“Fake” Bloody Rugby Players Finally Explained – Like many of you, I was confused as to why an English rugby player would resort to using a novelty store blood capsule to get himself sent off the field during a critical match (see story below). Why not just fake a knee injury? Fortunately for us, one of our readers (all the way from New Zealand!) provides the answer;
In Rugby – well, certainly since AIDS arrived – if you have obvious signs of bleeding you get ‘blood-binned’ (sent to the sidelines to get patched up whilst a substitute player takes over for you). If you can make it back onto the field within a 10 minute period you can come back on and the thing doesn’t count as one of the six substitutes your team is allowed.
This UK team had a problem, though. With time almost up, and with their real kicker already genuinely substituted, they got given a match-winning kicking chance. The only way to get their kicker back onto the field was if he was subbing for a bleeding player. Falling over, soccer-style, wouldn’t have cut the mustard!
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EARLIER: UK Rugby Player Admits to Using Novelty Shop Blood Capsule to Fake Injury During Game – When you take a close look at the picture, you’re surprised anyone was fooled by this scam. Looks like he ate a Wendy’s cheeseburger and the ketchup spilled onto his face. Hmmm, cheeseburgers. Anyway, here’s my favorite quote from the story:
Willliams admits that when he was handed the fake blood capsule on the pitch by Brennan he put it in his sock and then pulled it out after a contact situation and tried to bite on it. The capsule fell out of his mouth, forcing him to pick it up and and try the whole process again in full view of the sold-out stadium and television cameras.
What we don’t understand is: what was the point of the blood capsule to begin with? If you wanted to be pulled out of the match, why not just fall down at the slightest contact (like European soccer players do) and grab your knee? (This is London)