Lads on tour: Former rugby stars cycle to Paris on seven-seater

FORMER England and Lions international rugby player Simon Shaw was getting involved in a very different game of sevens yesterday.

Shaw has roped in rugby pals Nick Easter, Tim Payne, Serge Betsen and Kenny Logan to join him on a seven-man cycle ride from London to Paris in July – all in aid of rugby charity Restart and Teenage Cancer trust.

England player Easter told The Capitalist that he wasn’t expecting a quiet journey: “The tales from the Lions tours are legendary – I’m expecting the same from this trip.”

■ Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been doing his best to play down the rather embarrassing news this week that his “social mobility tsar” former BBC Dragons’ Den star James Caan had helped both his daughters get jobs while at the same time chiding others for giving their offspring a helping hand. He was in full damage control mode on his Call Clegg radio show yesterday, telling host Nick Ferrari that the social mobility project cost “virtually nothing” and adding: “By the way, James Caan is not a tsar of any description.” Political back tracking or backstabbing The Capitalist wonders.

■ There was no sign of incoming governor Mark Carney (pictured) at the back of the room scribbling notes as Sir Mervyn King gave his last briefing as Bank of England boss at the monetary policy committee meeting yesterday. However, it won’t be long until the new bank boss is a regular in the Square Mile, when he takes up his new position on 1 July. Have you spotted Carney roaming the City yet? If so, send all pap snaps to The Capitalist at the usual address.