Lego laughs and something special at Sarries
March 29, 2013
Welcome to the latest edition of The Sin Bin - our regular feature offering you some of the quirkier stories to emanate from the game we love.
There's not a ruck we will not delve into or a hospital pass we will avoid in a bid to bring you some of the more bizarre, humorous and downright daft stories, videos, pictures and soundbites from around the rugby globe. Got anything you think warrants a mention? Let us know.
Warburton keeps his hands clean
Anyone who witnessed Wales' recent run to Six Nations glory will testify to the fact that flanker Sam Warburton is not averse to getting his hands dirty - but he clearly makes sure he looks after those same rival-shackling and ball-pilfering digits on the home front.
His Dad recently delighted in posting a picture of his son weighing in with some washing-up whilst sporting some fetching marigolds and not content with this minor mickey-taking he would later reveal that the sound of Barry Manilow was echoing around his son's house. You can't choose your parents I guess.
The Six Nations...in Lego
Miss any of the recent Six Nations? Well check out this superb Lego-based animation to bring yourself up-to-date. It's all there - including the flick from Ireland's Simon Zebo - thanks to the efforts of Ashley Weaver who produced his mini masterpiece in support of The Salvation Army - you can support his efforts here.
Something special from Saracens
You know you can always expect something different from Saracens when it comes to the matchday experience but a tonne of snow on your head? Check out the minor avalanche that landed on one fan during Sarries' recent Premiership victory over Harlequins.
'Sport is totally illogical'
We are long-time fans of New Zealand's Crowd Goes Wild sports show and we're delighted to offer up a recent meeting between their roving reporter James McOnie and Star Trek legend William Shatner. The duo touch on the Chiefs' recent Super Rugby success, similarities between breaking a tackle and kissing and the reason why Spock would not feel at home in New Zealand.
Size does matter
A 10-year-old Porirua boy has torn down his rugby posters and binned his All Blacks duvet cover after his local rugby club made him feel "sad and fat". Stuff.co.nz reports that Joshua Moe has been told he has to play in the under-13s this season because - at 71 kilograms - he is too heavy to play in his own age group. But Joshua fears he will get hurt playing with boys who are older than him. "They're allowed to stand on each other and push in the scrum in under-13s, and that's scary," he said. "I want the rugby people to apologise and make the rules so it's about age, not my size," he said. "My friends all treat me the same, but the rugby club made me feel sad and fat."
Grandmother banned for rants
A grandmother has been banned from her village rugby club for three months for her frequent touchline tirades. The South Wales Evening Post reports that, "White-haired Lillian Mort, 74, is regarded as the unacceptable elderly face of community rugby fandom. Bosses of Pyle Rugby Club, near Bridgend, in south Wales, grew so fed up with her loutish behaviour they banned her for three months." Undeterred the pensioner has refused to give up and has taken to peering at matches through steel railings alongside the field. "I feel terrible. I've been going to watch games since I was in my 30s," Mort told the newspaper. "I am a loyal fan, probably the oldest they've got, and they've kicked me into touch...I still go down the club and watch games but I am not allowed on the field. I have to watch through the fencing. I feel like I'm in jail."
Tears for Bath?
Premiership side Bath are set to 'premiere' a new chant this weekend when they tackle London Welsh. Following in the footsteps of Saracens' re-working of 'Do you hear the people sing?' from the musical Les Miserables, Bath have borrowed Tears for Fears' 1984 pop hit Shout in the hope of producing a crowd-pleasing rallying call. To get the ball rolling, the players have lent a hand with this promo.
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