Crowd Trouble

Once again the problem of supporters not respecting players and officials is of concern –

The RFU has warned that crowd problems are increasing at grass roots level.

The RFU has reported a rise in numbers playing and watching the game since the World Cup was held in England in 2015.

But those new to the sport need educating on behavioural standards, according to rugby development director Steve Grainger.

“We are starting to see some challenges in touchline behaviour,” Grainger told BBC Radio 5 live.

“As we bring a different demographic into the game and broaden the number of people that come into the game, I think you inevitably get that.”

While rugby union has long vaunted its values around respect towards match officials, Grainger believes verbal abuse from parents and coaches on the touchline at the amateur end of the game is a bigger problem than players’ dissent.

“Traditionally a lot of kids that have come into the sport have come in because their parents have been involved in the sport, so you have a culture there,” he said.

“As we broaden that, we are bringing in parents who themselves have had no exposure to rugby.”

It is the responsibility of every club and true supporter to eradicate this behaviour – in any way they can!


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