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  • "I know this man really well and he is a gentle giant. All the negative comments on here are unreal. this is a game of rugby where adrenalin takes over the body and no doubt tomorrow in the internationals punches are going to be thrown ! This should have never have gone this far what happens on the pitch should stay on the pitch ! What happened to the days when you had to be a man to play a mans sport ? The next thing will be boxers being sent to jail for breaking an opponents noes or something. im sure the player who got punched would have thrown a few punches in his time. Rhys was just unlucky he caught the guy in the wrong place and it done some damage. Plus the guys back playing only 2 months after ??? There are much bigger criminals out there who do much worse and get a slap on the wrist. its Rhys's first offence and he gets sent to prison 1 word JOKE !"
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Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles jailed for punching opponent after match

Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles 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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