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England reject Nick Easter bungee jumping rumours

England management have been forced to dismiss claims that the player was injured during the squad’s recent outing.

A spokesperson for Nick Easter has denied speculation that the player was injured while bungee jumping.
A spokesperson for Nick Easter has denied speculation that the player was injured while bungee jumping.

ENGLAND RUGBY OFFICIALS have been forced to deny claims relating to a recent injury that Harlequins number eight Nick Easter picked up.

Many people, including The Guardian’s Robert Kitson, speculated that Easter had been hurt while taking part in a 134-metre bungee jump, which had been organised as part of a team bonding session.

The late injury meant James Haskell was forced to start in place of Easter against Georgia, while Thomas Waldrom has been called up to the squad as a precautionary measure.

However, the England management told the Press Association that the fact that Easter’s injury occurred in conjunction with the team’s bungee jumping excursions was a pure coincidence.

They said that the player only began to feel the strain on Saturday – four days after the squad had gone bungee jumping.

Meanwhile, the team held what has been described as a “brutally honest” meeting to discuss their recent unconvincing form.

Speaking about the meeting, Steve Thompson said:

“We’ve been together a long time and the last thing you want is for things to get comfortable. Sometimes everyone needs to give each other a little boot up the backside and that’s what’s happening.”

James Haskell had previously criticised his teammates, saying under-performing players should be singled out and indicating that the team were not working hard enough.

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