Despite the media backlash over the England v Scotland match a week previously, there was even less knee-taking nonsense over the weekend in the Six Nations. In fact, the only players to participate in the Marxist gesture were those of England. As 16 players dropped to their knees, seven refused and the Italian squad remained entirely standing, as did all the players in the other matches. Even Scotland, four of whose players took the knee against England, remained standing during their match against Wales.
Last November the RFU confirmed that England players were free to choose, so why when given the choice is this degrading act only indulged by the English?