In light of the story surrounding Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola’s late night after England’s draw to Scotland on Saturday, fans on Twitter cannot believe that this is newsworthy.
The duo came in in the late hours of Sunday morning and caused a disturbance in their west London hotel. While there is no curfew in Eddie Jones’ team, players are expected to return together.
However, at the end of a long Six Nations Championship, many fans have taken the players’ side, highlighting the pressure that is put on professional sportspeople and the fact that they are still humans. Some fans are even questioning the environment that Eddie Jones and England are creating whereby this would be deemed a serious offence.
This is what the fans are saying:
Apologise? What sort of culture are England Rugby running? Most teams would accept and indeed expect this; they bond through tales of players getting into scrapes and having fun after games. Weird.
— Phil Evans (@bigphilgj) March 21, 2019
So they stayed out late after the final game, we've all been there. Big group go out most want to go home but a couple fancy a late one. Cant really see any issue with this. Thier clubs wld probably be more concerned.
— Darren Peters (@fwb1974) March 21, 2019
— adamreuben (@adamreuben) March 21, 2019
Humans go out on the piss after a tournament the writer of this article is a waste of oxygen frankly
— Mark Scott (@mark_scott3103) March 20, 2019
Team.bonding – maybe if they partied together then they might play better together. Give them a break – they are grown men
— Rhymos (@cwalters1927) March 20, 2019
As a passionate Welshman who has no love for England…what a non-story. Unless the case is being made that this is a smaller piece of a bigger issue, who cares?
— Maddy (@madaboutewe) March 20, 2019
Goodness sake ???? rugby playing adults get pissed after tournament finishes… so what!! Let them chill.out
— Nykoma Hamilton (@NykomaHamilton) March 20, 2019
Spot on. Tournament was over. Pathetic.
— Colin Davies (@ColinDavies8) March 20, 2019
How is it even an issue/story ?????
— Rich Lawrence ??????? (@rich3393) March 20, 2019
As Martin Johnson once said “rugby player drinks beer, shocker” ????
— Shaun (@shaunie_72) March 20, 2019
Think most of them had a bevvy at half time never mind after the match.
— Ross (@rossh3976_ross) March 21, 2019
The consensus is clearly that the players are allowed to go out at the end of a tournament, as time in the England training camp would have taken its toll.
Of course, in the past, Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona were sent home from an England training camp for a similar transgression, but perhaps the fans feel differently about this one due to the fact that the Six Nations is now over. Indeed, some fans have made light of the story, suggesting England started drinking at half time of their match at Twickenham, after squandering a 31-7 lead against Scotland.
Furthermore, as much as Welsh fans would want to deride their rival nation, and vice versa, this seems to be a story in which the fans have universally sided with the players.
Both Te’o and Vunipola have apologised to their teammates, and the issue has been dealt with by England, and it looks as though that is the end of it, even though the fans feel there was nothing to begin with.
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