Rugby is a game of physicality, but it’s also a game of psychological one-up-manship.
Players will and do go to extraordinary lengths to unsettle or discombobulate the opposing team. The French leagues are particularly known for such practices.
The darker side of this area of the game can lead to players grabbing more sensitive parts of the body or even resorting to the foul act of eye-gouging, a black mark on the game that is still to be entirely routed out of the game in France.
However, psychological one-up-manship can lead to more light-hearted moments, as alluded to by Carl Fearns on Twitter this morning. Lyon played Agen and it turned out to be a passionate affair in more ways than one.
The 6’3, 122kg Number Eight tweeted: “The Agen 8 kissed me on the lips three times last night. He Obviously has impeccable taste in men.”
The Agen 8 kissed me on the lips three times last night. He Obviously has impeccable taste in men.
The number eight in question was Antione Miquel, Agen’s captain. The much-fancied backrow’s attention to Fearns didn’t seem to knock his own game, with the 24-year-old scoring a try in what ended up a 25-15 win for the home side at Stade Armandie.
— SUA LG (@agen_rugby) April 27, 2019
It’s clear Fearns saw the funny side of the attention, as did his followers on Twitter.
Dont tell @IzzyFolau
— Gary (@wigelz) April 28, 2019
C’est que de l’amour
— Gonza (@Gonza1509) April 28, 2019
See this is exactly how I'd play it against Vunipola or Folau if I got the chance
— The Loosest Forward ??????????????? (@LoosestThe) April 28, 2019
Fearns left Bath in 2015 after four years with the club, as a path to English national side seemed increasingly unlikely. Having settled in Lyon, he hasn’t looked back since. Such is his love of France, he has since declared his interest in playing for his newly adopted country.
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