"Arrogant a***" - Will Greenwood was sent abuse in the mail pre-social media - Ruck

“Arrogant a***” – Will Greenwood was sent abuse in the mail pre-social media

In a candid revelation, England’s midfield maestro Will Greenwood has disclosed that he once found himself on the receiving end of handwritten abuse in the pre-social media era.

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The rugby star recounted the experience of receiving a physical letter filled with vitriol, shedding light on the dark side of fan interaction before the digital age.

Greenwood shared the letter on social media, writing: “Pride of place on my desk. Pre Social Media. Hand written abuse.

“I love it. Reminds me everyday to be “kind”. To the anonymous writer – still appreciate the words!!.”

Commenting on the post, former teammate Austin Healey wrote: “I’m glad you kept it, I remember writing it and thinking maybe I’d gone too far but glad it helped x”

Will Carling added: “I apologise – was in a bad place when I wrote that …….”

The letter read:


You are a fu**ing arrogant arse and too self-evidently blind to see the harm which your attitude is doing to the game of rugby.

Grow up.


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia), replaced by Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand), replaced by Owen Farrell (England)

Owens praised Farrell as a player on numerous occasions.

On one occasion he wrote: “I can only speak from my own experience of refereeing him and, when I did, he was an excellent captain to deal with.

“I have a huge amount of respect for him as a player and a person. He always knew where the line was with me.

“I would say to him that he could always come and talk to me as long as it was at the right time and in the right tone and he always did that.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”