How Sir Clive Woodward once tried to use Peter Crouch in a lineout - Ruck

How Sir Clive Woodward once tried to use Peter Crouch in a lineout

Sir Clive Woodward once pondered hoisting Peter Crouch up in a rugby-style lineout according to the legendary England centre forward.

“Sir Clive Woodward was appointed technical director in 2005 and the local paper thought the best way to mark this occasion was to doodle a cartoon of Yours Truly being hoisted by two team-mates from a corner as if I was rising at a lineout. Fair play to them, very amusing,” wrote Crouch in his column for the Mail Online.

“Clive — who allegedly believed we should be scoring from eight or nine corners out of 10 — has since said that he saw that cartoon and wondered if it was actually possible.

“I remember some chat that he had floated the idea around the club. He apparently asked if it was illegal. I’m guessing it isn’t. Presumably we’ll never know.

“I cannot believe I’m even discussing this, but the reason it wouldn’t work is that — as someone who has headed a few balls and scored from some of those — you need perfect trajectory. “

EDITORS PICKS:

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BACK-THREE:

Freddie Steward, Max Malins and Adam Radwan

Woodward wrote: “Steward is a fearless giant who commands the airway but also has the football skills the modern day full back requires.”

Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

CENTRES:

Henry Slade and Manu Tuilagi

Woodward wote: “Slade is becoming the midfield fulcrum and boss for England”

Manu Tuilagi of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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