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Rugby world shows love to U12 player who was bashed online for being "too big"

24 January 2022 4:24 PM
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A number of big names on the international rugby scene have jumped to the defence of a young rugby player who was told he is "too big” on social media.
  • Rugby heavyweights from around the world have come out in support of the young Welsh rugby player who was mocked online over his weight
  • UK father Mark Pugsley says he was forced to remove a Facebook post after someone made comments about his son's physique
  • Now his son Alfie is being celebrated by supporters from all over the world for his dedication to the game

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Rugby pros, sports journalists, coaches and fans from all over the world have rallied behind a young rugby player who was mocked on social media for his weight.

On Sunday, Mark Pugsley from Oakdale, Wales tweeted about how his son was bashed on Facebook because of his physical appearance.

"Had to remove a post from Facebook as an idiot commented saying my boy is too "big" to play under 12s and isn't healthy."

"If only people knew how hard he works to get fitter and how low his confidence has been. Don't worry Alfie I'll always be your biggest fan", the proud dad continued.

Pugsley's post has since gone viral with messages of support from rugby lovers around the world.

Big personalities such as former Springbok prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira, Sharks prop Retshegofaditswe 'Ox' Nché, ex-All Black star Israel Dagg, and All Blacks legend Jerome Kaino have all encouraged young Alfie to keep at it.

Some of the messages read: "We're behind you", "What a champ, keep playing the game you love Alfie!", and "Enjoy the game and play with a smile on your face."

Alfie has even been invited to watch the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on 18 June 2022 at the Twickenham Stadium.




24 January 2022 4:24 PM
Tags:
Rugby
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