Statement: Sir Clive Woodward reveals why he's quit ITV ahead of Six Nations - Ruck

Statement: Sir Clive Woodward reveals why he’s quit ITV ahead of Six Nations

England’s World Cup-winning coach, Sir Clive Woodward, has shockingly stepped down from his enduring punditry role at ITV, a mainstay in their Six Nations coverage for nearly a decade.

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In an exclusive statement to The Times, Woodward revealed his decision, stating, “It has been a fantastic time, but I now want to concentrate on other things.”

“I would like to thank the ITV Sport team and my fellow panellists and co-commentators for so many great games and happy memories, and wish everyone the very best for an exciting Six Nations campaign.”

Despite ITV expressing disappointment, he emphasised his desire to exit on a high note post the Rugby World Cup.

Woodward assured fans he would still be present at Twickenham, but this time as a spectator and fervent supporter.


Wayne Barnes call for three changes to ‘improve rugby’

Discover the three significant changes Barnes advocates for rugby union in the current landscape, aiming to enhance the game’s appeal and competitiveness.

Read his full column for The Telegraph by clicking here.

Change one: Referee reviewers must encourage the game to flow

He wrote in his column: “With the game crying out for less stoppages and for more attacking rugby, a general philosophy around allowing the game to flow should be the focus of what the selectors are feeding back to match officials.”

RUCK Judgment: Spot on – it just makes sense that referees are recognised for promoting gameplay rather than enforcing rules to the extent that the game halts more frequently than in American Football.

Referee, Wayne Barnes during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on 29 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK