England halfback Ben Youngs has issued an apology via social media after cutting short a television interview following his side’s series defeat against South Africa.
Youngs made quick work of his post-match interview with Sky Sports’ Gail Davis, running off to the sheds after a quick answer to just one question.
The 28-year-old was asked by Davis if England’s fifth defeat in a row felt like “a bad case of deja vu”.
Youngs quickly replied “Yeah, we’re really disappointed. We lost the series, we’re gutted about that, we’ll work hard this week and we look forward to getting it right next week,” before disappearing after just 11 seconds.
After Youngs’ exit, a disappointed Davis was heard saying “well, that was short wasn’t it”.
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— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) June 16, 2018
Youngs later apologised on Twitter, claiming that his emotions got the best of him and that he was clearly disappointed in the result. He also said he caught up with Davis later.
Just wanted to say sorry I walked off during my interview with Sky Sports. Obviously was very emotional and disappointed with result. Good to chat to Gail second time round just now. We go again in Cape Town. Thank you everyone ?
— Ben Youngs (@benyoungs09) June 16, 2018
75-Test Youngs was subject to scrutiny from Sky Sports pundits and users of social media following the interview.
Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted “England can’t even front up a post-match interview let alone a Test match. Pathetic from @benyoungs09. He should apologise to Gail Davis.”
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said it was “simply bad manners and childish” in his column for Daily Mail.
The series will conclude at Cape Town next weekend where Youngs’ England side will be looking to avoid a southern hemisphere sweep.
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