England captain Owen Farrell should be handed a ban of at least 10-weeks for his latest dangerous tackle.
Serial offender Farrell of Sarcens faces the English Premiership judiciary after being sent off for a shocking “clothesline” tackle of Wasps player Charlie Atkinson.
Former England player Sandy Goode says it's precisely the sort of dangerous tackle the game is looking to eradicate and strong action must be taken.
But Farrell has a supporter in former WWE wrestling star John Layfield, known for his “clothesline from hell” finishing technique, who believes it’s just part of the rough and tumble of rugby.
Rugby fan Layfield, a 53-year-old American who is a former WWE champion with 17 years in the sport-showbiz extravaganza, rushed to the defense of Farrell.
“Owen Farrell is a great player who has never been accused of dirty play, he made an aggressive mistake. He gets penalized, case closed-it’s a tough sport and he’s a tough guy. And he would be welcome in WWE,” tweeted Layfield.
Layfield, then got into a robust discussion online.
“Rugby guys are tough, apparently a bunch of twitter wannabe rugby players aren’t. A lot of crying going on about a high tackle that got a penalty.
“I see you appreciate a good clothesline! Me too. No one on this chain – I just see so many crying about this and it’s not that big of a deal. It’s a tough sport played by tough people and he was penalized. Owen came to Bermuda and supported our charity, good guy.
“He’s a great competitor. Loved him against the All Blacks.”