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    Now_we_go wrote:
    Unbelievable some of the comments on here!!! People are condoning Peebles' actions because someone stuck a rugby ball in his face????!!!! If that was your child and someone 'stuck a rugby ball in their face' and that player beat him so bad he ripped his face open thus requiring 28 stitches in a wound would you condone it then????

    People's comments on here make me want to lose faith in the human race and quite frankly I know facts, after certain injuries that have happened at Pandy Park over the last few years to the opposition they should put a cage around the pitch and get ESPN to take it from there....Gavin Qunnell anyone??? That young promosing player lost an eye!!! When I hear what happened there I was nearly sick!
    Can I please make you aware that the single punch from Rhys Peebles, and NOT a beating, was not from having a ball pushed in his face - the Cardiff captain, who had already been yellow carded in the game, threw the ball at full force in to Peebles face and from that a 30-man brawl ensued, in which the Cardiff player was involved.
    With regard to the Quinnell incident, yes it was very sad that he lost the sight in his eye but it was in a standard ruck and no prosecution could ever be brought against any player because there was nothing suspicious to report unlike the ruck in which Ian Evans was involved just a few weeks ago - the Irish player then was extremely lucky to not lose an eye. If you want to carry on would you prosecute Garin Jenkins for breaking the neck of Gwyn Jones?
    Before making such sweeping comments about incidents you obviously have no knowledge of would recommend gaining all relevant facts."
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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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