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Richmond Council is spending £1,000 a day cleaning up Peperami wrappers

David Clack

As we can all obviously agree, the Rugby World Cup is brilliant. There’s all the matches, the shouting, the adverts – to be honest we’re not sure how we ever lived without it.

However, there is a dark side to this wonderful, never-ending festival of baffling sport, and it comes in the shape of a whole load of desiccated sausage. According to the Richmond & Twickenham Times, Richmond Council is having to fork out £1,000 every time there’s a match at Twickenham to deal with litter resulting from an ongoing Peperami promotion. Fans – presumably hungry and fired up from half a pint of pre-match bitter – are helping themselves to some free sausage and, not wanting to soil their chino pockets with grease, letting the spent wrappers flutter to the ground, where they’re left to lay with the countless other pieces of litter that inevitably gather when 80,000 people converge on the same spot.

D'you know what? We’ve changed our minds. We were down with the matches, the shouting, the adverts, even the weird singing about chariots. But £1,000 worth of Peperami wrappers? Not in our name. This would never happen at a football match.

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