RFUSir Clive Woodward has ruled himself out of the Rugby Football Union’s Performance Director job.

“Since the Rugby Football Union announced its restructuring plan late last year, there has been considerable speculation that I might return to the RFU,” said Woodward in a statement.

“I have not participated in a formal interview for this position at any stage in the RFU process. ”

“From the outset I had made it clear to both Colin and Andy that I would only attend a formal interview with their full knowledge. ”

“I would like to express my thanks for their understanding over this situation and also for their considered views which have been greatly appreciated .

“In order to prevent any further speculation and in the interests of both the BOA and RFU I would like to formally confirm that I will not be attending any interviews for this position.

“I am totally committed to my role as director of sport at the British Olympic Association and deputy chef de mission for Team GB in London 2012.

“We have an historic opportunity ahead, when more than 500 of Britain’s most accomplished Olympic athletes will represent Team GB, at home, in the London 2012 Games.

“May I wish the RFU all the best in its search to find the appropriate candidate for this very important role for English rugby going forward.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Martin Johnson, his coaching team and all of his players every success, but especially for this year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, which all rugby fans are so looking forward to.”

Candidates are believed to include current England Saxons coach Stuart Lancaster and managing director of English Cricket Hugh Morris.