David Campese is slightly bemused by England coach Clive Woodward's attack on him after Campo presented the BBC team of the year trophy to them.
Woodward said: "To choose Campese was an error, bad judgment, and sums up British sport because they made a joke about the presentation.
"We had Princess Anne, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Cohen in the audience, and they could have delivered the trophy," he said.
"Instead, they chose a player I have little or no respect for. It was a bad error of judgment by the BBC. It was a crass decision by somebody."
Woodward was obviously uneasy as Campese handed over the award but England captain Martin Johnson shook hands warmly with Campo.
Campese was making a charity appearance at Ormond Street Hospital for children when told about the comments.
The day before he made a sponsored walk down Oxford Street, in London's busiest shopping district, wearing a sandwich board proclaiming England as the best side in the World Cup, honouring a bet.
Campese said to The Daily Telegraph in Sydney,"It was a great honour for me to be asked to give the trophy," he said yesterday. "England won, and deserved to win. That's the thing.
"Woodward's just a bit jealous, I think. He was a person in the background while the whole thing was going on in front of the cameras. I don't know why he's got it in for me.
"Many people were saying England couldn't win it, and a lot of those were from England.
"What I'd say now to Woodward is, don't destroy all the good work your team has done by getting bitter. It's ridiculous to say I'm speaking from envy because I've been there and done all that."
Campese did not play against Woodward.
"I never saw him play," he said. "I was too young."