Sunday 18 August 2019

IRFU investigates players' role in anti-social incidents linked to players

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Rugby authorities have launched an investigation after two alleged incidents involving Leinster rugby players celebrating their Pro 14 title win last weekend.

In one of the alleged incidents last Sunday, a Leinster player is claimed to have urinated on the leg of a man while standing in a packed Dublin city-centre pub.

The other alleged incident centres on a player from the Leinster Academy who was knocked out after being punched by a former Leinster player.

The young player needed hospital treatment but will have to follow the protocols for players returning to playing after suffering concussion.

An IRFU spokesman told the Sunday Independent they are aware of the incidents involving the Leinster players.

"While we are unable to comment specifically on these allegations, we can confirm that we are liaising with Leinster Rugby to ascertain the facts around the incidents," it was stated.

"The IRFU condemns, and is committed to eliminating, any anti-social behaviour within the game, at all levels, and continues to work closely with our colleagues in Rugby Players Ireland on education and aware- ness programmes for our players," the IRFU spokesman added.

Leinster Rugby had no comment to make other than to confirm they were liaising with the IRFU over the alleged incidents.

Sunday Independent

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