Jason Leonard has praised England for shaking things up ahead of the autumn internationals but urged head coach Andy Robinson to go further.
England launch their twoyear build-up to the World Cup with Twickenham Tests against Australia, New Zealand and Samoa on consecutive November weekends.
Leonard, the world's most capped forward, is excited by the new-look squad Robinson has chosen and he likes the idea of England "slumming it" at Loughborough University instead of their palatial Pennyhill Park base.
But he wants to see new faces brought into the coaching staff to bring fresh ideas and a fresh approach to the squad.
"I have been a little bit surprised the coaching staff hasn't changed but Andy is a terrifically loyal person. This is his team and he will stick with them," said Leonard.
" You can't knock the coaches because they are class coaches - Andy Robinson, Phil Larder is one of the best in the world, Dave Alred is one of the best in the world.
"But perhaps someone else should be brought in as a different voice, a different focal point might have helped. It can improve or ignite a team in a different way."
Leonard would not thrust himself forward for the job - "I don't have the ego and I'd probably bore them all to tears," he said - but he is confident Robinson knows a bold new approach is required if England are to become the first side to retain the World Cup.
The move to Loughborough, where England recently enjoyed a four-day camp, is indicative of that.
"I think Andy has realised that what won us the World Cup in 2003 will not win us the World Cup in 2007," said Leonard.
"They know they need to shake this up a bit and will come prepared to training sessions and know things need to be done differently.
"Don't use the same training sessions all the time - break it up, mix it up, excite the players.
"The Pennyhill Park hotel is a great training base but the players are so well catered for there that it is quite nice to go away to Loughborough and given what they are used to, start slumming it.
"To appreciate what you have got, you need to be taken out of your comfort zone. The players must not be blas> about being in the England squad."
Leonard would not be drawn on making predictions for the season ahead, other than to state the importance of England performing well in the autumn to set a tone for the next two years.
But he is fully confident that Robinson, having shaped his own team instead of working with those players left from the Sir Clive Woodward era, is the right man to lead the campaign.
"He will always catch you for advice. I have been walking around in Bath and he has pulled over with his kids, jumped out and talked about things England are doing in training," said Leonard. "He is just that sort of bloke. He is very enthusiastic.
"It's very early days. You have a young squad there - a squad that should have been picked a year ago.
"The Six Nations favourites will be France and Wales and it'll be England and Ireland for third place.
"At the moment it's very hard to judge until you have had the autumn games because there are some tough Tests there for everyone."