Danny Cipriani has taken to social media to express a new take on the current conversation around diving in the game of Rugby Union.
The debate surrounding players diving was re-ignited this weekend when spectators accused Owen Farrell of ‘diving’ when he went down holding his face after a collision with Luke Northmore, during Saracens’ victory over Harlequins at the Tottenham Stadium.
Farrell was undoubtedly hit by Northmore but the point of contact and then the reaction is what has got people talking.
🟨 Luke Northmore received a yellow for this stray arm on Owen Farrell
🤔 What did you think of this one? #SARvHAR pic.twitter.com/Pdee9hiTA5
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 25, 2023
A lot of fans online have been quick to accuse Farrell and have been very critical of diving in rugby.
However, former Premiership fly-half Danny Cipriani has taken a different approach to the debate.
He suggested that in other sports it is more accepted as part of the game and fans and the media should just enjoy the games rather than constantly nitpicking players.
If we use rugby to pretend we are better than everyone else and en force a moral compass. Our sport will crumble. It is a game. It is theatre. When footballers go down it’s all part of the action. Let’s stop judging and start enjoying https://t.co/w3Y5aUrd2a
— Danny Cipriani (@DannyCipriani87) March 30, 2023
Do you think that rugby is guilty of being on a moral “high horse”?