Courtney Lawes: England captain calls for those who direct racism against Luther Burrell to be exposed | Rugby Union News

Luther Burrell, who made 15 caps for England, says racism is “common” in rugby; Courtney Lawes admits the issue “needs to be addressed” at the clubs involved; watch England’s tour of Australia live this month on Sky Sports Action

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Watch all the action from England’s tour of Australia, Scotland’s tour of Argentina, Wales’ tour of South Africa and Ireland’s tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports.

Watch all the action from England’s tour of Australia, Scotland’s tour of Argentina, Wales’ tour of South Africa and Ireland’s tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports.

England captain Courtney Lawes believes anyone who was the source of the racism directed at Luther Burrell should be publicly exposed.

Burrell revealed in a journalistic interview with the mail on sunday that he had been racially abused by his teammates, including receiving comments about bananas, fried chicken, and slavery.

Newcastle, his most recent club, is investigating whether the incidents outlined by the former England center-back took place during his two years at Kingston Park, while the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have apologized.

Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, says the experience Luther Burrell has highlighted on racism in sport may provide an opportunity to make a suitable change.

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Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, says the experience Luther Burrell has highlighted on racism in sport may provide an opportunity to make a suitable change.

Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, says the experience Luther Burrell has highlighted on racism in sport may provide an opportunity to make a suitable change.

Lawes is a friend of Burrell’s, both having been team-mates at Northampton and with England, and although he has not confronted racism in the same way, he insists it must be eradicated wherever it arises.

“I had a problem with him saying racism is rife in rugby,” Lawes said on the eve of Saturday’s first test against Australia in Perth. “If I’m honest, that hasn’t been my experience. But if things like that happen at certain clubs, they need to be addressed.”

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“I read the article and I was shocked at the things that were said to Luther because in most clubs, knowing the guys from different clubs who come to the England camp, they just wouldn’t accept him. It’s not even a joke, it’s a lot. beyond that.

“I feel sorry for him and I’m not sure what’s going on up there, but it’s absolutely unacceptable. I agree with Ellis Genge: I think the person or people who are doing that should be called out, because it’s just not acceptable in our play.

Courtney Lawes admits she was surprised to be asked to continue as England captain for the tour of Australia.

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Courtney Lawes admits she was surprised to be asked to continue as England captain for the tour of Australia.

Courtney Lawes admits she was surprised to be asked to continue as England captain for the tour of Australia.

“We need to squash this. We need to find out what is happening and if it is happening at other clubs. We need to fix it. We want rugby to be the best possible version of rugby. We don’t want things like that to happen in the game.

“That’s why I was surprised that at any club, any color of player would accept that kind of behaviour. It’s difficult because Luther is a close friend, but I was disappointed that he didn’t say so at the time.”

The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain but insists the door remains open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

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The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain but insists the door remains open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain but insists the door remains open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

“Being the player that he is, 35 years old and a senior player, he should have addressed that, but he knows. But I feel sorry for him, so I’ll message him and see what he’s doing.”

Burrell’s revelations have shed light on racism in rugby, but in Lawes’s eyes, the sport has another problem that also needs to be addressed.

“The class thing is the most important thing. We have a lot of private school guys at Saints, and to be honest, I take them out a lot more than they would the other way around.” the lock said. “It’s just about getting the opportunities for working class boys. If I hadn’t gone to Northampton School for Boys I would never have played rugby.”

Jamie George from England says he is

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England’s Jamie George says he is “gutted” to hear about former England centre-back Luther Burrell’s experience of racism throughout his playing career.

England’s Jamie George says he is “gutted” to hear about former England centre-back Luther Burrell’s experience of racism throughout his playing career.

“So I got lucky and it’s probably the same for Ellis Genge and some other guys who come from backgrounds that aren’t full of wealth. It’s about making the game accessible to everyone and if you do that you’ll see a lot of different guys. of people and different colors of people playing the game.

“That will be better for rugby in general and for society in general, because we are all people. We all bleed the same. A lot of times, you have a lot in common with people from different backgrounds.”

England enter Saturday’s series opener against the Wallabies as underdogs to secure a ninth straight win in the match, with coverage live on sky sports action starting at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday before a 10:55 a.m. start

15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Joe Cokanasiga, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Jack van Poortlviet, 22 Guy Porter, 23 Henry Arundell.

Bumper July Rugby on Sky Sports

As well as showing England in Australia this summer, sky sports will showcase Ireland’s five-match tour of New Zealand, Wales’ three-match tour of South Africa and Scotland’s three-match tour of Argentina.

WednesdayJune 29

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live sky sports action from 8 am (the start is at 8.05 am)

Saturday, July 2

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

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Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 9

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 12

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live sky sports action from 8 am (the start is at 8.05 am)

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

New Zealand's Scott Barrett and Codie Taylor say they will build on their previous experience against Ireland when they meet at Eden Park on Saturday.

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New Zealand’s Scott Barrett and Codie Taylor say they will build on their previous experience against Ireland when they meet at Eden Park on Saturday.

New Zealand’s Scott Barrett and Codie Taylor say they will build on their previous experience against Ireland when they meet at Eden Park on Saturday.

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

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