In the kickoff of the 2024 Six Nations, the iconic Lawrence Dallaglio took centre stage, gracing our screens as the ambassador for Motorway, the official sponsor of ITV’s Six Nations coverage.
This partnership continues Motorway’s sponsorship of primetime sports coverage, following their sponsorship of TNT Sports’ broadcast coverage of the Premier League for the 2023/2024 season.
Motorway, the UK’s fastest growing used car marketplace, will sponsor ITV’s live coverage of the tournament, encompassing broadcast sponsorship of coverage across ITV and STV during the 2024 tournament.
However, Dallaglio proved to be an interesting choice with the former England number 8 banned from driving on Thursday.
The charge? One count of neglecting to provide information concerning the identification of a vehicle’s driver or rider when required.
The incident in question unfolded on March 21, 2023, in Plymouth. Dallaglio, after being instructed by the Chief Officer of Police for Devon and Cornwall, failed to furnish information related to the identification of the driver of a Land Rover accused of committing an offense.
he esteemed number 8 admitted guilt during the proceedings. As the sentence was handed down, Dallaglio found himself with a £660 fine, a six-month disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving license, and six penalty points added to his driving record.
Additionally, he was ordered to pay £90 in costs and a £264 surcharge to contribute to victim services. The court took note of Dallaglio’s admissions of guilt, factoring them into the sentencing decision.
Higgy366 wrote on X: “Surely someone has already commented on the irony of Dallaglio advertising selling cars having just copped a driving ban, right?”
A user responding commented: “whoops!”
Another fan said: “When Lawrence Dallaglio gets a conviction for a motoring offence yesterday….Today, he’s on the Motorway advert oh the irony!”
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NIGEL OWENS DREAM SIX NATIONS XV:
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.”