RFU apologises to Luther Burrell after player’s experience of ‘rife’ racism


  • Former England player reveals experience of racial ‘banter’
  • ‘We applaud him for speaking out,’ says RFU’s Bill Sweeney

The Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have apologised to Luther Burrell after the former England centre said racism was “rife” in the sport.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 32-year-old – who has played for clubs including Leeds, Sale, Northampton and Newcastle, plus Warrington in rugby league – spoke about dressing room “racial “banter”” that has “become normal” and “needs to be addressed”, including receiving comments about bananas, fried chicken and slavery and being greeted with a racial slur.

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