WATCH: Video footage emerges of the seven Barbarians players – including Chris Robshaw – breaking Covid rules with pub drinking session leading to England showdown at Twickenham being called off
- RFU chiefs pulled the England vs Barbarian game after two separate breaches
- Rugby Onslaught has now seen a video of several players drinking in a pub
- Chris Robshaw appears to be the centre of attention during the session
- Jackson Wray, Manu Vunipola and Sean Maitland are also among the group
Video footage has emerged showing seven Barbarians players breaking coronavirus rules which led to the cancellation of their showdown against England.
RFU chiefs pulled the plug on the fixture after learning of two separate breaches from Barbarians players ahead of the scheduled game this weekend.
But now Rugby Onslaught have revealed a video of several high profile members of the side – including Chris Robshaw and Sean Maitland – drinking alcohol together in a pub.
Video footage has emerged showing seven Barbarians players breaking coronavirus rules including Chris Robshaw (left)
Rugby Onslaught has got hold of a video of several high profile members of the side drinking in a pub together
Jackson Wray, Joel Kpoku, Fergus McFadden and Manu Vunipola are also among the group who appear to be playing a drinking game at what is believed to be a pub in Mayfair.
And former England captain Robshaw appeared to be the centre of attention with the players reportedly partaking in what Rugby Onslaught described as a team bonding session.
The players seemed to be enjoying themselves and were all happily drinking away just a couple of days before their moods would be soured.
The event took place the night before Robshaw and 11 others dined out in a restauarant
Sean Maitland is another one of the stars present during the events at the alleged Mayfair pub
A second breach then took place the following night when Robshaw and 11 others dined out in a restaurant, after which five players including Robshaw and his former England team-mate Richard Wigglesworth issued apologies for their behaviour.
Sportsmail columnist Sir Clive Woodward also added the rebels should feel stupid and embarrassed as a result of their actions.
Although none have tested positive, the RFU were concerned any incubating infections could jeopardise the Six Nations match against Italy a week on Saturday and Autumn Nations Cup fixtures.
Richard Wigglesworth (centre) was another player among those to go out for dinner
Prince Harry’s former bodyguard, Bill Renshaw, who was working for Barbarians, was the person alerted to the double breach after realising that a group of players had gone AWOL after none of them answered their hotel-room phones.
The cancellation of the game serves as another blow to the RFU, who are already set to lose £100million of revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reports also suggest the cancellation is set to cost the RFU around £1million in lost TV and sponsor revenue.
A spokesperson said: ‘An ongoing investigation is looking into players who signed up to a code of conduct which included not leaving the hotel without permission.’