RFU 'distinguished member' banned for racist comment during 2022 Six Nations - Ruck

RFU ‘distinguished member’ banned for racist comment during 2022 Six Nations

“The Rugby Football Union has banned a ‘distinguished member’ from Twickenham for making a racist comment at England v Wales in the 2022 Six Nations,” said the statement.

Alex Murphy, who reportedly used the n-word, made the comment towards a volunteer during last year’s game, according to the report.

“Following a hearing by an RFU panel, Murphy has been handed a ‘time limited’ ban from the stadium and had his distinguished membership removed,” stated the announcement.

Murphy, who accepted the charge, had made an attempt to apologize to the volunteer, as mentioned by the panel.

“We agree with the RFU that the language was archaic and incredibly offensive and there can be no excuse for not knowing it was so offensive and for continuing to use it,” the panel added.

“The language goes against the core principles of the game and the changes that the RFU and the game of rugby worldwide has been pursuing for some time,” the panel further emphasized.


The RFU describes distinguished membership as “a series of privileges granted by [RFU] Council,” and it is generally reserved for those who have previously been on the council for a significant period of time. Benefits include free tickets for England internationals.

“All of those who are elected to a position such as distinguished member, hold positions of authority,” stated the release.

“The position brings with it high expectations of behavior and a breach of this nature would in the view of this panel represent a very serious breach by any person in a similar position,” the statement concluded.

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“Unless you know what it is, it’s hard to say yes or no to anything. At the same time, I’m not looking for another job! I’m very happy here,” he added.

Rob Baxter, Director of Rugby of Exeter Chiefs looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on 20 May. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK