Rugby Australia condemns ‘offensive’ behavior by fans towards England staff

Rugby Australia’s chief executive has condemned fans’ “offensive” comments and behavior towards England on Saturday night.

England head coach Eddie Jones was embroiled in an angry confrontation with an Australian fan after being called a “traitor” during the match.

In a statement on Monday, Andy Marinos said comments made by spectators in the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) members’ area towards England staff were “unacceptable” and “not representative of the values ​​of rugby”.

England’s Jamie George, center, and his teammates celebrate with the Ella-Mobbs Cup after rugby international third Mark Baker/AP)

The chief executive added: “We have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior and are working with Venues NSW on appropriate sanctions for such individuals.

“Rugby prides itself on the values ​​of respect and integrity – as seen in the players of both teams after the final whistle of a hard-fought series at the SCG on Saturday night.

“We expect spectators to adhere to these values ​​of respect and integrity when attending rugby matches – and hopefully in society at large.”

It comes after footage posted to social media from Saturday’s 21-17 win showed Jones being baited in two separate incidents on the night England won a series.

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Rugby Australia has condemned the behavior of fans at the weekend game (Mark Baker/AP)

In one clip, a man wearing a Wallabies cap and holding a pint of beer points a finger at Jones as he walks onto the pitch and says “you’re a traitor” twice, prompting a furious backlash.

Jones walks up to the stand and replies “come here and say it” three times, causing the startled fan to cringe, then being led away by a member of the pitch security staff.

The security guard can be heard saying to the fan, “I already spoke to you.”

In another incident that occurs while walking around the SCG members area, Jones is once again called a traitor and this time he replies “what the fuck did you say silly. Fuck you mate.

In a separate incident which also happened during the Third Test of Australia series with England, another fan was filmed climbing onto the roof of the stand and urinating.

England rugby coach Eddie Jones, left, talks to former Australian rugby player Glen Ella
England coach Eddie Jones, left, talks to former Australian rugby player Glen Ella (Mark Baker/AP)

On Monday, Rugby Australia said the man had been banned for life, calling it “deplorable” and “shameful”.

“This individual has been banned for life from Rugby Australia events – and we will continue to support the authorities in their handling of the case,” Mr Marinos said.

It is understood that Jones, an Australian who coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005, suffered hostile abuse while walking to and from the coach’s box with the provision at the SCG meaning he had to walk through sections of the local crowd.

“Clowns think they have a right to abuse coaches,” Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald when asked about the incident.

It comes at the end of a successful tour Down Under in which he orchestrated a valuable series victory 14 months from the next World Cup.

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