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BARLA Great Britain v France abandoned due to brawl

BARLA Great Britain are likely to reconsider future visits to Italy following the abandonment of their `friendly' Under 23s match with a `France Select' side, known as Isle de Paris, midway through the second half of last night's (Friday's) game at Padova
BARLA Great Britain v France abandoned due to brawl
by NRL

BARLA Great Britain are likely to reconsider future visits to Italy following the abandonment of their `friendly' Under 23s match with a `France Select' side, known as Isle de Paris, midway through the second half of last night's (Friday's) game at Padova.

The referee blew for time in the 60th minute following a sustained mass brawl sparked by an attack on BARLA hooker Gary Phillips, of Wigan St Patrick's, by French centre Diallo.

The melee followed an hour in which Great Britain's discipline had been tested to the limits by repeated assaults by members of the French side. French prop Maiza, together with his coach Claude Oabolu, apologised afterwards for their team-mates' conduct.

Maiza said: "Our players were fighting among themselves, including members of the same club, and BARLA cannot be blamed for this incident."

Oabolu said: "I am desolate. Some of our players are crazy, and Diallo is especially crazy. One of the BARLA players said bad things about his mother. And the game then blew up."

BARLA had met with confusion over training and transport arrangements since arriving on Tuesday, beating Italy 64-0 in Wednesday's Test in preparing for the defence of the Simone Franchini Nines on Saturday, (tomorrow) and International Manager Mick Turner said: "It was an absolute disgrace. The competition is run by the European Federation and also by the Italians, and the treatment we've had since we arrived, and the respect we've had, has been poor, and the state of the teams we've played has been an absolute joke.

"We'll have to think hard about taking part in events like this in future."

BARLA Under 23s coach Kevin Thompson said: "Right from the start they were intent on thuggery, not rugby league. There's no place for that; it was nothing but kick, gouge, stamp, illegal tackles, and that isn't acceptable in rugby league. Our lads kept their discipline for a long time, but in the end ran out of patience. I'm glad the game was abandoned because someone could have been seriously hurt."

Britain were ahead 20-4 at the time of the cull, thanks to tries by Bank Quay Bulls full back Ryan Fieldhouse, Wigan St Judes stand off Dean Hunt, Thornhill winger Chris Walker and Myton Warriors winger Carl Booth. Oulton second row Andy Williamson landed two goals and Maxis Annette crossed for France.

BARLA Great Britain Under 23s: Ryan Fieldhouse (Bank Quay Bulls); Carl Booth (Myton Warriors), Mattie Embleton (Castleford Panthers), Leon Brennan (Leigh East), Chris Walker (Thornhill Trojans); Dean Hunt (Wigan St Jude's, Scott Green (Thornhill Trojans); Richard Farrer (Egremont Rangers), Gary Phillips (Wigan St Patrick's), Davey Burns (York Acorn), Craig Millington (Bank Quay Bulls), Andy Williamson (Oulton Raiders), Tom Hill (York Acorn). Subs: Tommy Malyan (Crigglestone All Blacks), Richard Cattley (Stanley Rangers), Sam Radford (West Hull), Lee Edwards (Barrow Island), Tom Eckersley (Leigh Miners Rangers).


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