England’s officials have formally apologised for the “rude” behaviour of fans at Twickenham on Saturday, during Australia’s 28-14 win over England in their year-end Test match.
Rugby 365 reports that Australia’s High Commissioner has received an apology from the Rugby Football Union for the “bad manners” of England fans who abused the Wallaby goal-kickers during their win at Twickenham.
RFU president Brian Williams also revealed that he will carry out an investigation into why his urgent appeal for sections of the 82,000 crowd to shut up was never broadcast over the public address system.
“I am annoyed about it, very annoyed,” Williams told the Daily Mail.
“I shall be taking steps to find out why the appeal wasn’t made. I apologised to the High Commissioner, John Dauth, as we sat watching the game and heard the noise when they lined up their first penalty. I wasted no time letting him know how sorry I was for what I regarded as very bad manners.
“He said: ‘This sort of thing seems to be happening in the game more and more’.
“I am a great supporter of the ethos of the game and this strikes me as another example of how the crowd is changing and that maybe many of those responsible are not real rugby supporters.
“They are letting England down. After the second Australian penalty, the noise gradually got worse. I think it’s awful.
“Real rugby supporters don’t behave like that because they know it’s wrong to show anything less than complete respect to the kickers from both sides.”
The RFU will take steps to prevent further abuse during the two remaining matches of the year-end Tests, against South Africa this week and New Zealand next week.
“We will make an announcement before the game asking for respect to be shown to both teams,” said Williams.Tweet