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What Really Happened When Annabel Newton Met Peter Stringfellow’s England Rugby Team

by | 25th, November 2011

SHOCK new son the cover of the Times that after England rugby union players James Haskell, Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley, were encouraged by the Rugby Football Union to pay Annabel Newton, the chambermaid they belittled , NZ$30,000 in return for her silence. They refused. So. Annabel Newton sold her story.

What went on away from the pitch during England’s World Cup debacle is proving to be far more interesting than what went on during the games. Like most of the England team, English people saw the tournament as an irrelevance, a backdrop to drinking and larking about with booze and birds. Team England behaved exactly as you’d expect a bunch of Englishmen men to behave overseas.

As for Newton’s story, police investigated and found her accusations to be unfounded.

But what really happened. Well, the Times has seen the leaked RFU reports.

The facts are:

* The RFU paid Ms Newton’s legal fees and for a bunch of flowers.

*The three players felt they had been “screwed over and hung out to dry” by the RFU.

* Three years earlier in Auckland four England players had found themselves falsely accused of rape.

* A players states: “Next thing we know the woman has bowled straight into the room without even knocking. She’s laughing, A[shton] and D[ylan] say she can’t just come barging into his room. D has no shirt on but does have shorts and towel as is about to have shower after training.”

This does not tally with the earlier version we read in the tabloids:

* Haskell throws Newton’s walkie-talkie into the wardrobe.

* “Then H[askell] says we’ll give it back, but first we want chocolate. D tries to shut them both up and tells the girl the walkie-talkie is in the cupboard and to take it. This is all on film. The girl then records a message for the camera about the car Dylan bought before going downstairs laughing and joking with other players about what happened. No hint of upset.”

The paper adds:

Ms Newton then went out on the same evening, got drunk, fell off a bar stool and was detained in hospital. She told her mother she had been drinking because she had been traumatised by the incident.

* A complaint was then made and investigated by the hotel manager, the RFU and local police.

* A player is again quoted in the RFU report: “We had the law laid down to us and were criticised in front of the team in a meeting and that was fair enough. We felt awful that we had let the boys down through creating unwanted headlines. The girl had claimed we were half naked, intimidated her, tried to trap her in the room, that x had

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