Thursday, 11 October 2018

No joke for Nathan Hughes

Wasps number 8, Nathan Hughes, appears to have done himself no favours at all thanks to a poorly judged decision to engage with social media.

Hughes, charged with punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow in the head at the weekend (perhaps a tad harshly given that he was being pinned down at the time), has managed to land himself in deeper, hotter water by allegedly tweeting “What a joke” during his disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Already facing a potential six week ban for punching, Hughes now faces a possible further charge of “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” after proceedings were adjourned while the RFU investigates an issue that arose during the hearing, that issue being – apparently – Hughes’ ill-advised tweet.

The chances of Hughes - not previously known for wazzock-like conduct - featuring in any of the November internationals now appear pretty slim and, frankly, he would only have himself to blame. 

On the bright side, Bath’s Zach Mercer – if he can stay injury free – now looks nailed on to (at the very least) understudy Billy Vunipola next month...

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