Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I'm not sure exactly what it is about the French Top 14 league, but for whatever reason, these guys have fist fights extremely often compared with other professional leagues around the world.
In most places if a punch is thrown, they're off and more than likely suspended for a few weeks. In France, and correct me if I'm off the mark here, but it seems that pretty much anything goes.
What we see in this clip are fights between Stade Francais and Toulouse, Biarritz, and Montpellier respectively.
The last brawl, from this season against Montpellier, was pretty much disgraceful. A massive fight between virtually all the players resulted in the two hookers getting sent off.
AFTER being sent off, it started up again, with two tough front rowers exchanging numerous blows before the rest of the team joined in again.
Crazy stuff, but it does make for interesting viewing.
Note: The audio has been disabled due to youtube policies. We'll try get it sorted soon.