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LIST: 12 rugby players fans have loved to hate…

Prepared to be riled as you come face to face with 16 of the biggest hate figures in the recent history of rugby.

1. Dylan Hartley (England)

Swearing at referee’s, involving himself in scraps and eye gouging accusations have all led to the 99-cap England international becoming one of the most vilified rugby players of the modern era.

Dylan Hartley of England (Capt) arrives before the six Nations Championship match, between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 17th March 2017. (Photo:Dean Lancaster/PPAUK)


2. Yoann Huget (France)

Huget’s recent pathetic theatrics have turned launched him into rugby’s most hated list of late, and is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon.

– Stamping on players heads

– Gouging another player

-Faking injuries

– Generally being an absolute shithouse


3. Israel Folau

The Australia and Waratahs full-back avoided punishment for saying homosexuals should go to “hell” unless they “repent their sins and turn to God”. This sort of backwards thinking doesn’t belong in rugby but it’s hard to deny his ability.


4. Chris Ashton

It seems even when Ashton is keeping quiet he upsets fans as his audacious swan dives have earned him plenty of detractors.

Jack Goodhue of New Zealand is held in the tackle by Maro Itoje of England and Chris Ashton of England during the Quilter International Match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on 10th November 2018. – PHOTO: Gareth Davies/PPAUK

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