Eddie Jones’ boss has promised the review into England’s Six Nations flop will be transparent and findings won’t be swept under the carpet.
RFU chief exec Bill Sweeney is aware of the perception that Jones is a law unto himself – but rejects it.
He insists that whatever comes of the post-mortem into England’s worst championship for 45 years, the Australian will be called to account.
Sweeney said: “At this level of sport, performance is everything. Momentum can shift in a moment.
“You can go from one week to the next and you can start to have concerns along the lines of ‘is this a problem?’ Is this fixable? Is this a trend? Is this something that we are in control of?
“If we had concerns and worries going through the summer, then we would act on it one way or the other.”
Sweeney knows what consistency looks like having worked closely with the All Blacks for eight years during his time with adidas.
He does not need telling that two fifth placed finishes for England in three years, following back-to-back titles, fits in the boom-and-bust category.
“We have very high aspirations and if you come out the wrong end you have got to be able to decide if that is bad luck or if there is a reason for coming up short,” he said.
“There is no reason for us to sweep things under the carpet, no reason why we wouldn’t have a thorough and honest de-brief.
“We want to get better and better. We want to win World Cups. We want to win Grand Slams. We want to win consecutive Six Nations.
“Look how it feels when we don’t. It is miserable. You don’t sleep as well. It affects all sorts of things.
“So we want to get to the nub of it to make sure that we can be as successful as we possibly can.”
One of the key areas of investigation will be Jones’ decision to retain the Saracens’ spine of his England team following the club’s relegation and absence of matches.
Owen Farrell, Billy and Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje and Elliot Daly were all way below their best.
George and Daly were eventually dropped, while Mako was hooked at half-time in Ireland.
“You’re right to point out the form of the Saracens players,” Sweeney accepted. “That is something that we need to dig into in the debrief.
“Clearly that will be one of the topics and what went with that, around that, what are the implications going forward.”
Asked if he now regretted the treatment of Saracens, given the colossal impact it had on England’s fortunes, Sweeney sighed: “Life is always a lot easier with hindsight.”
He recalled how the initial punishment of a 35-point penalty was later doubled by Premiership chiefs to make absolutely sure the fallen champions did not avoid relegation.
“At the time, the Myners report was going on and there was a sense in Premiership Rugby that a really hard line needed to be taken for the credibility of the game,” Sweeney said.
“In hindsight, would it have been easier for all parties concerned if it had stayed at 35 point deduction and not the 70? It’s hypothetical now. It is what it is.”