Rugby team initiation row over pigs head and nudity

Venue: Popworld in Church Street, where the initiation event took place

Venue: Popworld in Church Street, where the initiation event took place

Rowdy student rugby players have been formally disciplined after an initiation ceremony got out of hand.

Police officers attended Popworld in Church Street, Preston, after reports that members of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)rugby union men’s team were naked in public and French kissing severed pigs heads in the rear car park.

The actions are believed to have been part of a team ‘Grandsons and Godfathers’ event, that also included drinking spicy concoctions and apple bobbing in an inflatable pool full of onions and garlic.

Police confirmed that officers attended the club at around 9pm on Wednesday, October 30.

A police spokesman said: “Police officers who were already in the city centre were alerted to activities in the rear yard of Popworld.

“When they got there, they found that men were undressed in public view, and were advised to calm down and get dressed. The licensee was also spoken to.

“There has been no further action.”

The Students’ Union suspended the rugby team while an investigation into the behaviour was launched, causing them to pull out of a BUCS Cup fixture and suffer a £300 fine.

A spokesperson for the UCLan Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union takes the welfare of its members seriously.

“Following an investigation into the events of that night it has taken disciplinary action against the team and the individuals responsible.”

The Student’s Union declined to comment further on what the disciplinary action entailed.

A spokesman for the rugby team was unavailable for comment yesterday, thought it is believed that the chairman has issued a full apology for any offence caused to people who witnessed the behaviour, and also to the university.

The Stonegate Pub Company, which owns the Popworld chain declined to comment on the incident.

Rugby union is one of the biggest clubs at UCLan, with more than 50 people signing up each year.

Up to 30 members usually attend the rugby club’s social events.




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