Monday, 30 May 2005

A low point even for rugby league

A low point even for rugby league this morning.

Out-and-out thug and former Warrior's- prodigy Shaun Metcalf and his two teenage friends tried to kick to death Metcalf's unborn child two years ago by viciously assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in a Mangere carpark. They served an eighteen month jail sentence for the assault, and now have been handed a ticket back to rugby league.

An NZPA report says this morning:
The New Zealand Rugby League board has decided the three Auckland 17-year-olds, suspended for assaulting the teenage girl in a suburban reserve nearly two years ago, can rejoin the code.
Who on earth would look forward to cheering any sporting achievement by these guys?

Remember just a few years ago when the Springboks fielded in their front row a convicted murderer, jailed for beating to death a black farm labourer? It was a low point even for the Springbok jersey, and yesterday's decision leaves a similar taste in the mouth.

You can be banned from rugby league for life for punching a referee, but these guys who only through good fortune failed to kick to death an unborn child somehow deserved a chance to 'rehabilitate themselves.' This is a low point even for rugby league.


  1. Totally agree - these animals do not belong on a sporting field.

  2. Rugby League or Rugby Union? Which is better?
    Personally I think Rugby League out classes union by far, though being a Wakefield Wildcats fan makes me a little biased! However I do admit that internationally Rugby League needs some work so Rugby Union has that on its side but what about the game itself?
    It seems that Rugby Union is just a collection of dog piles most of the time followed by short lived runs which either involve running straight into the other teams players or scoring the odd try, WHY!?
    In Rugby League I can see the point in running straight into your opponent as you have to make some ground only having six tackles to do it but in Union, it’s just a way of losing the ball! Fools!
    I mean I like doing a little every other week but when it comes to Rugby Union, its just boring! KICK! THERE INFRONT! KICK! THERE BEHIND!! KICK THERE INFRONT AGAIN!!! OH NO WAIT!! THERE BEHIND AGAIN! RUN THE DAMN BALL!!!!
    Anyway I’ll stop my rant here and give someone else say what they think!


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