England rugby legend lays into Manchester City, he's less than impressed - Ruck

England rugby legend lays into Manchester City, he’s less than impressed

Former England rugby star and TNT Sports pundit Austin Healey expressed his thoughts on Manchester City’s fourth consecutive Premier League title.

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City secured their place in history by defeating West Ham 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, becoming the first team to win the English league title four years in a row.

This achievement comes 15 months after City were charged with 115 Premier League violations for alleged financial irregularities, which they vehemently deny.

Earlier this season, both Everton and Nottingham Forest faced point deductions for breaching profit and sustainability regulations. However, there is no update on when City’s case will be resolved.

Healey shared on X: “As an Everton fan, and given the points deduction we received this season, I find it very difficult to admire Man City, though I should, as it’s a huge achievement.”

One fan responded: “100%. Man City have achieved everything as a result of potential cheating. They should be charged, and each charge worked through. Based on Everton’s experience, relegation is a clear option. The sooner, the better.”

Another remarked: “Admire them like Saracens or Lance Armstrong!”

 England get easy pool for 2027 Rugby World Cup

The men’s Rugby World Cup 2027 in Australia will feature 24 teams after the World Rugby Council approved historic re-imagination of the competition format, window and timing.

Reflecting World Rugby’s mission to increase the global competitiveness, reach, impact and value of international rugby, the 11th edition of the men’s pinnacle event will see the world’s top teams compete for the right to lift the Webb Ellis Cup across six weeks from 1 October to 13 November, 2027.

The new format will feature six pools of four teams, with a round of 16 added prior to the quarter-finals.

This will enable the tournament window to be reduced from seven to six weeks, while promoting a rhythm that builds momentum across the pool phase and respects the same minimum number of rest days between matches as at France 2023.

If the 2027 Rugby World Cup Draw was made tomorrow, this is what the Pools may look like (based on rankings)

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)


  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)


  • Ireland
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Chile
James Lowe of Ireland during the Autumn Nations Cup match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on November 21 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK