Pundits on ITV banned from wearing footwear during Rugby World Cup broadcast


Rugby World Cup pundits from ITV have been asked to ditch their shoes in the studio after the television company realised they were breaking a Japanese custom.

Viewers of the show stressed on social media how ITV had made an error when the pundits were providing analysis on flooring which had tatami mats.

It is customary to remove footwear for anyone entering a tatami room, something that producers at ITV had clearly forgotten or simply were not aware of.

Experts including England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, Ireland hero Brian O’Driscoll, and former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton were spotted wearing shoes.

The mistake was realised by those working on set, but only half-way through the first broadcast, and since then ITV have amended their oversight.

Pundits are now expected to work in their socks, including World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

On social media, a mixed reaction has been seen to the rest of the new studio set.

Former England captain Will Carling tweeted: ‘‘If England progress, maybe later in the tournament they could be in black tie or even smoking jackets?

“Slightly strange watching three ex-players in socks and jackets doing a walkthrough on ITV. Different.”


It includes a bonsai tree and Japanese lanterns, amongst other things.

England’s next game is against the United States of America on Thursday. They’ll be hoping to win again and keep their lead at the top of Pool C.

Eddie Jones has named 10 changes to his squad for the game, something he considered due to them playing their opener on Sunday.

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