Valentine’s Day Love to Hate players: The rugby stars fans simply can’t stand

It’s the time of year to spend some quality time with those you love the most – and what do us rugby fans love more than anything? Hating people, that’s what.

Prepared to be riled as you come face to face with 12 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. Bakkies Botha

The Springbok lock certainly totted up the bans. Eight weeks for “attacking the face” of Aussie hooker Brendan Cannon in 2003; three weeks for striking another Wallaby, Phil Waugh, in 2009; two matches for an illegal clear out on Adam Jones in the second Lions Test in the same year; four weeks for a similar offence on Gio Aplon in 2010; and nine weeks for a headbutt on Jimmy Cowan in 2010.


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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