The fall out from England’s disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign has continued with outspoken fullback Mike Brown sensationally claiming he cannot trust any of his team-mates due to the number of stories leaking from the dressing room.
Sam Burgess quit Bath this week to return to South Sydney after it was revealed he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in an oil drilling company after being tipped off by England kit man Dave Tennison.
The story was the latest embarrassment following the team’s exit in the pool stages after defeats by Wales and Australia to become the first host nation not to qualify for the quarter-finals in the competition’s 28-year history.
There have also been heavy criticism for coach Stuart Lancaster from unnamed sources within the team and Brown has expressed his anger at details emerging of the shares fiasco being made public.
“There has been a story at the weekend which is absolutely ridiculous so the trust has gone now as far as I am concerned,” Brown told Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t think anyone was good enough in an England shirt to be piping up saying: ‘This was wrong, that was wrong’ and that sort of thing. If they are going to say something, I think they should put their name to it.
“That is going to make it even more difficult when we (the England squad) do meet up because I think the trust has been, as you can imagine, completely shot now.
“But it will come out who it was at the end of the day so it will be interesting when it does because I will be one of the first people to speak to them.”
While Lancaster’s future is under review, Brown believes whoever takes charge for England’s next assignment – next year’s Six Nations Championship – needs to make reconciling the squad a key priority.
“It is going to be hard for me to call anyone team-mates until we meet up,” he added. “Everything good is built on trust. Everything good at Harlequins is built on trust.
“There is no trust (with England) now, as far as I am concerned. But it will all get sorted out with whoever is in charge or whoever is there. It will get sorted out, to move the team forwards, it always does in team environments.”