The shambles that was England’s Rugby World Cup campaign has taken another strange and surprise turn with the news that the RFU is launching an investigation into claims that kit man Dave Tennison urged players to buy shares in an oil drilling before and during the tournament.
The investment tanked just like their tournament, leaving players including Sam Burgess, Danny Care and David Wilson out of pocket to the tune of £100,000.
Tennison is believed to have urged the players to invest in a company called LGO Energy and as close as two days before England’s opening game against Fiji was emailing players telling them not to worry despite the share price falling from £3.27 to £1.30.
The price ultimately fell as low as 50p and being reported as causing an unnecessary distraction and bad feeling among the players.
“Sam Burgess invested the most and was furious when the price went down so much,” the Guardian reports a source as saying.
“No one is saying the share tips were the reason we did so badly in the tournament – but it certainly didn’t help.”
You’d question the intelligence of England rugby players taking the kit man’s share tips. Financial geniuses don’t lay out socks and shorts?
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) November 9, 2015