Tuesday 24 April 2018

City boys' rugby trip email threatens careers after going viral

Donna Bowater and Anna White

THEY were planning the kind of boys' trip abroad that requires those involved to pledge: "What goes on tour stays on tour."

Unfortunately for the group of City high-fliers, any hopes of keeping their intended bad behaviour under wraps have been dashed before the tour has even begun.

In an email that has gone "viral", one of the former public schoolboys, who call themselves G4, drew up 13 rules for their forthcoming trip to the Dubai Sevens rugby tournament in March.

They included "cheating is allowed"; compulsory chants about "how rich we are"; "mentioning parents' salaries once a day"; and referred to obscene sexual acts.

The email, which has been forwarded around the world, also included brief profiles of the four young men -- who all work for international corporations -- and it could prove hugely damaging to their careers.

A source said: "Someone forwarded it on maliciously to so many people. It was just a joke for a holiday. It is getting so out of hand. This could ruin their careers."

It is understood that the "president" of the group, which boasts of its "capability to dominate social, political and economical spheres" is James Hill, a terrorism and political violence insurance expert with the international broker Willis.

Mr Hill, thought to be in his mid-20s, attended Tonbridge School in Kent and played for the University of Bristol Rugby Club. He is believed to be based in Singapore.

George Boulton-Lea, described as the "senior vice-president", was a student at Epsom College, where he captained the football team and played first XV rugby. He has worked for Arrow as a shipping broker for three years.

The two others, Rory Jones and Daniel England, are alumni of City of London Freemen's School, and also believed to be based in Singapore. Mr Jones, who works for Lightfoot Marketing Asia, was named as captain and described as a "true Viking warrior".

Mr England, a trainee solicitor at international law firm Shearman and Sterling, was vice captain of his school's rugby team and was its youngest pupil to tour South Africa.

Mr England said he was speaking to his lawyer while Mr Hill, Mr Jones and Mr Boulton-Lea could not be contacted yesterday. Meanwhile, Mr Hill's firm, Willis, declined to comment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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