England World Cup triumph may push good causes aside

The triumph of England's rugby players in the World Cup is unlikely to bring an immediate boon to charities linked with the team, according to the NSPCC.

Philip MacCormack, the charity's development manager for sport, said the England team had so far raised half of the £250,000 it pledged to generate for NSPCC.

"They have been great supporters, but if anything the victory is going to make it more difficult for charities," he said. "There will be more calls on their time commercially, and less time for charities.

"Every man and his dog will be on the phone to them and the next six months is a time when the players can really take the chance to make a decent living."

The team also supports Sport Aid and the Wooden Spoon Society, founded to help disadvantaged young people after England came last in the 1983 Five Nations.

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