World Cup diary: Elliot Daly joke is just not cricket, says Jamie George after Maro Itoje's bowling heroics
England players were publicly bickering on Monday... over a game of cricket.
Close friends Elliot Daly and Jamie George had different takes on a video clip which appeared on social media, showing Maro Itoje celebrating after taking the wicket of George - caught by Daly.
Asked about his ‘social highlight’ of the World Cup so far, Daly said: ‘Probably Maro getting Jamie out. Maro isn’t the most naturally-gifted cricketer, but he managed to get Jamie out quite convincingly.
Elliot Daly (right) caught Jamie George (batsman) off the bowling of Maro Itoje (left)
‘George, feigning indignation, seized the microphone at a press conference and said: ‘It’s time to settle this. Obviously, yes, he did get me out, but I’d scored about 150 before that.
'I was batting for about two-and-a-half hours, which is what you didn’t see. I’m a generous bloke and it was my time to give someone else a go so I flicked one straight into Elliot’s hands. Did he get me out or did I get myself out? I don’t know...’
George and Daly were joined for media duties on Monday by back-up scrum-half Willi Heinz - who they introduced as a new member of the England squad’s social committee.
Willi Heinz has revealed that the squad have been giving Sam Underhill a hard time
He proceeded to throw Bath flanker Sam Underhill under a bus - figuratively-speaking - as he said: ‘Sam Underhill has been trying really hard to set up his own social committee group where he adds us all into the WhatsApp group and we all immediately leave!
'He’s really trying his best, but isn’t getting anywhere.’ The jibe is the latest evidence that Underhill and his fellow ‘Kamikaze Kid’, Tom Curry, appear to be the butt of most jokes within the Red Rose ranks.
Ireland are braced for the possibility of disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis - meaning ‘Velocity’ - which is surging towards the south west of Japan.
There is a chance that winds in excess of 100mph could affect the Ireland v Samoa match in Fukuoka on Saturday. The Irish team management have been alerted to contingency plans, which could see the fixture moved to another location - as yet unknown - or put back to Sunday, before Pool A’s final game between Japan and Scotland.
If the match was cancelled, it would be deemed a 0-0 draw, which could mean Ireland exit the tournament due to the weather, so all efforts will be made to ensure the fixture goes ahead.
Joe Schmidt's Ireland side are concerned about the possible disruption of the weather
Neal Hatley, England’s scrum coach, explained on Monday how he has benefited from tutorials with French scrum guru Marc dal Maso. Their meetings led to some spontaneous practical demonstrations. ‘We had good conversations,’ said Hatley on Monday.
‘I ended up scrummaging with him in the lobby of a hotel at 11.45pm because he wanted to show me that if you change feet, the effect it could have. It’s brilliant to have somebody who, like myself, tries to invest himself in scrums; the art, history and tradition of it and how you can gain a psychological edge.
'We met in Toulon, on the beach. A lovely spot. I arrived at about 10pm from Montpellier. He came straight down to see me and by a quarter to 12, he was on one leg in the dining room, showing me the best angle for the hooker to attack it, which was brilliant.’
Neal Hatley spoke about scrummaging Marc dal Maso in a hotel lobby at almost midnight