Captain, what Captain?

It’s not long since Rugby Union finally swallowed its pride and followed its sporting twin Rugby League to become a professional code. But, Matthew Engel argues, with that professionalism has come the downgrading of the status of the Captain now that real power (on and off the pitch) is moving in inexorably towards the coach. Indeed he goes further saying that all English code team games are rapidly following the American style ‘machine’ model. And the captain is rapidly becoming a mere chattel of the coach.