The England rugby team’s kit man is being investigated by the RFU after he was alleged to advise players to invest in shares which subsequently plunged in value in the run up to the World Cup.

Dave Tennison, 55, allegedly advised players to invest money in LGO Energy, just before the World Cup, and some – reportedly including Sam Burgess and Danny Care – did. Reports suggest they collectively lost around £100,000 when the share price plummeted from £3.27 to 50p.


The RFU confirmed Tennison, a former Royal Marines physical training instructor who has been England’s kit man since 2002, is now being investigated, though there is no suggestion he has broken any law.

It said: “The RFU takes the allegations extremely seriously. It is an internal matter and we are taking the appropriate action.”

England flanker Tom Wood is understood to have been angry about Tennison’s emails to players, revealed in the Sun on Sunday, and told the kit man that the squad was supposed to be focusing on the World Cup, rather than making money.

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