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RANKED | The 20 biggest rugby scandals of all-time

3. Grannygate

The stink caused by Grannygate, the notorious affair which left Wales embarrassed and, not for the first time, the laughing stock of the rugby world still hasn’t entirely blown away two decade later.

Some reputations were lost or hugely damaged during the fall-out, after the selection of Shane Howarth and Brett Sinkinson for Wales was exposed as a sham. Neither were qualified to play for their adopted nation, it transpired.

It  wasn’t just Wales who were in the mire. England-born prop Dave Hilton was found to be ineligible for Scotland, while there were also mutterings about the eligibility of Pacific islanders playing for New Zealand and Australia, Zimbabweans for South Africa and north and west Africans for France.

A complete mess.