RFU shake-up hints at possible role for Woodward

Chief Executive of the Rugby Football Union, John Steele, is today expected to recommend significant changes to the structure of the organisation.

Steele launched a comprehensive review of the RFU when he replaced Francis Baron in charge at Twickenham four months ago. The former UK Sport chief executive set out to strengthen the management of the RFU in preparation for hosting the 2015 World Cup and will present his plans to the management board today.

Steele's recommendations will not affect the England set-up but an RFU spokesman said "tough decisions" have been taken at executive level.

Rob Andrew's position as England's elite rugby director is one of those to have come under scrutiny. Andrew is not expected to leave but it is likely his role will be redefined. Should Steele's plan be agreed a new position in the elite department would be created, a role it is thought would suit a figure like Sir Clive Woodward, England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach, who is currently the British Olympic Association's performance director.