LINLEY & SIMPSON BRINGS SIR CLIVE WOODWARD TO LEEDS!

Sir Clive Woodward

Welcome to Leeds... Linley & Simpson's Lynne Taylor, left, and Nicola Sutton put Sir Clive 'on the spot'

SIR Clive Woodward, former coach of England's Rugby World Cup-winning squad in 2003, gave a rare insight into the sport when he was guest of honour at Dave Larder's Testimonial sponsored by Linley & Simpson.

Sir Clive Woodward

Welcome to Leeds... Linley & Simpson's Lynne Taylor, left, and Nicola Sutton put Sir Clive 'on the spot'

SIR Clive Woodward, former coach of England's Rugby World Cup-winning squad in 2003, gave a rare insight into the sport when he was guest of honour at Dave Larder's Testimonial sponsored by Linley & Simpson.

More than 400 people attended the Queens' Hotel for a testimonial dinner honouring the 17-year playing career of Rugby League star David Larder. His father, Phil, was a key part of Sir Clive's coaching staff when Jonny Wilkinson put England on top of the world with his famous last-minute winning drop-goal.

In a question and answer session with guests, Sir Clive revealed:

  • that it was RIGHT that Mike Tindall was back in the England fold - he was there on talent and not any Royal pressure, he said.
  • that Harlequins star Chris Robshaw should be the future England CAPTAIN
  • that Martin Johnson should have started his coaching career at club - NOT international - level
  • that England would put their recent disappointing World Cup tournament in New Zealand behind them, and would be BACK to winning ways under a new regime shortly.

With nifty footwork that Austin Healy would have been proud of, he sidestepped questions about whether he would be interested in the head coach role after his tenure advising the British Olympics 2012 squad ended.

Thousands of pounds was raised in an auction and raffle - with Linley & Simpson's Roundhay branch manager Nick Barrow winning a signed Martin Johnson tracksuit.


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