Wood under fire over captaincy comments

Date published: October 15 2015

England flanker Tom Wood has been accused of undermining embattled captain Chris Robshaw.

Wood is one of the front-runners to succeed Robshaw if the Harlequins flanker is replaced following England's disappointing World Cup campaign in which they were eliminated in the pool stages following defeats to Wales and Australia.

The Rugby Football Union have said they will not rush into making decisions over the future of head coach Stuart Lancaster, and Robshaw is unlikely to know his fate before a call is made on Lancaster.

This has not prevented media speculation surrounding the England captaincy, and Wood has been asked to address suggestions that he should take over the reins.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Wood said of the captaincy: "We'll cross that bridge if we come to it. If I was asked to do it for the benefit of the team, I'd consider it very carefully and probably front up.

"I haven't been asked and I don't resent that. I love playing for England and take every opportunity as it comes."

Wood's comments didn't go down well with Robshaw's Quins team-mate Dave Ward, who tweeted: Reading @tomwood678 article in the Mail, with friends like that who needs enemies. How about the 47 pens you gave against Wales…”

Wood did not take Ward's comments lightly, and insisted that he had done nothing wrong, and looked to end the argument through a phone call. Ward wasn't having any of it though, and after the pair traded tweets he posted a video of him ripping the ball off Wood in a Premiership encounter, adding: "lesson No1 how to turn the ball over.."