‘I’m not the guy’: Ireland rugby star who played with ex-England teammate in England
Source The Irish News article The man who played rugby for Ireland has admitted that he was the one who took part in an abuse incident with ex England player Kieran Read.
Kieran Read is a former England international who played for Wasps and Ulster in the 1990s.
The incident with former England team-mate Joe Williams, who was also an Irish international, has sparked a controversy in the English media and on social media.
Read, who has been banned from playing in rugby for life, said he was “not the guy” who abused Williams and said he had spoken to his team-mates about the incident.
“I didn’t do anything to him.
It was just the nature of the situation.
I don’t know what the explanation is,” Read said.”
There was a bit of a physical contact but I don.
He is one of my best friends, a really good player, I had a good run with him.”
If you are the guy that’s the one that is doing it, I am sorry for you, but I’m not that guy.
I’m sorry for the other players.
“It’s not me.
I didn’t want it to be that way.”
The rugby union world is split over the incident with Read, who admitted that the incident was “a little bit out of character” but defended his actions.
“We were both doing the same thing.
We were all doing the ball, playing rugby and doing the tackles.
I just felt it was the right thing to do,” he said.
Read said he is “sad to have to leave the game” but added that he will continue to play professional rugby and that he is a “huge” supporter of his former team-work partner.
“The biggest thing I have learnt is to just keep working hard.
You don’t need to go out and get a medal.
It doesn’t matter what you do in the world.
It just comes down to work ethic,” he added.