"Fire him" - Rugby fans shocked by 'disgusting' comments by Ireland international about Marcus Smith - Ruck

“Fire him” – Rugby fans shocked by ‘disgusting’ comments by Ireland international about Marcus Smith

The British & Irish Lions have slammed controversial former Ireland international Neil Francis over an offensive comment he made about fly-half Marcus Smith.

Speaking on the Independent.ie’s Left Wing podcast, former Ireland international Francis described late call-up Smith, who was born in the Philippines to a British father and a Filipina mother, as possessing an “Oompa Loompa tan”.

“We find the remarks offensive and have written to the Independent to express our deep dissatisfaction,” said a Lions spokesperson.

A statement from Smith’s club Harlequins read: “Harlequins is disgusted by offensive comments made by an Independent.ie columnist regarding Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith and await a reply regarding the matter.”

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Lions star-studded alternative XV

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Liam Williams (Wales)
  • 14. Josh Adams (Wales)
  • 11. Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)

CENTRES:

  • 13. Chris Harris (Scotland)
  • 12. Owen Farrell (England)

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