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    kelly e wrote:
    A total travesty, another ridiculous example of a British justice system gone mad!!!! I have no doubt that at this weekends 6 nations there will be plenty of fights in the pitch by professional players what will only be tantamount to a red card! Just like it is every year...a boxer goes into a ring knowing their going to get their head smashed in because it's sport, a rugby player chooses to go on a rugby pitch knowing that with any full contact sport you're going to get hurt, and absolutely under no illusion that if you wind another player up to the point of rage ( very effective game tactic) you're going to get hurt!! I fear that if this is meant to set an example to the sporting world that violence shouldn't be tolerated, then I'm afraid this will be the end of the rugby game we have loved for so many generations
    Really ? this is not the 1930s. There is rarely a punch thrown at international or regional level because they are spotted by the referee, touch judge or citing officers and discouraged by coaches due to the consequences.

    Every rugby player at every level knows they have a duty of care and that they will be in court if they go overboard. Plenty of players have been prosecuted and jailed for assault on the pitch over the years, this is nothing new.

    Thankfully most players can control themselves and no-one goes into a rugby match with the expectation that they will be punched and seriously injured. That would indeed be the end of rugby if the players couldn't control themselves."
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Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles jailed for punching opponent after match

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A CROSS Keys rugby player has been jailed for a year after a punch he threw during a “huge” end-of-game brawl left a fellow player in need of 28 stitches.

Back row forward Rhys Peebles, 30, was sentenced for malicious wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

The incident took place on November 29 last year, during the dying minutes of the Principality Premiership away game against Cardiff RFC at Cardiff Arms Park.

Callum Lewis, from Merthyr, was left with a nasty cut below his eye and only returned to action last week, said a Cardiff RFC spokesman after the hearing.

In mitigation, Jonathan Wellington said Peebles, who was sent off for throwing the punch, had lashed out “in the heat of the moment”.

“There was a huge brawl and everything happened so quickly that, in his mind, he thought the other player was moving towards the brawl and he lashed out. Obviously that blow landed.”

Mr Lewis, 20, is said to have made a full recovery and is currently playing for Wales Under-20s.

But Peebles, of Pontywaun, was handed a 12-month custodial sentence on Tuesday and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

He pleaded guilty at a preliminary hearing on January 7.

Cross Keys won the game against Cardiff 38-10, to make it six straight competitive wins up to that point.

Peebles, said on the Cross Keys RFC website to be a carpenter, is listed as 6ft 2in tall and weighing 16-and-a-half stones.

He lists past clubs as Abercarn, but has played for Cross Keys since 2005.

His best season came in the 2011/12 campaign when he was on the winning side for 20 out of the 29 games he played, scoring 15 points.

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