What are the biggest scandals to hit rugby stars after sex act shame?

England ‘DWARF-throwing’ at a World Cup, an All Black’s airport sex affair in a disabled toilet and a famous fly-half being hit by a bus on a club night out… after Joe Westerman’s sex act shame, what are the biggest scandals to hit rugby stars?

  • Castleford’s Joe Westerman has become the latest rugby star involved in scandal
  • England partied with dwarves in 2011, while a star was hit by a bus on a night out
  • Below, Sportsmail looks at some of the most controversial scandals to hit rugby 

Joe Westerman became just the latest rugby star to be rocked by scandal after his alleyway sex act caused a storm last week.

The Castleford forward’s wife Lauren has since told friends their marriage is over after learning of his deed in an alley, reportedly behind a city-centre Greggs shop.

In the past England players have notoriously partied with dwarves at the 2011 World Cup, while an international star was left on crutches after being hit by a bus on a club night out. 

An experienced All Black also made headlines for an airport sex affair in a disabled toilet, proving rugby players’ propensity to get themselves embroiled in trouble and get their names into the tabloids.

So without further ado, Sportsmail looks at the most controversial scandals to hit rugby.

Joe Westerman is just the latest in a long line of rugby stars to get themselves into trouble

The Castleford forward carried out a sex act on a woman in a public alleyway last week (above)

Below, Sportsmail looks at some of the most controversial scandals to ever hit rugby players

‘Dwarf-throwing’ incident in New Zealand 

It was an ignominious exit at the quarter-final stages of the 2011 World Cup for Martin Johnson’s England – but the players also caused controversy with their antics in a Queenstown nightclub.

On a management-approved night out after a group-stage win, the England lads attended a ‘Mad Midget Weekender’ at Altitude Bar, an event which saw ‘drinking meet dwarf tossing’.

Although no England player threw a dwarf, pictures emerged of several stars including Mike Tindall, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton, wrestling with them.

Experienced centre Tindall, who married Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips in 2011, was also reported by the Sun to be flirting with a mystery woman. 

A source told the paper: ‘One particularly beautiful blonde went straight for Mike. But rather than reject her advances, unfortunately he was extremely responsive. 

‘They were flirting with each other and getting very touchy-feely. Then they went into the doorway, where the girl gestured Mike towards her chest. She pulled his head towards her breasts and she rubbed the back of his head as she did so.’

Team-mate James Haskell denied this ever happened but true or not, it was not a good look. 

England players got in trouble after wrestling a dwarf at a ‘Mad Midget Weekender’ in 2011

Mike Tindall (right) was left in hot water after apparently flirting with a mystery blonde (left)

Westerman gets in trouble 

Castleford forward Westerman’s wife was forced to speak out after her husband was caught performing a shocking sex act on a different woman in a public alleyway, in a graphic clip which went viral on social media.

She said last Monday: ‘Can I make this VERY clear that this is NOT me!!!!!! We have three children one of whom is almost 15 and she doesn’t need to see things like this all over social media!’

The club said it launched an investigation into the video and was making no further statement, with Joe, 34, being forced into making a grovelling public apology to his family and friends.

Since the graphic video appeared online, social media users were quick to poke fun at him, with Westerman’s Wikipedia page altered to include the jibe: ‘He is known to frequent the alleyway next to Greggs Bakery in Pontefract town centre.’

He was also jeered by crowds at the weekend as he played against Hull F.C. 

His heartbroken spouse Lauren, who was spending Valentine’s Day alone with her three children at the time of the incident, has since told friends she has booted him into touch – for good. 

The woman involved is alleged to be the wife of one of the back rower’s best friends, who is also a mother of young children. 

Westerman’s wife Lauren (right) has told friends she is leaving him after his infidelity emerged

Cipriani’s drunken run-in with a bus 

Former poster boy Danny Cipriani is no stranger to making headlines.

Wasps team-mate Josh Lewsey once punched him in the face after missing tackles in training, while he was also fined and banned from driving after getting behind the wheel when drunk in 2015 and arrested during a pre-season tour in Jersey after an incident at a nightclub.

One of Cipriani’s most well-known run-ins, however, was when he was hit by a double-decker bus while on a team night out with Sale in 2013.

On a fancy dress end-of-season pub crawl in Leeds, he ran across the road, was struck by the vehicle and then taken to hospital with injuries.

Pictures of him hobbling around on crutches with then-girlfriend and model Kelly Brook did little to keep his face and name out of the media in the following weeks. 

Danny Cipriani made headlines after being hit by a double-decker bus while on a pub crawl

Tuilagi’s ferry jump 

Poor Martin Johnson. As if his players’ earlier misdemeanours weren’t enough, young centre Manu Tuilagi made waves – literally – when he jumped off a ferry in New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup.

The day after their 19-12 quarter-final defeat against France, the players were out on a boat when Tuilagi stunned team-mates by suddenly jumping into the water.

Tuilagi, then 20, was detained by police after swimming a short distance to a pier at the ferry terminal.

The RFU governing body carried out a review after the tournament which eventually resulted in Johnson’s sacking. He has not been in a top management position since.

Aaron Smith’s disabled toilet encounter

113-cap scrum-half Aaron Smith, 34, is a New Zealand stalwart, one of the best ever in his position.

But his reputation was brought into question in 2016 when he was caught having an affair in the disabled toilets of Christchurch Airport.

MailOnline then exclusively revealed Smith had, two years earlier, sent the mystery lawyer a series of sordid texts asking for a ‘good luck f*** and s***’.

He begged the woman not to tell his girlfriend but, as often happens, the truth eventually came out. 

New Zealand stalwart Aaron Smith (pictured) was caught in an amorous encounter with a mystery woman in the disabled toilet of Christchurch Airport in 2016

South Africa star’s doping ban 

Aphiwe Dyantyi’s fall was as swift and precipitous as his rise to the top of the sport. The lightning-quick winger made a stellar introduction to international rugby with South Africa but is now serving a four-year ban for doping.

Dyantyi tested positive for metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 while in camp with the Springboks in 2019. He claimed it was because he drank from a friend’s water bottle at the gym.

At the time of the ban, the player’s agent Gert van der Merwe told South African media he would discuss an appeal with the player.

‘The decision makes no sense. My legal team and I plan on analysing the decision next week, and we will decide whether to appeal. If it were up to me, we would definitely appeal,’ van der Merwe said.

His ban is set to expire in August – but his name will likely forever be tarnished by his carelessness. 

Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi was banned for four years after testing positive for three banned drugs

Paddy Jackson’s shame 

Ireland fly-half Jackson, along with former Ulster team-mate Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison, was arrested and charged in 2017 over allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Though all four men were found not guilty by the jury in 2018, Jackson was widely criticised after the trial for leaving the complainant distressed and for the sexist and degrading nature of several messages he sent on WhatsApp.

Jackson then apologised unreservedly, admitting public criticism of his behaviour was ‘fully justified’. He said: ‘I am truly sorry for engaging in a WhatsApp group chat which was degrading and offensive and I apologise unreservedly for this.

‘The criticism of my behaviour is fully justified and I know I have betrayed the values of my family and those of the wider public.’

Ulster and the IRFU revoked Jackson’s club and country contracts after the verdict. He has played for London Irish since 2019.

An unedifying affair, for sure. 

While then-Ulster and Ireland player Paddy Jackson apologised for sending ‘degrading and offensive’ messages after being found not guilty in 2018 of raping a woman two years earlier

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