line you will be punished.

:: A clear alcohol policy agreed.

:: Curfews if required.

According to the newspaper, the union concludes: "This report is not setting out to absolve the players from making mistakes, as they surely did both on and off the field.

"In a culture of honesty and success such as at Leicester Tigers, players need to accept their shortcomings in what has to be seen as a golden opportunity gone begging."