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STATEMENT: England star reported to police over violent clash with fan

Jonny Hill, the Sale lock, has been reported to the police by a fan who sustained a cut above their eye after an altercation at the end of Saturday’s Premiership semi-final.

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The altercation ended with the fan reportedly in a headlock. Bath secured a thrilling victory over Sale in the semi-final, advancing to face Northampton Saints in the Premiership final.

Hill, who was not participating in the game, was seated with the Sharks’ coaching staff when the confrontation occurred at the end of the heated encounter.

The fan, a 28-year-old man who wishes to remain anonymous, sustained a cut above his right eye and broken sunglasses.

Sale Sharks player Jonny Hill tackles Northampton Saints player Tommy Freeman during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium on 15th October. Photo: Steve Bond/PPAUK

He described the incident, saying: “I was sat there, and he came down the stairs, grabbed me around the throat, snapped my sunglasses, and cut the top of my eye. I don’t want to make a big thing.”

Sale Sharks head coach Alex Sanderson, who was on the pitch when the incident unfolded, stated he was unaware of the confrontation. He commented: “It is news to me; Jonny is not the aggressive type and I will answer those questions when I know more.

“I can vouch for Jonny’s character; he is not an overly aggressive or spiteful person.”

A Sale statement said: “Sale Sharks are aware of an incident involving a player and Bath Rugby fan at the final whistle of today’s Semi-Final. The club will work with Bath Rugby to complete an investigation into the incident and will provide no further comment at this time.”

Teammates defence

Sale Shark hooker Tommy Taylor wrote in response to the story: “Easy headline with one sides narrative. Get the whole story pal.”

Simon McIntyre commented: “As a respected journalist this is misleading, sorry state of affairs when you resort to click bait headlines that are unfounded but don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

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The new format will feature six pools of four teams, with a round of 16 added prior to the quarter-finals.

This will enable the tournament window to be reduced from seven to six weeks, while promoting a rhythm that builds momentum across the pool phase and respects the same minimum number of rest days between matches as at France 2023.

The expanded format could see tournament debuts for the like of Brazil and Hong Kong based on the current world rankings.

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2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)


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James Lowe of Ireland during the Autumn Nations Cup match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on November 21 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK