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  • "Having read many of the varied posts I will try to condense my opinion and summarize as best as possible whilst trying to remain impartial and mindful that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I certainly do not expect everyone to subscribe to mine.

    Do I condone the unfortunate violence that has led to the injuries sustained from one punch? No, the physicality within the game itself should always be enough of a platform to vent frustration/aggressi
    on however being a current rugby player myself I acknowledge the reality is that regrettably this is not always the case .

    Should there be a consequence for Rhys actions? Yes, absolutely this behavior can never become the "Norm" and I totally understand and agree that every effort should be made to minimize violent episodes between players that can lead to a nasty injury.

    Is Rhys a danger to the public where a custodial sentence is the only option? Definitely not, I am certain that we can all think of numerous characters within society more deserving to be locked away who prey on the most vulnerable in society.

    Would community service, fine and or a ban suffice? Yes I firmly believe that this would have been proportionate and would serve as enough of deterrent and clear message not only to Rhys but to others who partake in the game. (Taking into account injuries were NOT career threatening as the lad played as recent as this evening)

    Finally I strongly feel that a precedence has now been set and a significant line in the sand has been drawn.
    My fear that this case may well indeed be used as a reference point for "American style" culture of rugby players being sued and counter sued for personal injury claims (Whilst not in any way trivializing the injuries sustained in this case)"
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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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