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  • "After reading this article on this young man Rhys Peebles, I can not believe our leagal system wasted tax payers money and police resources sending this young man to prison. I quite understand this incident should not go with out punishment, but lets put things into perspective shall we. There were two teams playing this tough game of rugby and two teams involved in this brawl, yet just one poor young man made am example off. A sad sad day for the game of rugby, when rugby finds the need to involve our legal system and police force in the game . I am sure their resources should be better used keeping the hard criminals of the street and looking for those who have absconded from prison who are serving sentences for murder. Thats what I call thugery, disgutting and harmful to our society and should never be allowed to walk our streets. Rugby is a tough and physical game where men are men and blood levels run high. Lets just hope this is not going to be the path that rugby clubs are going to go down. Is this a precedence that as been set for any rugby player's who are involed in any brawls on the rugby field, because if so why weren't the other rugby players in court on charge the same as Rhys Peebles and handed out a punishment for their involvement in the brawl. Rugby is what it is a rough hard physical game, there are always alternative games, which are less physical which can be taken up, bowls, Tennis, swimming, ballet lessons and so forth. Total maddness a prison sentence."
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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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