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Sir Clive Woodward says the Lions are being treated with contempt

Last Updated: 05/06/13 3:49pm

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Sir Clive Woodward: Lions should consider whether to return to Australia

Sir Clive Woodward: Lions should consider whether to return to Australia

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England's World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward says it is unacceptable that Western Force are not at full strength for their match against the British and Irish Lions today.

The Force have a Super Rugby fixture against NSW Waratahs coming up this weekend and have named a below-strength team to face the touring party.

And Woodward says Australia should be taken off the Lions' touring schedule if the situation continues.

The coach, who led the Lions to New Zealand in 2005, told the Daily Mail: "It is unacceptable and disgraceful to cobble together a weakened, second-string club team to play against some of the best players in the world, on one of the great rugby tours.

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"Having lived and worked in Australia for five years, there is no bigger supporter of Australian sport, but what on earth is going on?

"Can you imagine Leicester inviting the All Blacks to Welford Road and putting out a second-string side? It simply would not happen.

"Treating the Lions with such contempt threatens to undermine their status in the global game.

"The Lions come to Australia once every 12 years but, if this is how they are going to be treated in this country, then they should seriously consider whether to return."

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