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Dallaglio's world comes crashing down
The RFU great and good announce that Laurence Dallaglio has been sacked as England captain © Getty Images

Laurence Dallaglio's world came crashing down as he quit as England captain following News of the World claims he took and dealt in hard drugs. Although he denied the story he said "the circumstances in which the supposed admissions were obtained amounted to an elaborate set-up". England coach Clive Woodward, who was among the panel of six senior RFU figures who met Dallaglio earlier in the day, said he was "bitterly disappointed". Martin Johnson was appointed England captain until the end of the Rugby World Cup later in the year. Three months later the RFU dropped charges against Dallaglio after "new evidence" emerged during an open hearing chaired by a high court judge. But the RFU still fined him £5,000 for bringing the game into disrepute, on top of legal costs amounting to £10,000.

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