Sir Clive Woodward blasts British and Irish Lions surfing preparation

Woodward blasts Lions surfing preparation
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Sir Clive Woodward says that the British and Irish Lions should not have gone surfing the day after losing the second Test to Australia.

Former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward has hit out at the British and Irish Lions side for surfing the day after losing the second Test to Australia.

The Wallabies levelled up the series with a 16-15 victory over the Lions at the weekend in Melbourne.

Pictures were posted on the official Lions website of the players surfing on Sunday, and Woodward is angry that the tourists reacted from the loss in that way.

"It was a big mistake to jump on a two-and-a-half hour flight to the Sunshine Coast on the morning after a Test match," Woodward wrote in the Daily Mail.

"These guys are battered and bruised but you do not need to fly to Noosa to get some rest and rehabilitation. It is the last place I would take the team. You have to lick your wounds and feel sorry for yourself for 24 hours and then get to Sydney to prepare for the biggest match of your lives.

"The Lions needed a lie-in and a full day in the team hotel with the world-class recovery facilities that were on their doorstep in Melbourne. Players are hardly capable of walking up stairs properly on the morning after a game, so to sit on a coach, then in cramped economy seats, then back on a coach would only worsen the stiffness and swelling."

The Test decider will take place in Sydney on Saturday.

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