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BBC Coverage Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
John Inverdale
John Inverdale
John is hoping rugby can provide a fitting Games finale
John Inverdale is a huge rugby fan and he feels that the rugby sevens tournament at the Games could be one of the highlights of the event.

The rugby final will be the last sporting event of the Games and Inverdale feels that an England v All Blacks clash would be a fantastic finish.

Inverdale is also keen to interview Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe as he admires Thorpe's amazing dominance of the sport.

It will be a busy summer for John as he is also be presenting the BBC's Wimbledon coverage as well as Sport Relief and the European Athletics Championship from Munich.

John joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982 before taking up a trainee attachment on Radio 2 sport output three years later.

From 1988 to 1994, John worked for Radio 5 as the presenter of its flagship sports programme Sport On 5, before becoming one of the first presenters on the new Five Live.

John has also enjoyed an auspicious television career, presenting five series of BBC One's acclaimed sports chat show On Side.

He also presented the On The Line and Rugby Special, both on BBC Two, as well as Grandstand, Sunday Grandstand and The World's Strongest Man for BBC One.

Married with two daughters, John's biggest sporting passion is rugby union, and he is closely involved with Esher RFC.

He is also a self-confessed pop trivia bore!

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