The brawl occurred during a scrum session watched by school children in Oxford, although no photos or videos were taken. Georgia head coach Milton Haig said that tension will be inevitable between two sides that go toe-to-toe in this manner, but that has not stopped some fans being critical of the events that occurred, particularly the example set to those watching.
Additionally, some people mentioned the treatment that the England rugby team would receive compared to the England football team, if something like this occurred.
Great role models to the kids
Imagine if this was football
Tut tut tarquin
— Jonathan Oliver (@JonathanOllie) February 28, 2019
Imagine if this had been the England football team and not a bunch of fine, upstanding, professional rugby union chaps.
Union, a gentlemanly game of respect for the ref, handshakes and beers at the final whistle and punches thrown in front of children.https://t.co/sbbFTUNb0b
— Jimmy Smallwood (@jimmy_smallwood) February 28, 2019
Won't somebody think of the children https://t.co/0WjLg1k5jV
— Jack Yates (@JackYates94) February 28, 2019
On the other hand, there was a number of England fans that thought nothing of this. Many highlighted the fact that a scrum session will unavoidably get heated, and that is the nature of rugby at the end of the day.
These sentiments were echoed by second-row George Kruis, downplayed the events, claiming that it is a contact sport.
'It's a contact sport'
— Chris Jones BBC (@chjones9) February 28, 2019
It’s not a bad thing.
— James (@Jamesrayner69) February 28, 2019
Nothing beats a ‘live’ scrum session, and that can get very heated when 2 teams@at it.
This happens all the time. Even within teams. They get pumped up and smash shit out of each other, it’s bound to boil over
— Scarlet Fever '72 ??? (@ScarletFever72) February 28, 2019
Forwards training & fight ALMOST broke out.
Next story please
— Gilbert_Green (@gilbertxgreen) February 28, 2019
— Lee Woolward (@Leewoolward) February 27, 2019
Furthermore, some fans were saying that this fighting spirit was what was missing in England’s miserable loss to Wales last weekend in the Six Nations.
Eddie Jones’ men were dominated by the Welsh in the second half at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, and some feel that England should have shown a similar attitude towards their bitter rivals.
Pity that they didn’t show some fire last weekend
— john parry (@mrpazz) February 28, 2019
4 days to late
— Craig Amos #BackToJack (@amoscraig) February 28, 2019
Personally a massive fight in the England training camp against Georgia is probably a what’s needed. @EnglandRugby
— Anthony Youngs (@Youngsy1989) February 28, 2019
It is clear that events like this can perhaps be blown out of proportion, and that is perhaps why it does not phase many fans.
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