It is reported by The Telegraph that the England Rugby kit manager, Dave Tennison, is being investigated by the RFU after he allegedly gave a tip to the players concerning an investment in an oil-drilling firm.
Tennison allegedly sent the players an email during the summer training camps and even just two days before their World Cup opener against Fiji, urging them to invest in LGO Energy. However, the share prices plummeted after the tip was given, and some of the players who invested made major financial losses.
The players believed to be involved are Sam Burgess, who recently moved back to Rugby League, and Danny Care. The reports suggest that they lost in excess of £100,000 between them.
This is further negative press surrounding the side, after they were defeated by both Wales and Australia last month. The RFU are keen to tackle the issue as soon as possible.
“The RFU takes the allegations extremely seriously. It is an internal matter and we are taking the appropriate action,” an RFU spokesman told the newspaper.
Flanker Tom Wood spoke on the issue, and said he was extremely angered by the distraction, given that it was just before the team embarked on their mission to capture the William Webb Ellis Trophy at a home World Cup. This is just another negative story arising from what was a chaotic tournament for the Red Rose.
It is believed that Stuart Lancaster and his coaching staff were unaware of the controversy, but this leaves further dark clouds hanging over the camp.