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Lawrence Dallaglio reacts to Maro Itoje's false celebration

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Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has branded Maro Itoje’s celebration of Glasgow Warriors disallowed try disrespectful, as he appeared on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight.

The Warriors were trailing by ten points and appeared to have a way back into the game when DTH van der Merle scrambled the ball over the try-line.

However, the referee had already blown the whistle to call play back for a penalty after an earlier infringement.

It caused plenty of debate on social media and Dallaglio has now voiced his opinion on what he thought of Itoje’s ‘celebration’ of the chalked off try.

Itoje appeared to celebrate the disallowed effort by the Warrior’s at the weekend, and it certainly has opened up discussion within rugby fans an pundits alike, splitting opinions.

Shortly after Glasgow had their try attempt ruled out by the referee, the 23-year-old lock moved towards the group of Glasgow players who had still not realised and raised his arms up and down mockingly.

Dallaglio, 46, who won 85 caps for his country wasn’t a fan of the celebrations from the Saracens lock, and was quick to give his opinion of Itoje’s celebration.

“I think you need to be a little bit careful when you’ve got humility, respect and integrity written on your stadium,” explained the World Cup winner.

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“You know you have to show a little bit [of them values], and if he did that a few years ago he probably wouldn’t have finished the game."

Pointing to the references of the Saracens club values shows what a value-led man Dallaglio is, and he was clearly not a fan of the actions from Itoje.

Whilst not angry with the actions of his fellow Englishman, the former Wasps flanker showed his displeasure with Itoje’s actions, which he feels were ultimately disrespectful to his opponent.

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