Sports Letter: Defending the flag

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The Independent Online
Sir: Why does Alan Watkins in his rugby column (30 November) continue to denigrate the English national team? His reference to the 'magnificence' of the English team, followed by his assertion that luck was on their side, smacked of damning with faint praise. He maintained that New Zealand would have won comfortably if a 'try' had been incorrectly allowed and their main goal-kicker had been playing, but this (apart from stating the blindingly obvious) carries no weight, given that England themselves were without three key players.

It seems that Mr Watkins' prejudice is becoming ingrained, if his latest comments are anything to go by.

Yours sincerely,



30 November