Rugby brawl leads to six months jail

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A RUGBY player has been jailed for six months af­ter an on-pitch brawl left an­other man nurs­ing a bro­ken jaw.

Jack We­ston (above) landed two punches to the head of op­po­nent Ben Staunton in a heated lo­cal derby.

De­spite Staunton play­ing on un­til the end of the game in Bath, he was later found to have a bro­ken jaw.

Amy Jones, prose­cut­ing, said: “There was a melee be­tween the two sides in which Mr Staunton was sur­rounded by four op­po­nents. One had his hand around his face and an­other was goug­ing his eye.”

As the clash un­folded, wit­nesses de­scribed how We­ston, who plays sec­ond row for Keyn­sham RFC, ran into the mix and struck Staunton twice.

Staunton, who plays for Old­field Old Boys, de­scribed the first blow as “six out of ten and awarded the sec­ond punch a full ten out ten”, Miss Jones said.

We­ston, 24, of Bris­tol, pleaded guilty to in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

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