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THROWBACK: That time Jason Eaton violated Brent Ward on camera

BY Grant Constable  ·  Thursday Apr 29, 2021

It’s hard to believe but it’s been ten years since we saw this rather bizarre moment that these days might have caused an international outcry and maybe even some kind of harassment in the workplace lawsuit. 

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In reality, it was simply a little bit of banter between two competitive players taking part in the ITM Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

With things evenly poised in the first half, Jason Eaton did something quite bizarre and it was caught on camera, reminding the giggling commentary crew of a man named John Hopoate.

Hopoate was a Rugby League player in the NRL who was suspended in 2001 for 12 weeks after he stuck his finger in an inappropriate place on not one, but three players. In the same match.

He claimed it was just a bit of gamesmanship as he attempted to ‘give them a wedgie with my finger’, but they felt slightly differently, resulting in the big suspension and Hopoate making headline news around the world.

“It wasn’t a wedgie. That’s when your pants are pulled up your arse. I think I know the difference between a wedgie and someone sticking their finger up my bum,” said Peter Jones, one of the unfortunate victims.

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In Eaton’s case, Brent Ward was the pokee, as the big lock couldn’t resist having a little go at him.

The good news is it was all just a laugh, nothing too sinister, and no charges came into play.

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Ward did walk a little funny afterwards though.

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