6N: No disciplinary action to be taken over Murrayfield tunnel fracas

England centre Owen Farrell and Scotland number eight Ryan Wilson clashed in the tunnel before the start of Saturday's Calcutta Cup match.
England centre Owen Farrell and Scotland number eight Ryan Wilson clashed in the tunnel before the start of Saturday's Calcutta Cup match.

SIX NATIONS RUGBY has decided that no action will be taken against any player for their part in the pre-match scuffle at Murrayfield last Saturday. Instead, both Scottish Rugby and the Rugby Football Union will be reminded of the need to “uphold the reputation” of the Championship.

Footage which emerged after the game showed England’s Owen Farrell barging past Scotland players as both squads returned to the dressing rooms following the pre-match warm-up. Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson was also implicated, although after the game players and coaches from both camps played down the incident.

Six Nations Rugby has now effectively agreed with both sides that nothing happened to warrant disciplinary action against any individual. Its decision to write letters to both unions does not even amount to a symbolic slap on the wrist, and appears to be no more than a public statement that it takes such potentially disruptive incidents seriously.


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“Six Nations Rugby has concluded its investigation into an incident that allegedly took place before the senior men’s international match between Scotland and England at BT Murrayfield in the 2018 Natwest Six Nations Championship on Saturday, 24 February 2018. It had been reported that some of the players had been involved in a ‘melee’ or ‘scuffle’ in or near the tunnel after the pre-match warm-up,” a statement from the tournament organisers read.

“Six Nations Rugby gathered material from the RFU and SRU, as well as from the BBC and the match officials. It also considered footage of the incident. It concluded that there was some evidence of pushing and shoving in the tunnel at the relevant time but no clear evidence of violent conduct or similar against any individual player. Accordingly, Six Nations Rugby will be writing to the SRU and the RFU to remind them and their respective players of their obligations to uphold the reputation of the tournament at all times, but no further disciplinary action will be taken.  Six Nations Rugby will also remind all Unions of their’s [sic] and their players’ obligations.”


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