Football. Cricket. Rugby. No matter the World Cup, if the host does well in terms of progression in the tournament, it's generally accepted as a positive.
Head of World Rugby, Brett Gosper, expressed this sentiment about September's Rugby World Cup with a tweet today as England exited the Cricket equivalent.
England fail to exit pool in World Cup ...Not the words we want to hear during #RWC2015. #CWC2015
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) March 9, 2015
That social media post has upset the media of England's Group A opponents Wales.
Astonishing comment from World Rugby chief Brett Gosper risks the wrath of Wales after England Rugby World Cup jibe http://t.co/DbEPpJfpsE
— Andy Howell (@andyhowellsport) March 9, 2015
You must apologise: Brett Gosper needs to say sorry for England RWC comment | @andyhowellsport http://t.co/swNgIU5r5G pic.twitter.com/QcipFyKwis
— WalesOnline Rugby (@WalesRugby) March 9, 2015
Welsh journalist Andy Howell says that the tweet has "raised alarm bells in the Wales camp amid fears his remarks could put undue pressure on referees and other match officials". Good to know they're definitely, absolutely, 100% distracted from this weekend's game.
We await a response from the Uruguayan and Fijian media.
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