Scott Baldwin found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently when he missed the Ospreys’ 44-25 defeat to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein after being bitten by a lion in a game park.
The experienced Welsh hooker came in for a ton of ribbing on social media after his brain-freeze, which led to him having eight stitches in his hand but thankfully for the Bridgend-born forward it wasn’t any worse.
But the 29-year-old, who issued an apology to Ospreys fans following the incident and who has mocked himself after the event, isn’t the only star to have had a moment of madness.
Here are three others who have committed some foolish acts.
3. Duncan Taylor
The versatile Scotland and Saracens centre, who can also play at wing and centre, has two Premiership winners medals and two Championship Cup winners medals to his name and picked up 21 caps since his Scotland debut in 2013.
A quality operator, the strong-running Taylor is also known for his laidback nature, going by the moniker of ‘Spacey’. And this relaxed style may be behind his crazy decision not to take his passport to the airport with him for Scotland’s summer tour to Australia and Fiji this year.
Believing that his driving licence would be enough to get him on the flight, the 28-year-old left his passport at home. When he found out that wasn’t the case, a mad rush saw his wife having to find his passport and bring it to the airport just before Scotland were due to fly.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Scotland teammate and Glasgow Warriors skipper Ryan Wilson described Taylor’s antics:
“He turned up to the airport without his passport thinking he could get on a flight to Singapore with his driver’s licence. There you are, that’s Spacey down to a T.
“He sent his cleaner in the house to find his passport. The cleaner couldn’t find it so his missus had to leave work and go home and find it for him. I think he got it 45 minutes before we left.”
Hopefully Taylor’s passport will be the first item in his bag for foreign trips from now on.
2. Jason Tovey
Currently at Edinburgh, the talented 28-year-old fly-half-cum-full-back, started his pro career with the Dragons before spending a season with rivals the Cardiff Blues.
After returning to his home region for three seasons, the former Wales under-20 star made a loan move to Edinburgh before making this switch permanent in May of last year.
It was during his season at the Blues that Newport-born Tovey suffered a rather unfortunate incident.
All set for the Blues’ Heineken Cup tie away to French giants Toulon in 2013, Tovey discovered that his dog had chewed up his passport, even leaving the marks of his fangs on it!
Ignoring the golden rule of keeping your passport in a safe place especially out of the reach of pets, Tovey said that he was dreading telling his coach that he would be unavailable for the game.
Speaking to BBC News about the unfortunate incident, the sheepish former Wales Young Player of the Year said:
“It’s a bit like the old schoolboy excuse of the dog ate my homework. Buster is always chewing things but usually its my sock and shoes.”
Explaining that he knew he was in trouble as soon as he saw the wrecked passport, he went on to explain how he thought no-one would believe him.
“As soon as I saw the passport I thought I’d never get through airport security with it. I was dreading telling my team coach, I didn’t think anyone would believe.”
As well as missing the game, he had to fork out £103 for a new passport. Having apparently learned his lesson, he added:
“I’ll be keeping it on my top shelf – well out of the way of Buster’s teeth.”
But the following year, Tovey had more passport woes. Back at the Dragons by then, he had been due to travel as a sub with his team to Paris to take on Stade Français in a European Challenge Cup game.
But coach Lyn Jones was unable to call on his services because he had put his passport through the wash!
1. Andy Powell
An explosive ball carrier, the much-travelled former No. 8-cum-blindside flanker earned 23 caps for Wales between 2008 and 2012 and was a member of Wales’ 2012 grand slam-winning squad.
One of Welsh rugby’s biggest characters, the 36-year-old was also a member of the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and won the 2009 EDF Cup with Cardiff Blues.
But Brecon-born Powell, who bravely opened up about his battle with depression last year, is perhaps best known for an episode which became known as ‘buggygate’.
Following Wales’ last-gasp 31-24 win over Scotland in 2010, Powell decided to let off some steam and after a night’s drinking, he felt the need for a smoke.
With a service station not too far by car from the Welsh team’s Vale of Glamorgan base, Powell decided to head out at 6am to fetch a packet of cigarettes.
But rather than calling a taxi, he decided to take a golf buggy. After chugging along the busy M4 motorway for 45 minutes, he arrived at the service station. But then the police showed up and the former Dragons star was promptly arrested and put in a police van.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Powell spoke about that crazy journey:
“We had cracked the wine open at the start of the night. My mate said, “take the car” and I said “no, we’ll get nicked, I’ll take the golf cart! What can they do us for? Speeding?”.
“It took us 45 minutes to get there and then the copper pulled up – caught red handed! I was put in a van, taken to the station and drove past some of the players on the way.
“They were still p****d up, outside the door of Walkabout. The Police stopped at McDonald’s and got me a double sausage McMuffin, so I got something to eat after all!”
Powell was handed a 15-month driving ban for ‘buggygate’ and has avoided golf buggies since.
[gravityform id=”1″ title=”true” description=”true”]
Read More About: 2009 EDF Cup final, 2010 Six Nations Wales vs Scotland, 2012 six nations, andy powell, aviva premiership, british and irish lions 2009 tour to south africa, cardiff blues, Cheetahs vs Ospreys, duncan taylor, edinburgh, european challenge cup, european champions cup, glasgow warriors, Jason Tovey, newport gwent dragons, Ospreys, ryan wilson, saracens, Scotland national rugby team, Scotland summer tour to Australia and Fiji 2017, scott baldwin, stade francais, toulon rugby, Vale of Glamorgan hotel, Wales national rugby team