From the sound of the announcers, this sounds like it happened in Australia. Regardless, the guy with the ball in white takes a shot that knocks him out.
That’ll loosen some teeth.
In most countries, if a man ran out in the middle of a major sporting event in a skirt and lifted it up to reveal he wasn’t wearing any underwear, he’d not only get arrested, he’d likely get taken for a psychiatric evaluation.
But not in Australia.
Down under, you see, they have a slightly different sense of humor, so a Scotsman in a kilt at a rugby match is probably a welcome distraction. In this case it was Murray Greig, 22, who followed the Scotland team on a world tour that landed them in Australia for the first time in 30 years (you fellas gotta get out more.) The Scots won 9-6, which prompted young Mr. Greig to run out onto the field in his kilt, do a handstand (NO!) and then proudly lift it up as he raised a triumphant finger into the air. The result? Greig became a media start in Australia, where the local press dubbed him “Braveheart” and the ESPN channel used his antics to promote the tour broadcast.
How did things turn our for this streaker? According to Greig, “I was running around the pitch and security guards were chasing me. I managed to dodge them for about another 30 seconds before they caught up with me. The police asked me for ID but I didn’t have any, so they let me go.”
Source: Daily Record
Yes, you read that right, the shorts-wearing streaker grabbed and tackled a Samoan rugby player during a match this past week. Using these guys are just out for a drunken run across the field and a chance to delight the crowd as they run away from overweight security guards. But not this time. We are starting to see something new here friends: fans running out onto the field to attack opposing players. And security forces don’t seem able to stop it.
Is it part of our “I’m famous because I was on TV for five seconds” culture, or is fan angry getting so ratcheted up that we can’t tell the difference between being FOR our team and AGAINST their rivals?
Most of you were probably watching this Samoan Rugby Championship Game between Nu’uuli and Avele (it’s like the Super Bowl of Samoan rugby) when this incident broke out, but for the few that didn’t here’s what happened: the guys on Nu’uuli didn’t like a call the referee made, he tried to explain it to them, and they allegedly beat the crap out of him for it.
We know, it’s complicated, but if you would watch more rugby you’d understand why they were upset.
Rugby players getting drunk and getting into trouble is nothing new. Lady rugby players getting drunk and busting up some store windows near a bar, now THAT’S new. Meet Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden, who plays for England on an under-20 level team, was reportedly at a bar with a friend and had quite a bit to drink (according to one report, she had five large bottles of cider, along with a number of Jägar Bombs, a drink consisting of a shot of Jägermeister with Red Bull and cider) and she wanted to go home, but the friend did not. So, Kayleigh smashed a couple of glasses in the ladies room and got kicked out of the bar.
Once outside she didn’t calm down and reportedly smashed the windows of a nearby hair salon (at the prompting of some well-meaning fans), which got the cops involved. Kayleigh allegedly swore at the officers when they arrived and struggled with them after being cuffed and was reported, at one point, to be head butting the ground. You know, as in concrete, asphalt . . . something harder than one’s skull. Not a good idea, even for a rugby player.
Not surprisingly, Callaway-Bawden was arrested and will have to pay some fines and restitution. And, likely, they are not happy with her on the rugby team either. No mug shot, but we can imagine she got a nice forehead bruise to remind her of that evening.