In a somewhat bizarre development at Bath rugby, up to one quarter of the squad face disciplinary actions following a post-training drinking session that got out of hand at the Rec.
Since the dawn of the professional era, gone are the days of indulgences of the liquid variety, save for the odd post-Test match knees up. Today, the top tiers of rugby’s various leagues across the world are engaged in the cutting edge of sports science and nutrition.
Now more thoroughbred than shire, rugby’s professionals of today are finely tuned beasts, with tailored fitness programs and diets for each player.
So, when news emerged from Bath of a post-training drinking session, eyebrows naturally rise.
According to the Bath Chronicle, players were given permission to enjoy some pizza and a few beers in moderation last Tuesday. It seems, however, that the inch they were given quickly became a mile as up to eleven of the squad now find themselves facing a disciplinary hearing at the club, with allegations of antics that include streaking across the pitch, setting off a fire alarm and interrupting a skills co-ordination workshop by heckling and chanting as George Ford and Rhys Priestland conducted a kicking clinic.
Following the incident, Bath Rugby released a statement on the matter,
“Bath Rugby is currently addressing the events at the Recreation Ground last week, which involved a small group of players from the club.
“The appropriate conduct of all players and staff is highly important to the club and disciplinary hearings with those involved will take place in the coming days.
“The matter will be addressed appropriately as part of that process.”
Certainly not their finest hour, to be fair.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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