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Footy players nude run

NAKED Grafton Redmen frolicking on the hallowed turf of Rugby Park South Grafton was not the sort of Father's Day entertainment Hawthorne Park users were expecting.

One man, who wants to remain nameless, contacted Grafton Police and the Grafton Rugby Club to register his concerns.

He said up to four Redmen players at a time were running and jumping around on the rugby ground, egged on by club mates in the nearby pavilion.

"Some would be on the ground, then they would go off and more would run on. They were pretty much pissed, but that's not the point," he said.

"I think those guys owe a fair few people a public apology."

He contacted Redmen president Adam Crawley, who confirmed the club was holding an end-of-season function at its clubhouse.

"There was no apology forthcoming, so I contacted Grafton Police to inform them of what had been happening."

The man said there were three horse groups using neighbouring Hawthorne Park and had set up a playground for young children.

He said the naked rugby players were about 50m from the area and clearly visible to the children.

"I removed my child from the playground area and a couple of other mums did as well," he said.

He said the nude players would also have been visible from backyards of houses and from Ryan St.

Mr Crawley said the claims were exaggerated.

"It's a club tradition. Any player who hasn't scored a try in the season has to do a lap of the ground naked," he said.

"I think there were only two or three involved and they basically did their lap and came back into the club house. One of them was a pretty big bloke. Maybe he counted him twice.

"You also have to realise they're carrying their clothes with them on the run, so it's unlikely you're going to see too much."

Mr Crawley said the players were surprised their antics attracted any attention.

"A couple of them have their chests puffed out that at 200m they were able to offend anyone," he said.

Mr Crawley said the club apologised to anyone who saw the event and was offended.

"We hold it at the clubhouse because it's basically on rural land it's a private show," he said.

Grafton police advised this behaviour could result in charges of wilful or indecent exposure or offensive behaviour but were not pursuing the matter.

  • NOTE: The image shown with this story has been selected as a generic Grafton Redmen image. The Daily Examiner is unaware which players are alleged to have been involved in the Rugby Park incident and is not suggesting any of the players in this image were involved.

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command, grafton redmen, hawthorne park, rugby union




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