Parling backs clampdown on diving

Date published: September 17 2015

England lock Geoff Parling has backed World Rugby's clampdown on acts of simulation in the game ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The governing body announced this week that players would be punished for any dives during matches.

Parling supported the call, adding that any act in that manner from an England player would not go down well within the squad. 

"If any of our players were feigning or diving that would not go down well with us.

"I definitely welcome the clampdown. It's not an issue with us. I welcome it in rugby as a whole."

Parling and England have prepared extensively for the defensive challenge Fiji will pose on Friday, with the Exeter Chiefs lock singling out Leone Nakarawa.

"They are much better organised now than maybe they have been in the past. They've certainly improved over the last couple of seasons," he said.

"We've spoken about their number five (Leone Nakarawa), he's a hell of a player.

"The other guys there we know from playing in the Premiership so if we're not on it they are certainly going to be a threat."

England should receive a raucous reception when they run out at Twickenham in the opening match and Parling admits that playing there is still a special experience.

"We all appreciate what a special experience it is playing at Twickenham. We have won the last seven games there. It's definitely a helping factor with us."