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    Kls1981 wrote:
    My husband has received many injuries over the years, including a severely broken hand and twisted fingers which resulted in surgery and time off work. That was the result of an opponent stamping repeatedly on his hand.... Many times he has come home with black eyes, broken nose etc etc. his choice from a young age was to play the sport he loves. Being 31 and family and career orientated now he has given it up. In the years since I've known him I have nursed him, spent hours at the hospital and changed dressings and all because, in his words 'that's what rugby is, if your not tough enough to take it your not tough enough for the game'
    While I do not like this, condone violence and would be mortified if my sons were injured in this way unfortunately you put 30 testosterone hot blooded men on a pitch tempers will explode.. It's natural and has always been the case.... Seriously awful sentence for Rhys and it's a shame he was made an example of.
    With respect, you are missing the point. Rugby is a tough physical contact sport and within the laws of the game many injuries occur. These are tough guys and the macho element means some may even accept injuries outside of the laws of the game. However no player agrees to serious injury as a result of a punch and it would make no difference if they did because the law of the land is its assault, its irrelevant if its on a rugby pitch. Its not inevitable that tempers will explode because players mostly control themselves."
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Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles jailed for punching opponent after match

Cross Keys rugby player jailed for punching opponent after match

JAILED: Rhys Peebles

'HUGE BRAWL': Rhys Peebles

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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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