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When no one would help a girl being attacked, a rugby player stepped up

By Ian Cameron
Jake Taylor and Noor Fadel

A 21-year-old rugby player is being hailed a hero after he intervened where others wouldn’t – saving a Muslim teenager from a racist attack on a Vancouver train this week.


Canadian Transit police have since arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted 17-year-old Noor Fadel, 17, because she was wearing a hijab.

The suspect is alleged to have launched a foul mouth tirade in front of a pack train of commuters, yet no one intervened until the attack escalated into a physical assault, at which point Vancouver Rugby Club player Jake Taylor stepped in.

Fadel recounted the tale on the her Facebook page, which duly went viral.

“After work I missed my last bus back home so I had to take a train… On the Canada line at around 9:57 pm I got on a sat a few seats away from a man on the train with a lot of people on.

“This man got up and started to swear at me, calling me a whore and a slut telling me he will kill me and all Muslims in a mix of Arabic and some other language I wasn’t understanding.”

“He raised his hand and began saying he was going to kill me. I wanted to film him but I was afraid he was going to hit me
He was using horrific words as he was aggressively making actions when he tried to grab my head and shove it to his crotch.”

The attacker then slapped her across her face, at which point the 6’3, 90kg Taylor decided to put pay to the violent assault.


“And everyone watched as he did so. Everyone stayed seated and did not utter a word but one man. One guy just like me on his way home from work got up and pushed the guy away and stayed in front of me until the man got off at Vancouver city centre.

“The guy with me then got off at Yale town and stayed with me the entire time when police and paramedics arrived. Out of a whole train filled with people. One person got up and did something and said something.”

“Due to this kind stranger who protected me I was able to sneak a picture or two of the man who attacked me before he got off the train.”

“Thank you to Jake Taylor for being the one person, once a stranger now a dear friend who stood up for me no matter for my appearance.”


Speaking to the Nelson Daily, the hero’s former rugby coach Michael Joyce said of Taylor. “Jake has a big heart. He has Tourette’s and understands what it is like to be marginalized and picked on.”

“Jake was teased all of his life, but playing rugby, we could see his confidence grow,” Joyce told the paper. “The guys on the team just loved him.”


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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 11 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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