Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Shea: Get the crap out on the table

Conor O'Shea
Conor O'Shea

Conor O'Shea believes England must vent their frustrations and "get the crap out onto the table" to repair the trust shattered by the World Cup failure.

Harlequins boss O'Shea backed full-back Mike Brown's comments that he no longer trusts his England colleagues after a series of leaked stories following their abysmal World Cup showing.

Brown's remarks will make for interesting conversations when England meet in the new year to start preparations for the RBS 6 Nations.

But O'Shea still insists Brown was right to break ranks and criticise other squad members for allowing behind-the-scenes events - such as the allegation that kit man Dave Tennison offered players bad financial advice - to leak out.

"If you don't get the crap out onto the table you will never move on," said O'Shea.

"That is the best way to break the ice. From Browny's point of view, before he went to do the interview he said 'I have something to say and I will say it'.

"And fair play. They can move on very easily - they get together, don't over-egg it, far from it, embrace it. Mike Brown was 100 per cent right to say what he did. I wish a lot of people would say what they feel.

"Dick Best used to coach here and one of his great sayings was 'you bury your own dead'.

"I am sure they would all make changes, everyone would with hindsight. Maybe not stay in the hotel the whole time; you do this and that, but don't comment about things."

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