Wales players receive abuse online after defeat to France

Wales players receive abuse online after defeat to France

Rugby chiefs have condemned online abuse targeting Wales players after their Six Nations Grand Slam dreams ended.
Wayne Pivac’s men slipped to a 32-30 loss in Paris as France scored extra time to ruin their perfect record with Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams both in the trash.

On Sunday evening, the Welsh Rugby Union released a series of abusive messages that targeted only one of its players, some of whom accused him of costing his team the Grand Slam.

In a post on its official Twitter account which was accompanied by the hashtag #BeKind, WRU said: “The players are proud to represent their country and their jersey. The abuse against players must stop. ”

Support from France

The WRU position was supported by its French counterpart France Rugby, who responded with a tweet which read: “All of our support, dear friends… This is not the true spirit of the sport and it must stop. Congratulations again on the excellent performance of your team yesterday. ”

Former Wales skipper Sam Warburton later threw his weight behind the WRU call, describing Williams as a ‘modern day great’.

Warburton tweeted: “The players are fans as much as anyone. They sacrifice time with their families, the risk of serious injuries, enormous pressure and all of this to make our country and our supporters proud and happy.

“PS – Liam Williams is a great and iconic modern Wales player – end of debate. ”


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