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Sport RFU charges 13 Barbarians after virus breach scuppers England game

06:30  30 october  2020
06:30  30 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Thirteen Barbarians players have been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game , the Rugby Football Union announced Thursday, after breaches of coronavirus health protocols led to the cancellation of last week's match against England at Twickenham.

Thirteen Barbarians players have been charged by the Rugby Football Union for breaching coronavirus protocols and providing false statements during the subsequent investigation, following last weekend’s cancelled game against England . The RFU has declined to name the players until after

Thirteen Barbarians players have been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game, the Rugby Football Union announced Thursday, after breaches of coronavirus health protocols led to the cancellation of last week's match against England at Twickenham.

a crowd of people watching a football game: Former England captain Chris Robshaw had been due to appear for the Barbarians at Twickenham © CHRISTOPHE SIMON Former England captain Chris Robshaw had been due to appear for the Barbarians at Twickenham

The RFU, England's governing body, declined to name the players until an online disciplinary hearing chaired by senior lawyer Philip Evans had been concluded.

The players will face a range of charges including individual breaches of the protocols -- such as leaving the hotel without permission or without informing organisers of their whereabouts -- and providing false statements during an investigation.

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Thirteen Barbarians players have been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game , the Rugby Football Union announced Thursday, after breaches of coronavirus health protocols led to the cancellation of last week's match against England at Twickenham.

union ' after Chris Robshaw and team-mates breached Covid rules TWICE to go to Mayfair pub Players will have to answer charges after they breached RFU rule 5.2 in going out The rule- breaches resulted in the England game last Sunday being cancelled

Former England captain Chris Robshaw, his former Red Rose team-mate Richard Wigglesworth and Scotland wing Sean Maitland were among those involved in the unauthorised nights out near the team's central London hotel last week.

Footage on social media published over the weekend showed a group of players from the invitational side, including Robshaw, taking part in a drinking session at a pub.

The RFU said there was no limit to the available punishments under a disrepute charge, with fines and match bans among the possible sanctions.

And it added the players identities would be made known when the hearing, for which no start date has yet been given, had finished.

"The RFU recognises the pressure public scrutiny is placing on the players and therefore it will publish players' names, full judgements and sanctions after the hearings have concluded," a statement read.

England game against Barbarians off after protocol breaches

  England game against Barbarians off after protocol breaches LONDON (AP) — England's rugby match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday has been canceled because of breaches of COVID-19 protocols, the Rugby Football Union said Friday. An RFU investigation found that a number of Barbarians players left their hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday without permission and without informing organizers about their whereabouts. The players who left Tuesday did not isolate themselves upon returning, which “resulted in the bubble environment being compromised,” the RFU said, citing risks to other players, coaches and staff.“The RFU is therefore left with no alternative but to cancel the game,” it said.

union ’ after Chris Robshaw and team-mates breached Covid rules TWICE to go to Mayfair pub Players will have to answer charges after they breached RFU rule 5.2 in going out The rule- breaches resulted in the England game last Sunday being cancelled

he RFU has charged the 13 Barbarians players who breached Covid-19 protocol last week, leading to the cancellation of England ’s fixture with the invitational side, with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game ”. The union has not confirmed the names of the 13 players, saying “it

London's Metropolitan Police Force said Tuesday it would not be taking action against the players as it "does not investigate Covid breaches retrospectively unless they are the most dangerous and flagrant breaches of the regulations".

Cancellation deprived the RFU of some £1 million ($1.3 million) in lost broadcast income and sponsorship revenue at a time when the governing body has taken a huge financial hit from Covid-19.

It also scuppered England's plan for a warm-up match ahead of their virus-delayed Six Nations finale away to Italy on Saturday, where victory could be enough to give Eddie Jones's men the title.

But the England coach, speaking Monday, said Robshaw should be spared a torrent of abuse.

"Chris is a good young man. He's served his country well -- let's make sure we don't take it out on him too badly," Jones told Sky Sports.

Former Harlequins back-row Robshaw apologised via social media on Friday, saying he had been "irresponsible" and was "sincerely remorseful".

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Barbarians call-off frustrates England's George .
Jamie George said he felt "huge frustration" knowing England's bid to win the Six Nations title with victory away to Italy on Saturday had been hampered by the Barbarians players responsible for having last week's warm-up match called off. Several of George's Saracens team-mates were among the Barbarians involved, with the England hooker telling a conference call from Rome on Friday: "My personal reaction was of huge frustration. I was gutted. "It was another chance for us to play for England.

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