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UK media already attacking opposition

The England team is assisted by the media to intimidate referees and opposition, says columnist. Photo: Getty Images

The England team is assisted by the media to intimidate referees and opposition, says columnist. Photo: Getty Images

Fifth Column: a group of secret sympathisers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defence lines or national borders. (Merrim-Webster dictionary)

The most outrageous comment made during the phony war period leading up to the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning (AEST), with England playing Fiji at Twickenham, was Sir Clive Woodward’s accusation that South African referee Craig Joubert effectively robbed France of winning the Webb Ellis trophy in 2011.

“If I had been coach of France in that World Cup, I would still be apoplectic to this day,” Woodward told theRadio Times. “If that final had been refereed properly, France would have won.”

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