British and Irish Lions: Clive Woodward attacks Australian rugby

Last Updated: 15/06/13 4:01pm

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Sir Clive Woodward: Furious with Australian rugby

Sir Clive Woodward: Furious with Australian rugby

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Sir Clive Woodward has again criticised Australian rugby for fielding 'weak' tour teams against the British and Irish Lions.

Woodward, who coached the Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand, said the tourists could take "virtually nothing" from their 64-0 thrashing of the Combined Country side on Tuesday.

He was also highly critical of the representative side for their reaction to the heavy defeat in Newcastle.

"I have never seen an Australian team celebrate because they had lost a match by fewer than 100 points - the smiles on their faces were simply bizarre," Woodward wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.

"As a nation with such sporting pedigree - who pride themselves on their reputation as tough, hard competitors - I could not believe the jubilation and high fives after they had not even scored a point.

Contempt

"It reminded me of the Corinthian spirit they used to love ridiculing the Poms about. What would the great Australian competitors, the likes of Shane Warne and Ian Thorpe, have made of that?"

Woodward said the Lions' tough 22-12 win over the Queensland Reds last Saturday was a great advertisement for Australian rugby but it had been followed by a "soft, meaningless match".

Woodward had already accused the Australians of treating the tourists with "contempt" when Western Force rested several first team players ahead of their 69-17 defeat in Perth.

The Lions are next due to face a weakened New South Wales Warratahs side this weekend, prompting coach Warren Gatland to rethink his plans to field his strongest side.

Woodward added: "Warren Gatland has no need to play his Test team on Saturday - the Waratahs are without 10 Wallabies and playing another weak team will do nothing to help him prepare for the first Test."

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