Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Theres unfortunately been another out of control fight in a Romanian rugby match, this time between CSU Arad and RCM Timisoara, resulting in three players being taken to hospital after the match.
Its hard to say what exactly sparked it, but pretty much the whole team was involved in this mass brawl that spread across the field and included substitutes and coaches from both sides.
It started 20 minutes into the first half of the Central and Eastern European Rugby Cup match, held in the western city of Arad, Romania on Sunday
The manager of RCM, Danut Borzas, said that they had received threats before the match, which resulted in their players being punched and kicked after twenty minutes of rugby.
"We have three players in hospital. They were punched and thrown to the ground and then kicked," he said.
One player suffered head injuries, another had a broken nose and the third had several teeth knocked out.
The Romanian Rugby Federation has declined to comment as yet, but Borzas says he will be sending in a complaint, and probably to the International Rugby Federation too.
The match was won 42-16 by RCM Timisoara.
While this type of thing can happen anywhere in the world, something seems to be missing in the culture and minds of these players. Making threats before a match is ridiculous, and certainly not a part of rugby as we know it.
Midweek Madness - Romanian mass brawl
Note: If anyone has any further info, pics, or video of the incident, please send it in. Thanks.