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English hype machine can't see Wood for trees with premature Hill comparison

Published 11/01/2012 | 05:00

POOR old Tom Wood. English rugby has a habit of hyping up their Premiership aces as international superstars and Northampton's Wood is the latest to get the treatment ahead of the Six Nations.

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Lawrence Dallaglio and Jerry Guscott want him as the new England captain while he has also been referred to as "the new Richard Hill."

Wood is a fine player, no doubt, but at this stage, putting him at the level of one of the finest back-rows to have played the game is just a tad previous.

Irish Independent

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