A sneaky way to get one over on Eng­land

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Ed­die JOnes’s con­cerns about Welsh skul­dug­gery be­fore the eng­land rugby team’s game against Wales in Cardiff are not new or, i sus­pect, a one-way phe­nom­e­non. some years ago, this led to one of the most bizarre in­ci­dents i’ve en­coun­tered. A group of us were play­ing tennis at an in­door cen­tre in Cardiff, since closed. Through a win­dow next to the cafe­te­ria, i saw then eng­land head coach Martin John­son, fol­lowed by for­wards coach Gra­ham rown­tree, plus the eng­land pack, walk past. sec­onds later, th­ese huge, some­what men­ac­ing fig­ures in track­suits silently lum­bered into the hall car­ry­ing their equip­ment. They then took up res­i­dence on a court on the far side of the oth­er­wise empty com­plex. We didn’t know then that the eng­land camp had told the me­dia they were re­luc­tant to con­duct their li­ne­out drills on a pub­lic pitch in case Welsh spies cracked their jump­ing codes. so this had been their so­lu­tion. A hand­ful of us stayed to watch pro­ceed­ings but, be­ing sport­ing peo­ple, re­sisted the temp­ta­tion to tip off the press. We had been hon­ourable, but we felt some­thing had been done for the Welsh cause when the cen­tre’s man­ager later told us he had charged the eng­land party dou­ble the nor­mal amount for the hire of the court. Per­haps ed­die Jones heard about this in­ci­dent and that was why he re­acted the way he did! Colin Drury, Di­nas Powys, Vale of Glam­or­gan.

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