Rugby World Cup: England players’ medal-wearing snub is not arrogant, it just shows they care

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OPINION: “Hey, Maro, you fiercely determined fellow, here’s a wee silver gift to symbolise all the hurt of losing a Rugby World Cup final. Please chuck it round your neck, oh and don’t forget to smile, too, thanks”

Far from being arrogant, Maro Itoje’s refusal to wear his runners-up medal in the post-match presentation on Sunday night should instead be viewed for what it really is – just massive disappointment from an ultra competitor.

The actions of the England lock following the 32-12 defeat to the Springboks in Yokohama just prove how much fire is in that 25-year-old’s belly – a heat which should in turn warm the hearts of his team’s fans, and coach Eddie Jones, for what lies ahead.

Maro Itoje, right, never put his silver medal on. Owen Farrell, next to him, took his off after the England medal presentation and Mako Vuniopola, centre, kept his on.

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Maro Itoje, right, never put his silver medal on. Owen Farrell, next to him, took his off after the England medal presentation and Mako Vuniopola, centre, kept his on.

Itoje shook the hand of World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, but stopped short of having his medal draped over him like he was some sort of world champion. Prop Kyle Sinckler shared a similar view, as he briefly sported his before whipping it off on stage.

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In the minds of these two fierce forwards, things are black and white, or should that be gold and white – the only colour they could dream of mixing with their national jersey.

The England players had every right to not want to wear their silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final.

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The England players had every right to not want to wear their silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final.

Gold is for winners, silver and bronze are merely consolation prizes.

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