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Borthwick sacks off cup launch for beer festival

Posted Sep 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Steve Borthwick

This week has been quite busy for Rugby Union with lots going on. Here we take a look at all the latest news from egg-chasing circles and give you our opinion on each story.
Firstly, as we have regularly, we start with Mr. Gavin Henson. Yep, he’s in the news again! Is it getting boring now or is it just me?
Anyway, the Welsh centre has confirmed he will make a return to international rugby this year after accepting an invitation to play for the Barbarians against South Africa. He may not have played since March 2009 but he will face the Springboks at Twickenham on December 4th.
Now this seems ludicrous to me. I rate Henson and think on his day he can influence any game. But he hasn’t played in 18 months! He’s not been involved. He’s not trained properly. I think he’s going to end up embarrassing himself and I can’t see how he will last the full 80 minutes should he be asked to do so. Mark December 4th in your diaries if you’re interested to see how he gets on.
Elsewhere, and great news for rugby and in particular Ospreys fans. Their flanker Ben Lewis has been discharged from hospital following the neck injury he suffered against Aironi on Sunday.
The 24-year-old was withdrawn in the 23rd minute on Ospreys 38-6 victory in the Magners League. He has no lasting damage.
This is great news. Rugby can be a brutal sport at times and I have seen first hand how it can devastated someone’s life so to see Lewis has no lasting damage is fantastic. We love to watch the physicality of the game but we must remember that player safety is paramount and every step should be taken to ensure this.
And finally, Saracens have apologised to European Rugby Cup (ERC) after captain Steve Borthwick failed to attend Monday’s Heineken Cup launch at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The 30-year-old was the only missing representative from the coaches and captains of the 12 English, Welsh and Scottish clubs taking part. He had been told by his club to miss the launch and attend a team bonding session at a beer festival in Munich. It could cost the Premiership club €5,000.
Although I agree with team bonding and the strength and spirit that can be born from such events, but rugby is trying to portray a professional aura and the figureheads of this should be the captains and coaches. And I believe Borthwick should have gone along to the launch and then perhaps made his way out to Germany. Commitments need to be honoured to influence the younger participants in the sport in the right way.

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