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Sport RFU charge 13 Barbarians players after two Covid breaches

02:47  30 october  2020
02:47  30 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A video shared on Twitter appears to show seven Barbarians players - including Chris Robshaw - breaking COVID -19 rules with a pub drinking session that has lead to England showdown at Twickenham being called off.

The Rugby Football Union have announced that 13 Barbarians players will face disciplinary charges after breaching the team's Covid -19 bubble last week, which led to the cancellation of England's fixture against the Barbarians . The identities of the players have not been revealed

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The Barbarians who broke strict Covid protocols have been charged with 'providing false statements' after their pub visits forced the cancellation of last Sunday's England game.

Thirteen players, including former England captain Chris Robshaw, have been called before an independent RFU disciplinary panel following their costly nights out in Mayfair.

The RFU promised to name and shame any guilty party with full written judgements — as well as imposing sanctions that could include fines or bans.

a group of people sitting at a table in a restaurant: Footage showed Barbarians players breaking coronavirus rules, including Chris Robshaw (left) © Provided by Daily Mail Footage showed Barbarians players breaking coronavirus rules, including Chris Robshaw (left) a group of people sitting at a table: The two nights out resulted in the cancellation of last Sunday's game against England © Provided by Daily Mail The two nights out resulted in the cancellation of last Sunday's game against England

Eddie Jones told his England players on Thursday night that they have a duty to drag rugby's reputation out of the gutter following the fiasco.

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Thirteen unnamed Barbarians players have been charged by the Rugby Football Union after Sunday's game against England was cancelled Players face a range of charges including "individual breaches of the protocols" and "providing false statements during an investigation", the RFU said.

The unnamed players have been charged after their actions led to last weekend’s game against England being cancelled. All 13 have been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game The RFU states that they will answer for individual breaches of the protocols

Preparations for Saturday's Six Nations finale against Italy were rocked by the cancellation of the Twickenham curtain- raiser, with England going into the game without having played since March.

However, they are strong favourites to beat the Italians and could clinch the title, which Jones believes would help restore some pride in the sport.

Chris Robshaw in a blue shirt: The trip to the pub took place the night before Robshaw and 11 others dined out in a restaurant © Provided by Daily Mail The trip to the pub took place the night before Robshaw and 11 others dined out in a restaurant a group of people posing for the camera: England were forced to go into their Six Nations finale without having had a proper run out © Provided by Daily Mail England were forced to go into their Six Nations finale without having had a proper run out

'We understand that rugby at the moment is a bit of a laughing stock and we all love the game,' said Jones. 'We are lucky enough to play the game at the highest level and we want to make sure we put the game back where it needs to be. We understand both of those responsibilities and it is a weight that we enjoy carrying.

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During its investigation, the Rugby Football Union ( RFU ) said it discovered another breach where players left the hotel without permission. Former England captain Chris Robshaw is among the players who have apologised. It is understood several Barbarians players went to a central London pub on

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'We have a great game in rugby and we don't like to see it be portrayed as something that is not a serious sport, as it has been.

'No one likes to see a game called off because of a breakdown in the protocols in society at the moment. That's what happened. It is not good for rugby but we have got an opportunity to turn that around.'

Jones compared the situation to the ball-tampering scandal that brought Australian cricket to its knees in 2018.

'History shows that sport changes quickly,' added the head coach.

'If you look at the situation with the Australian cricket team and the sandpaper, that time was not a great time for cricket and it was not a great time for Australian cricket. 'Now people have forgotten that and it is our responsibility to put on a performance so that people don't remember what happened from a couple of weeks ago.'

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The Barbarians had assembled a new-look 23-man squad that they were confident was Covid -safe after striking an agreement with Premiership Three players from Cardiff and two from Newport also drafted in. The RFU were only made aware of the second protocol breach after a member of the

Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Rugby Football Union on Thursday is reviewing whether England's non-cap match against Barbarians can go ahead as scheduled on Sunday after several Barbarian players breached COVID -19 quarantine protocols.

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Despite missing seven players who started in England's last Six Nations game against Wales in March, Jones named just one debutant in his starting XV, in Exeter lock Jonny Hill.

Ben Youngs will earn his 100th cap at scrum-half, and Owen Farrell will captain the side from No 10 in his first game back from a five-week ban.

Farrell echoed Jones' sentiment about rebuilding rugby's image.

'All I can say is that we as players understand the fortunate position we are in at the moment; to be able to do what we love every day and to be out there together on the field, working hard and getting to play a game at the end of the week,' he said.

'We are unbelievably excited about that and the thing we want to show is how much we love playing for England and how much we can't wait to play this weekend. Hopefully that feeds through to everybody at home.'

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