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Boys tackle sheep for rugby practice in Australia

An elite Australian boarding school is facing condemnation after students were made to tackle sheep as part of a rugby union training exercise.

The students from Sydney's King's School were on a farm retreat in New South Wales when the exercise took place.

The video was posted to Facebook but has since been taken down.

Animal rights groups have expressed outrage at the animals' treatment, but supporters of the students say the sheep are subjected to the same treatment during shearing.

  • 20 May 2016