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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 14:04 GMT
Woodward calls for Samoan aid
England coach Clive Woodward
Woodward was impressed by Samoa
England coach Clive Woodward has called for the 10,000 fine levied on his team to be given to cash-strapped Samoa.

Woodward's side was hit with the fine after briefly fielding 16 players in their 35-22 win over the Pacific Islanders.

"I hope the International Rugby Board hands over the 10,000 to the Samoan Rugby Union, because I think they deserve it more than any other team I have seen here so far," said Woodward.

England's penalty was handed out after wing Dan Luger played for 34 seconds while Mike Tindall, the player he was replacing, was still receiving treatment on the field.

But after the game, the Samoan coaching staff refused to criticise England over the incident.

And Woodward added: "They (Samoa) have been outstanding. They were outstanding before we played them, and my respect for them, especially their coaches John Boe and Michael Jones, is immense.

"Their line is that they didn't want anything to tarnish what was a great game of rugby. They were clearly being put under a fair amount of pressure to say something, and they wouldn't have anything to do with it.

"They said that it was a storm in a teacup, and England had probably done what many other teams had done, but they didn't want to be involved."

England fitness coach Dave Reddin has also been banned from the touchlines for two games for his part in the fiasco.

"I am going to ask him (Reddin) to sit quietly in the stand, and I think that is the right course of events for this weekend," said Woodward.

"The outcome is fair and it has just been a minor distraction, no more than that.

"What happened last Sunday night will not happen again. We made an error, we have learnt from it, and we are looking forward to the rest of the World Cup."





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