13 Barbarians players face charges for a breach of Covid protocols which led to the cancellation of a non-cap match against England at Twickenham.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Thursday, October 29, that the players faced charges of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game after they left their hotel rooms without the permission of organisers and had dinner in a restaurant.
They also provided false statements during an investigation.
“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,” the statement said.
“The Independent Panel can issue a range of sanctions at their discretion including fines and/or match bans and/or any other suitable sanction.”
Although initial reports stated that the 13 men were unnamed, former England captain Chris Robshaw publicly for his behaviour, as others including Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth and Joel Kpoku.
Robshaw took to his Twitter account to make his apology last week: “I want to express my deepest apologies for breaching the Barbarians Covid-19 restrictions by leaving the hotel post training with some of my team-mates.
“A huge effort went into conducting this match in a safe fashion and it was irresponsible of me to break the protocols which are put in place to protect players, staff and the public.”
— Chris Robshaw (@ChrisRobshaw) October 23, 2020
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