Huget apologises for Bath dive

Date published: January 20 2015

Toulouse winger Yoann Huget has apologised for his dive during Sunday’s defeat to Bath in the Champions Cup.

The French international went down theatrically after barely being touched by Horacio Agulla, and has since come in for heavy criticism for his simulation.

After going to the video referee, George Clancy took no action at the time, but the next day Huget apologised for his actions.

“I sincerely apologise for my simulation, which was inappropriate and doesn’t reflect my mentality or the values of rugby. Sorry,” tweeted the Frenchman.

The incident comes as the RPA in England is to hold an emergency meeting about the danger of these sorts of incidents damaging the game’s reputation.

It has to be said that diving and simulation are pretty rare in rugby, but the abuse of officials by bother players and coaches is on the increase.

Northampton lock Christian Day, the RPA Chairman, admits it’s a trend that needs to stop.

“What we want to avoid is going towards the football mentality of players shouting at referees, constantly questioning decisions and play-acting, which I think is coming into the game more and more,” he said.

“It is pretty commonly rolled out that we are different to football because of the respect shown to referees and it would be a real shame if that was lost.

“The game is becoming more and more professional, and more and more competitive and professional people will always look for the edge.

“If you can influence the game by doing certain things, then professionals are going to take that little chance.

“But I think that in building a better rapport with referees, bringing them into the fold and getting them to speak to players, relationships can improve and that can go away very quickly.”