Booing of Vunipola 'unexpected' says Saracens boss McCall

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

Billy Vunipola's recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously.

Scott Hastings, the former British & Irish Lions player and 1990 Grand Slam victor with Scotland, has called for Billy Vunipola to "understand the hurt [he] has caused" after seemingly supporting Israel Folau's views on homosexuality.

And on Friday morning Vunipola posted about his Christian faith.

Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens.

Former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan with Warren Gatland in 2013.

"Vunipola is a public figure". "And that the reaction was going to be hugely divisive".

"Rugby is an inclusive sport, and we do not support these views".

"Our sport is open to all and we strive for it to be free from all forms of discrimination". It needs the support of its high profile players so that everyone inside and outside the game can relate to the values and ethos to which it aspires.

England's Rugby Football Union issued a statement to stress that they did not share these views.

Wallabies full back Folau was widely slammed, and his contract with Australia Rugby and New South Wales Waratahs is set to be terminated, for claiming on his social media accounts that "hell awaits" for "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators". "Twitter and Instagram are global message boards and you can be sure that there are groups of people out there who are going to get upset, especially when you weigh in on controversial topics".

The booing of England star Billy Vunipola every time he touched the ball in Saracens Premiership loss to Bristol on Saturday "was unexpected" said Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall. Vunipola came off the bench in the defeat and was allegedly booed by the home crowd. "He's a human being, isn't he?" said McCall.

Vunipola's club, Saracens, said: 'As representatives and role models, Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the club and wider society.

"He's also very keen to do well for his teammates".

"But he is a human being and I am sure there is stuff going on in his head". Under World Rugby's code of conduct, Regulation 20 states that players should not make 'acts or statements that are, or conduct that is, discriminatory by reason of religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, colour or national or ethnic origin'. "Fair play to Bristol".

"You have to go through pain to get there and so the way we look at it, there are three more games".

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