Former England Rugby Union Manager Sir Clive Woodward has criticised the RFU selection process - insisting it is wrong to exclude players who aren't playing in the Aviva Premiership.

Woodward believes that it shouldn't matter which country a player plays club rugby in - if they are good enough to play for England then they should be considered when it comes to the selection of the squad.

Woodward told the The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport 1: “If I was still head coach of England I would be stamping my feet pretty hard and saying, “Why are we doing this?” Logically I can’t see anything different to playing in Paris or Toulouse than playing in Exeter or Leicester.”

The RFU decided after the 2011 World Cup that in the future only players that are playing for clubs in England will be picked - much to the anger of Woodward who fails to see the logic in the decision. 

The former England head coach, who guided England to victory at the 2003 World Cup, also believes that football clubs should look more towards hiring a young manager.

The 58-year-old continued: "I think if you’re good enough and got the right knowledge the age shouldn’t matter. It’s more of a culture thing and I think one of the great breakthroughs for football could be to do something no-one has ever done, to start with a really young manager who you think has got the talent."  

Sir Clive Woodward was speaking on The Clare Balding Show, to see the full interview tune in to BT Sport 1 at 9pm on Saturday 11th January.

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