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Stephen Jones’s deleted rugby 7s article leads to hilarious wikipedia update

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday May 15, 2023

Infamous Rugby journalist Stephen Jones is not one to mince his words when it comes to his thoughts on the state of the sport.

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Writing for The Sunday Times, the Welsh journalist has at times come under fire for what has been perceived as unnecessarily negative coverage of the sport.

One such article relates to the upcoming London 7s and the shortened code as a whole which Jones labelled as “Gaudy fun, not to be taken too seriously”.

However, despite the article being published at 12.01am on Sunday May 14th it has subsequently been removed from The Sunday Times website.

This removal was not missed by those on social media with screenshots of the article doing the rounds whilst Jones’s Wikipedia page has had a rather hilarious update.

Now reading as: ON 14 May 2023 Stephen accidentally revealed himself to be a time traveller after publishing an article on The Times newspaper website (quickly deleted) wherein he wrote a scathing article about the Rugby Sevens at Twickenham stating “Yesterday at Twickenham, nearly 50,000 were expected for the London leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series. What is more, Twickenham say they expect 25,000 to attend today for the finals” – The Twickenham London leg of the 7s was scheduled to be played on 20 May 2023, a whole week later. This was revealed on a Reddit post /rugbyunion[4].”

What this post notes is that Jones not only got the date of the tournament wrong but also quotes an unnamed source for an attendance figure that couldn’t possibly be correct given the event’s date.

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Stephen Jones just criticized an event that hasn’t even happened yet. The London 7s are next week…
by u/joaofig in rugbyunion

Apparently the S Jones Sevens article
by u/Springboks2019 in rugbyunion

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