Ex-rugby coach Woodward to tackle the 'Today' show

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Editors of BBC Radio 4's Today programme have chosen their first "guest editor" from the world of sport.

Sir Clive Woodward, the former England rugby union manager, will get to set the agenda on the station's flagship news programme next week.

Sir Clive, who has recently added the role of sports director at the British Olympic Association to his impressive CV, is likely to put the 2012 Olympics high on his agenda.

A former Bath and England centre, Sir Clive was until recently director of football at the Championship club Southampton.

The Olympics message will also find an outlet on Radio 4 next Thursday when key 2012 figures appear on an Olympics special edition of You and Yours. Paul Deighton, the former Goldman Sachs banker turned chief executive of the Games organising committee, will appear alongside Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Mr McNulty was thrust into the limelight this month when he was forced to admit that the cost of the 2012 Games would rise "substantially".

The recruitment of prominent "guest editors" from public life began in 2003 and has embraced politics, music and the arts, but until now it had not included a figure from sport.

The guest editors have been invited to commission items for an edition of the programme in the last week of December. These usually reflect their social or cultural interests. At the end of the programme, the guest editor is interviewed by a member of the regular presenting team about the experience.

Yoko Ono was recently confirmed to be on the roster for next year.