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Saracens facing fine from ERC

European Saracens
by mynyffarni (U14017100) 28 September 2010
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The press are reporting that there was only one captain who was absent from the official launch of the Heineken European Cup yesterday, and that was Saracens' Steve Borthwick who was instead sent by his club to the Munich Beer Festival for a club bonding session. They are now facing a fine, not for fielding one man too many but for willingly being one man short at the launch...

Any thoughts on this? Seems strange to me that a professional club can't arrange its calendar better, but if I was Borthwick I'd also prefer to go to the Oktoberfest over a launch. But I'm not captain of a high-profile rugby club.

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comment by dai (U13672745)

posted Sep 28, 2010

Nothing really wrong IMO. But it's hilarious to read KoE and other Saes posters with superiority complexes bringing Ospreys into it. Can you just imagine the ex public or leafy suburb school boys jumping up and down and frothing at the mouth if it'd been our Gav?!

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posted Sep 28, 2010

It's nothing to do with Steve Borthwick, if he is told by his club to go elseware then he really has no choice as they pay his wages. Fine the club by all means but not the indivudual who is totally innocent.

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posted Sep 29, 2010

As onasidenote said Where were the Italian,Irish and French teams? I thought it was meant to be the Heineken cup launch. Why weren't they invited?

Everyone stop bashing Borthwick. It was the club's choice to send him to the beer festival not his own.

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posted Sep 29, 2010

French? Right at the front, holding the cup.

A couple of years ago Jean-Baptiste Ellisalde spent 24+ hours taking 2 planes and a train to get to the photo shoot, then was expected to play at the week-end.

Chosing not to attend gives you an unfair advantage, is a fine enough?

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posted Sep 29, 2010

From the article it said he wasn't even going to be interviewed. So he was only going to be there for a quick photo. Absolute joke the ERC must have better things to do with it's time? Maybe it should try sorting out it's rules on short term players for example so we don't have the same travesties as last year.

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posted Sep 29, 2010

I think Lawrence Dayglo has a point. Action needs to be taken against Borthwick - may help him grow up a bit and mature as a person and a leader.

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comment by petrin (U14505231)

posted Sep 29, 2010

It’s terrible, a professional sportsman on the razz when he should been fulfilling his commitments. What sort of example is that setting to the youngsters.Humphhh!

Its a disgrace

Disgusted
Tunbridge Wells

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comment by james (U14630929)

posted Oct 1, 2010

i do not see the problem, rugby is about building being part of a team at all levels and Steve went on a team building exercise. personaly i think this was more important. if he wasnt needed why be there when he could be else where with his team mates!

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comment by Ponty1 (U9235186)

posted Oct 28, 2010

What a pathetic bunch of incompetents and self-aggrandisers the ERC are. Good grief, next time I see Borthwick I'll buy him a double Stein of Munich Lager. Cheers, mate!

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