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England's Ben Earl has gone viral over another excessive celebration

By Kim Ekin
Ben Earl of England gestures during the Summer International match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on August 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Gaspafotos/MB Media/Getty Images)

A week after the England rugby team’s on-field celebratory antics were brought to light and condemned by former coach Clive Woodward as ‘childish’, flanker Ben Earl has gone viral in the 29-10 loss to Ireland.

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The England openside collapsed to his knees, fists clinched, momentarily overwhelmed by delight over a mis-executed lineout by Ireland in the first half.

Earl finished the excessive display of emotion with a quick fist pump towards the Irish backline as he roared loudly.

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The turnover of possession was largely to do with opposition error, which is why many fans believe Earl’s celebration is unsportsmanlike and purely goading opposition players.

England’s over the top antics are causing discomfort with fans given the results. Fans labelled the display as ‘so sad’ as Earl received backlash over his passionate display.

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Some corners of England fans believe that the behaviour is driven by Saracens players as their culture permeates into the England team.

Maro Itoje explained the thought process in 2020 which he denied had anything to do with the opposition.

“I have a contrasting view to the premise of your question,” Itoje said at the time over celebratory antics.

“When there is a celebration of a small moment or small victory within the game it almost always has nothing to do with the opposition.

“The opposition don’t cross my mind. I try as much as possible not to waste any energy on the opposition. My energy is towards my team, it is to celebrate my teammate doing something remarkable, it is to celebrate my teammate doing something that we are trying to encourage.”

“So, it actually has nothing to with the opposition. It is more about championing a value or behaviour that we respect as a team.”

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