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Former Scotland and Scarlets backrow John Barclay clarifies Twitter post

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Wednesday Jan 3, 2024

Former Scotland international John Barclay has stepped forward to elaborate on his previous comments regarding the Ospreys’ United Rugby Championship clash with Cardiff. The rugby veteran had earlier labelled the sight of a lorry at the event as making a ‘mockery of the league,’ sparking a wave of discussions.

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Barclay’s assertion came after he shared an image capturing fans watching the Ospreys’ 27-21 victory in Bridgend while perched on the back of a truck.

However, subsequent revelations shed light on the true purpose of the trucks, as one was utilized as a pre-match stage for a singer, while the other served as a jersey museum at the Brewery Field.

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Facing criticism for his initial remarks, Barclay took to the social media platform X to offer clarification. He emphasised having personally watched the game, acknowledging its quality but stressed the broader context.

The former backrow expressed concern about the game’s financial struggles and the importance of presenting it in the best possible light to attract sponsorship, citing substandard pitches with lorries in the backdrop as detrimental to the league’s image.

As discussions surrounding the incident continue, Barclay’s clarification adds nuance to his initial critique, prompting reflection on the challenges facing modern rugby.

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