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RUGBY might re­gard foot­ball as a gen­tle­men’s game played by hooli­gans, but Sh­effield United boss Nigel Clough has proved that such dis­re­spect is not mu­tual.

In­stead, he is ad­vis­ing his play­ers to learn from other team sports, no­tably the on­go­ing Six Na­tions and the Cricket World Cup in Aus- tralia and New Zealand.

Clough be­lieves cre­at­ing some in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion in the Blades squad be­tween de­fend­ers and at­tack­ers could prove ben­e­fi­cial as they look to tighten their grip on a top­six spot.

He said: “In cricket, bats­men will look to score runs and then, if the bowlers don’t take the wickets, they’ll want to know why or vice-versa.

“In rugby you see the same thing be­tween the for­wards and the backs.

“There’s noth­ing wrong with that so long as it’s all con­struc­tive and within the right frame­work.

“It’s that ruth­less streak you need to achieve.”

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