- England lost the second Test and the series against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday
- Some of the English players did not take well to the loss and were involved in various post-match incidents
- Ben Youngs walked away from a TV interview while Mike Brown and Joe Marler got involved in altercations with fans
Three of England’s rugby players proved to be sore losers on Saturday when they got involved in post-match incidents. England lost the second Test and thereby the series against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
England once again took an early lead in the Test and at one point were 12-0 ahead of the Springboks before losing the match 23-12. This marks the fifth straight loss for the English side.
International players have a certain responsibility towards their fans, especially younger ones, to always act with sportsmanship and while it’s understandable that these top sportsmen would be disappointed and frustrated by the loss, the actions of Ben Youngs, Mike Brown and Joe Marler are unbecoming of sports stars.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ben Youngs walked away from a shocked TV reporter after giving her a short and sharp answer. The English reporter was so shocked she had to improvise on the spot.
To his credit, Youngs did take to social media a few hours later to apologise for the incident.
Sport24.com reported that Mike Brown and Joe Marler were even less gracious in defeat and were involved in altercations with fans after the match.
The incident which follows a similar incident between England coach Eddie Jones and fans in Johannesburg last week leads one to wonder what culture is being fostered in the England squad.
Jones claimed not to have witnessed the Brown and Marler incident.
When asked by a reporter if he felt his team was gracious in defeat he replied in the affirmative.
Meanwhile, the win against England will propel South Africa up the world rankings when they are released later this week. South Africa could climb as many as four places from their current fourth to third on the rankings.
The series victory bodes well for the newly rebooted Springbok side which is being captained by Siya Kolisi under the guidance of coach Rassie Erasmus.
The third and final Test takes place in Cape Town on Saturday.
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