Wednesday 21 March 2018

O'Shea: Bloodgate is over

Conor O'Shea. Photo: Getty Images
Conor O'Shea. Photo: Getty Images

HARLEQUINS boss Conor O'Shea insists his team will be focused when the season kicks off next week, despite the ongoing fall-out from the Bloodgate scandal.

The controversy, which saw Tom Williams use a fake blood capsule to facilitate his replacement in the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Leinster, was in the headlines again this week with Dr Wendy Chapman admitting to a disciplinary hearing that she deliberately cut the player's lip to mask the deception.

Williams and then director of rugby Dean Richards were banned and the club was fined heavily but, with the new season about to commence, O'Shea says he and his players have put the scandal to one side and are focusing solely on their opening Premiership clash against Wasps on Saturday week.

"It is always going to be part of the club's history, but it's now gone," said O'Shea. "It is unfortunate that it has dragged on, but our focus is solely on the new season."

Irish Independent

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