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Brian Moore: Majority of TV audience 'know very little about rugby'

By Ian Cameron
Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole /Allsport

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Brian Moore has launched a rousing defence of his commentating style after copping flak from trolls on Twitter.


The former England hooker was accused of ‘slagging’ off England and of having an old fashioned style of commentary.

The unabashed and outspoken pundit – as ever – didn’t hold back in defending his approach, and was largely supported by his many followers.

It all started when one Tweeter posted: “You all ready to start slagging England off from the first kick [?].

Moore responded in kind, saying that he would continue to call it as he sees it.

“I’m ready to say exactly what I see; if England are good I’ll say so; if they’re not I’ll also say so. It’s not my job to ‘get behind the team.”


“To those saying my analysis is old-fashioned – it isn’t but it is simple. Know why? Because out of an audience of 7-8m, all but 1m know very little about rugby & they need simple explanations. If the choice is boring supposed experts and informing them; I choose them.”

He was supported by plenty of rugby’s Twitterati.


Paul Morgan, Communications Director at Premiership Rugby, said: “One thing you can never accuse Brian of is not calling it as he sees it … disagree with his views by all means but he always calls it exactly as he sees it – good or bad…”

A British and Irish Lion of two tours, Moore won 64 caps for England between 1987 and 1995.

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