RUGBY UNION Trophies after dinner

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RUGBY UNION

England will have to wait to get their hands on the Five Nations trophy should they defeat the Scots in front of a capacity Twickenham crowd on Saturday.

The Rugby Football Union has ruled out a presentation ceremony at the game, which will also decide the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and the Calcutta Cup, and instead the trophy will be handed over at the after-match dinner. Will Carling, the England captain, described the decision as "staggering".

The RFU argues that the West Stand is being rebuilt and with it the Royal Box. Any presentation would entail Prince Edward having to walk from the south-east corner across the pitch, which would pose a security risk.

Alan Watkins, page 29

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