Dallaglio bows out in style

Lawrence Dallaglio retires

Lawrence Dallaglio finished his distinguished career on a fitting note on Saturday by holding aloft the Guinness Premiership trophy.

Yet another league title marks the last outing on a rugby field by probably the greatest Number 8 ever. Wasps will miss their talisman, their Captain Incredible and the steely grit of his determination.

I for one was slightly put out by his comments about Brian Ashton after the World Cup last year, but all is forgiven for it appears he may have been right, and we now bid him a fond farewell.

In my opinion, 2003 was his greatest year as he formed one third of England’s finest back row along with Neil Back and Richard Hill. One of my favourite memories of the giant forward was during that World Cup final when he was penalised in front of the posts. Instead of exploding with anger at the referee, he gave a wry smile and tilted his enormous head as if to say, ‘Fair enough, I was guilty’.

This memory may not have been so fond had we gone onto lose the final, since Elton Flatley slotted that penalty to level the scores, but as it stands, Lawrence is a legend.

No doubt he won’t stray too far from the limelight and we’ll be seeing him in a coaching role at Wasps and possibly even with England under Martin Johnson.

For now though, Lawrence Dallaglio, we salute you.

2 thoughts on “Dallaglio bows out in style

  1. You’d think he would have learnt back in his first spell as England captain about the danger of the written word wouldn’t you?!

    As you say though, he was right and of course, had enough positives in the bag from an England perspective to make up for his lack of tact in airing his views on Ashton.

    Despite his reduced involvement this time around, Lol was still responsible for a number of my favourite moments of RWC 2007.

    They showed him on TV a few times before games when he was on the bench. During the warm-up he was holding tackle bags for the starting XV to run at, screaming his head off and red in the face. A true pro – if he could only be a replacement he wouldn’t sulk about it, he’d just be the best replacement he could be and do all he could to influence the boys that were going to be on the field. A class act.

    Thanks for the memories Lawrence.

  2. I second that. My favorite moment was the steamroller try against Wales. Unbelievable. I hope he gets into coaching – I think he could be England coach one day.

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