All I have to say is DON’T BITE IN RUGBY PEOPLE! Seriously, what kind of freaky person would do this and think it’s okay?
Rugby opponent took a bite of my finger
Published on 11/04/2006
AN INVESTIGATION by rugby union chiefs is under way after a woman from Cumbria was left with blood dripping from her finger which she claims was bitten by an opponent.
Shocked Belinda Lloyd told how she screamed in agony after a rival player sank her teeth into her finger when a women’s cup game between Carlisle Cougars and Scunthorpe turned nasty.
Carlisle have reported the incident to the Rugby Football Union for Women and, if it is proven, the Scunthorpe player, who has not been named, could face a life ban.
Belinda, 32, who lives in Penrith, said: “We were involved in a ruck by their try-line and I felt a sharp pain in my finger and realised this player was biting me.
“I squealed but she held on until I started screaming and shouting out. It was extremely painful and was pouring with blood as she had bitten right through the skin.”
Women’s rugby rulers confirmed they are looking into the incident and, if the player is found guilty, she could face a life ban.
RFUW managing director Rosie Williams said: “I have every faith that, if this has happened, the player will be dealt with as severely as possible. Biting is one of the most serious offences in the game.
“Foul play isn’t something we condone. Women’s rugby prides itself on playing the game in the proper spirit and ethos of the game.”
Both Carlisle and Scunthorpe had already been knocked out of the National Shield competition in Sheffield but faced each other in the closing game of the tournament, when nothing was at stake.
Belinda, a countryside warden, has played rugby for 13 years after taking it up at university, and said she has never experienced foul play.
“I have never come across anything like this or heard about this kind of thing in the women’s game,” said Belinda.
A spokeswoman for Scunthorpe refused to comment.
Not only is this crossing a line of aggressive play, but what about infectious diseases and hygiene? A life ban is 100% appropriate.
Update: Sorry, this post was freaking out a bit. I had to delete it and repost it again because it pushed down my sidebar for some reason. Damn Blogger.