Sir Clive Woodward steps down as ITV pundit

Sir Clive Woodward speaks prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa,
'I will be at Twickenham still – but this time as a spectator and fan.' says Sir Clive Woodward - Getty Images/Clive Rose

Sir Clive Woodward will not be part of ITV’s coverage of the Six Nations after he opted to stand down from his role with the broadcaster.

Woodward, the World Cup-winning former England coach, first appeared as an ITV pundit at the 2015 World Cup tournament and has worked for the channel at major international tournaments ever since. However, he says he has chosen to pursue other business ventures.

‌He worked on last year’s World Cup in France, which marked 20 years since his own England side lifted the trophy. The 68-year-old, who often shared the ITV studio with another hero of 2003 in Jonny Wilkinson, wants to end on a high.

“It has been a fantastic time but I now want to concentrate on other things,” Woodward told The Times. “ITV were very disappointed but after the Rugby World Cup I wanted to go out on a high. I will be at Twickenham still – but this time as a spectator and fan.

“I would like to thank the ITV Sport team and my fellow panellists and co-commentators for so many great games and happy memories, and wish everyone the very best for an exciting Six Nations,” he added.

ITV, who also had Lawrence Dallaglio, Ugo Monye and David Flatman among their team at last year’s World Cup, will unveil their line-up of pundits and presenters next week. They begin in the Six Nations by showing a mouth-watering opener between France and Ireland in Marseille on Friday, February 2, before England’s visit to Italy the following day.

As part of the rights-sharing agreement, BBC Sport will show Wales hosting Scotland in round one. In round two, Scotland’s game against France will be on the BBC, with ITV showing both England against Wales at Twickenham and Ireland’s encounter with Italy in Dublin.

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