With the 2011 Rugby World Cup set to kick off in a little over a month, England go into their first pre-tournament warm-up game against Wales at Twickenham this Saturday with more than expectation on their shoulders. Creating headlines before they have taken to the field England will don an all new black strip ahead of the New Zealand-based tournament.
In the lead up to the game T3 caught up with England Lock Tom Palmer to talk tech, the Rugby World Cup and that controversial black kit.
I live in France so I’ve got a French iPhone 4 and an English one as well; they’re sort of my main gadgets really. In terms of apps the very useful ones most take my fancy, the ones with the train and cinema times and all that sort of stuff are really good.
I’ve got a camera scanner app that’s really good. You take a photo of something and it turns into a PDF file and then you can email it on. That’s been really useful for keeping up with paperwork and that sort of stuff. It’s a bit quicker than getting the computer fired up and using the scanner.
Everyone in the squad is looking forward to the World Cup, everyone’s confident, we’re in a good place; we are working in camp at the moment and everyone’s working hard. There is always pressure when you play for England; there is a massive expectation from within the group and also from the public. With this being the World Cup it’s the biggest event in rugby so there is a huge amount of pressure on us.
When I’m travelling with the team I normally just take my phones because you can get internet access and use them for browsing the web. I sometimes take my laptop but then if my missus is staying at home and she doesn’t have the computer then she’s not too happy.
I think I’d have to say New Zealand are the favourite side for the World Cup. They’re kind of the number one team in the world at the moment and they will be playing on home soil as well so they are going to be very hard to beat.
I think that England’s new black kit could well ruffle a few feathers down in New Zealand; I suspect that it might upset some people. The New Zealand away kit is a white shirt and we’ve got no problems with that. But yeah it might cause some issues.
Wearing the black kit doesn’t make any difference to us as players, not at all. I mean this year we played in a grey kit against Australia and that was no problems. We have played in red ones in the past and purple ones.
I think it’s a great that rugby has taken on board video replays. The fact that we can go to the video ref and you can actually see what has happened is great because it’s incredibly difficult for the referees to make the right calls and sometimes they have to guess. I’m surprised that other sports haven’t taken it on. Personally I think football should take heed from rugby’s move and introduce things like goal-line technology. I mean you saw in the last football World Cup that there were a number of incidents where goals were given and decisions were made that, it became obvious straight away afterwards that they were the wrong decisions to be made. As we see in rugby, tennis and cricket where they use technology, it works very well. I am surprised football haven’t taken it up.
Tom Palmer wears the new England change kit , £90, www.nikestore.com/rugby