SA Rugby has declined to comment on reports that Springbok Earl Rose was involved in a mass punch-up at a touch-rugby tournament in his home town, Strand, on Tuesday.
Rugby 365 reports that Rose, who was a surprise inclusion in the Bok team for the year-end tour to the United Kingdom last month and is a member of Johannesburg-based Lions, played for a team called Jamaicans in the annual Strand touch-rugby event.
Jamaicans is a team entered by Rose and also included his younger brother Jody, who also plays professional rugby for the Lions. They compete in the Strand event every year when they return home during their annual holiday.
According to local media reports Earl Rose took exception to remarks made by another spectator to his father, Enver, after the two were involved in a scuffle.
The incident, at the end of a match between Jamaicans and a team called ‘Dwergies’ (Midgets), was one of at least two major punch-ups that caused organisers to bring a premature halt to proceedings.
However, SA Rugby declined to comment on the involvement of the Springbok tourist in the fracas.
“The incident has not been reported to SA Rugby and we are unaware of the full facts, and are therefore in no position to comment,” Andy Colquhoun, Strategic Communications Manager at SA Rugby, told rugby365.com on Wednesday.
According to a report in the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, Earl Rose got involved during the altercation between his father, Enver, and another spectator.
“Earl punched the guy seven/eight times. His [the spectator's] face was a bloodied mess,” the newspaper reported.
According to the report Rose’s sister also got involved in the fracas.
The fighting, which was preceded by other incidents, got out of hand, as spectators became involved.
The organiser of the event, Grahame Bobrow, said he regretted the incident – the first time since the tournament’s inception eight years ago that something like this has happened.Tweet