England admits to cheating, RWC organisers does nothing

England’s campaign took a further dive on Thursday as they admitted that two of their coaches cheated during the game against Romania by switching balls.


Rugby World Cup Limited has issued the following statement in response to the Rugby Football Union statement below.

Rugby World Cup Limited is appreciative of the decisive and timely action of the RFU in response to the RWCL investigation into alleged misconduct for a breach of the Laws of the Game regarding the change of balls used for placekicks by the England team during the first half of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool B match against Romania in Dunedin on September 24.

RWCL recognises that the RFU has investigated this matter fully and taken appropriate action and therefore no further action is required by RWCL. RWCL accepts the RFU’s assurances that it will abide by both the Laws and the Spirit of the Game going forward, however it must be pointed out that any similar breaches in future will be dealt with severely.

RWCL will not be making any further comment on this matter.

RFU Statement

Following the England v Romania RWC 2011 match in Dunedin on September 24, Rugby World Cup Limited initiated an investigation into alleged misconduct for a breach of the Laws of the Game by the England team in relation to the change in the match ball used following a number of conversion kicks in the first half of the match. The RFU responded positively and expeditiously to the RWCL enquiries.

Having conducted a thorough internal review of the matter the RFU has determined the following:

1. Two members of the RFU RWC 2011 team management, David Alred and Paul Stridgeon, mistakenly thought that there was an issue with some of the match balls used in the England v Romania RWC 2011 match.

2. Those team management members took it upon themselves to substitute balls during the match in contravention of both the Laws of the Game and the Spirit of the Game.

3. The RFU fully accepts that the action of those team management members was incorrect and detrimental to the image of the tournament, the Game and to English Rugby.

4. The RFU has therefore decided to reprimand those team management members, to warn them as to their future conduct and to suspend them from participation in England’s next game, the match between England and Scotland. This suspension means that they will not be able to be in the stadium for that match in any capacity.

5. The RFU would like to assure RWCL and the IRB of its continued wholehearted support for the tournament and its rules and that the RFU and its team management and members will abide by both the Laws and the Spirit of the Game. The RFU hopes that RWCL is of the view that the RFU has taken appropriate action in this matter and that no further sanctions or actions are required.

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11 comments for “England admits to cheating, RWC organisers does nothing

  1. Profile photo of Pokkel
    September 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Did they switch the new RWC gilbert for one of the older versions? :Dawie:

  2. Profile photo of Deon
    September 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Reply to Pokkel @ 11:14 am:

    No. :lol: I don’t know what their (England’s) fuss is with the ball. The laws are clear and they should have known.

  3. Profile photo of onerb
    September 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Well clearly getting out of that one. Technically they should have forfeited the points.

    They are letting these guys take the fall and are covering it up big time.

  4. Profile photo of DavidS
    September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    What the f**k difference does it make … you have what two game balls … the huge fuss is because the conversion should be taken with the ball the try was scored with – where this effing genius rule comes from only the Brits alone will know but there must be some nanny state rule, like that it is unfair to have one team of school kids without any balls at any time.. the losers waiting for the conversion should be allowed to fondle a ball so their feelings aren’t hurt at having just conceded a five pointer.

    Storm … meet teacup…

  5. Profile photo of onerb
    September 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Reply to DavidS Bok on his heart not his shoulder @ 5:10 pm:

    O.k, I thought they used a ball from their own kit. You are right, no difference at all. Why are they wasting space in the rule book for nonsense like this.

  6. Profile photo of JT_BOKBEFOK!
    September 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Reply to onerb’s RAGING BULLS @ 5:15 pm:

    same here – I was under the impression they had a different ball…

  7. Profile photo of DavidS
    September 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Nope the story was on RWC mobi site right after the game already and said it was the issue of not using the ball the try was scored with… not using a completely new ball…

    Even then I thought it was a load of kak…

  8. Profile photo of Boertjie
    September 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm
  9. Profile photo of Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    September 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I think this just shows the English rugby mentality of entitlement and the IRB’s total inconsistantcy.

    Cheating is cheating and the team should forfiet the points.

    Really against Romania????

    This does not surprise me with rugby. They witheld the Samoan players, refs calling unheard of penalties(Bryce)and not been sanctioned, players not getting carded for spear tackles, forward passes…

    I think Paddie and his mates have made a trade off so the Kiwis can get the cup.

    Like the S15, this will be my last RWC. :Ollie: Rugby is killing itself with inconsistant emotional behaviour and personal political baise.

  10. Profile photo of Deon
    September 30, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Reply to Kevin_rack @ 12:39 am:

    Refer to Dawies post. 2 Matchballs available, same make, same everything. A silly law that I think is still in the laws since the days of the old leather balls.

    The only reason that I can think the Poms did this, is that the something changes in the ball if handle for a long period of time. But that is highly unlikely. It is not that the heat of the human hands will increase the pressure ala formula 1 tyres heating up.

    Non story. Dont under estimate how deep in the mud the journalists will dig to unsettle teams. Luckily the Boks are keeping their noses clean. Or maybe they are just too scared of pissing the Boks off

  11. Profile photo of JT_BOKBEFOK!
    September 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Reply to Deon @ 3:51 am:

    I found out a bit more on this. Before the game both team get match balls to train with, each team nominate 4 balls from these for match day which gives the game 8 matchballs (4 from each team).
    According to Gilbert each ball is the same but according to the kickers there are differences and in this case Wilko got the better kicking ball to go for posts – probably marked as such.
    Non Story in this game but what if this was the QF and the game is in the balance and it comes down to the last kick?


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