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Victor Ubogu won 24 caps for England during the 1990s; the old pillar says there must be less discussion and more action taken against racism by the rugby authorities; “There’s no point in making noises without some real action to back them up.”

Last updated: 01/03/21 13:36 pm



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Former England and Bath backer Victor Ubogu offered his support to Marland Yarde and called on rugby authorities to do more in the fight against racism

Former England and Bath backer Victor Ubogu offered his support to Marland Yarde and called on rugby authorities to do more in the fight against racism

Former England and Bath mainstay Victor Ubogu called on rugby authorities to do more to tackle racism.

Ubogo also offered his support to the Sale wing Marland Yarde, who said he didn’t think rugby cared enough about tackling racism.

Last September, Yarde revealed he had reported an incident of racist abuse in Premiership Rugby, directed at him by a spectator earlier in the season. No racist language was identified and no action was taken.

Ubogu, who won 24 caps for England, says less talk and more action is needed.

He said Sky Sports News: “From what I’ve seen, the authorities have made a lot of noise. Every game you see ‘Rugby Against Racism’, but they need to take more concrete action.

“You come back to the Marland incident that he reported to authorities and that no action was taken. It’s not acceptable.

“There’s no point in making noises without some real action to back them up.”

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Marland Yarde tells Sky Sports News he doesn’t think rugby authorities care enough about putting protocols in place to effectively tackle racism in the domestic game

Marland Yarde tells Sky Sports News he doesn’t think rugby authorities care enough about putting protocols in place to effectively tackle racism in the domestic game

Yarde spoke of a lack of emotional connection to racism at the highest levels of rugby. Ubogu believes this stems from a lack of diversity in the game.

“There are not enough ethnic minority players involved on the coaching and management side,” he said. “Look at the RFU council and the rugby councils in the clubs, there is hardly any representation.

“I read somewhere that the RFU has a diversity and inclusion group. Over the past few months when this issue of racism has come to the fore, they have been talking about taking action and doing something about it.

“I assumed they would have contacted some of the former players like me who represented England. But I haven’t heard anything from RFU, Premiership Rugby or any other group asking for my opinion, thoughts or any form of support. “

Victor Ubogu: Former England pillar says rugby authorities must do more to fight racism |  Rugby news

Ubogu won 24 caps for England and played in the 1995 Rugby World Cup

Ubogu would be happy to help the authorities and give something back to a sport that “gave me so much”, but wondered why they hadn’t contacted former top players like Jason Robinson.

“Jason Robinson, who was England captain, made a lot more noise wanting to get involved in introducing rugby to minority communities,” he said.

“He was frustrated by the lack of contact and the lack of involvement from Premiership Rugby and the RFU.

“If they can’t use a player of his caliber, who is enthusiastic and vocal enough to help spread the word …”

The Rugby Players’ Association urged stakeholders in the game to put the fight against racism at the top of their agenda.

Premiership Rugby says it is committed to making rugby more welcoming and inclusive, while RFU says it must be a collective effort.

“Joining is something that doesn’t happen too often between Premiership Rugby, RFU and World Rugby,” said Ubogu.

“It’s going to take a while, but they really need to work on it and stop passing the responsibility on to each other. There has to be a collective effort to tackle the problem.

“World Rugby and the RFU should take control, take the lead and lead the initiative instead of passing the buck to each other.”

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