ENGLAND WING Mark Cueto has attacked the British media for its coverage of two salacious incidents involving his teammates during the Rugby World Cup.
Centre Mike Tindall – who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips – was captured on a security camera during a drunken night out in Queenstown holding a blonde woman’s hand following the side’s tournament opener against Argentina.
“You ran the story for 10 days, it's horrendous, give the guy a break,” Cueto told reporters yesterday.
“You're talking about a couple of guys going out for a beer, that’s the bottom line of what happened, what's wrong with that? If the boys can't go out and have a couple of beers, it's a sad world we live in.”
The second incident Cueto was referring to happened on Sunday, when England manager Martin Johnson reprimanded three of his squad – back-rower James Haskell, hooker Dylan Hartley and wing Chris Ashton – for making lewd comments towards a female hotel worker in Dunedin last month.
“It's probably two things that have happened but they've been reported in the paper every day. So that's down to you guys,” says Cueto.
“You need to move on and start writing about other stuff. I don't think we're ill-disciplined off the field at all.”
England’s discipline on the field has been an issue as well, with the team conceding at least 10 penalties per game.
“We haven't been quite at that level for quite a while,” says Cueto.
“But on the other hand, test matches are tough and if you try too hard to be whiter than white, you give too much away.
“Silly penalties you've got to get rid of, but there are a few which are 50-50 and they're not going our way.”« Back to Archives
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.