Eight wild rugby nights out: Buggy gate, dwarf tossing and the Calcutta Cup

Former England stars through the decades have all been involved in drunken escapades after having a few too many on a night out.

Rugby stars of yesteryear was famed for its drinking culture, which allowed many renegade characters to thrive in the game.

But even in today’s uber-professional era, there are still plenty of instances of players pushing their luck a bit too far.

1.  Greig Laidlaw & Finn Russell

After going a decade without lifting the Calcutta Cup and having to endure a long spell of England dominance, it was finally time to party in Scotland following their Six Nations victory at Murrayfield in February 2018.

2. England vs dwarves, 2011

Current Captain Mike Tindall was leading his country into battle at the 2011 Rugby World Cup but still had time to play a part in the ‘Mad Midget Weekender’ along with a number of other squad memnull

3. Alex Goode

We couldn’t pick just one from the Saracens fullbacks infamous celebrations. Check out our full timeline of his Champions Cup celebrations.

4. Billy Vunipola

The England rugby team were confirmed as the winners of the Six Nations championship in March 2017- despite losing to Ireland in Dublin – and many of the squad marked the occasion with an all-night party in a local nightclub complex alongside their wives and girlfriends.

Looking dishevelled with his shirt open and tie discarded, the bleary-eyed back-rower had to be helped to a waiting car wearing what appeared to be a cloth garment similar to a sarong tied over his trousers around his waist – and was still looking a little delicate when the squad checked out of the Conrad Hotel the next day

Billy Vunipola had to be propped up as he left a Dublin nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning (Photo: Daily Mail)

5. Martin Castrogiovanni in Vegas, 2016

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni had been suspended by his club Racing 92 after pictures of him partying in Las Vegas surfaced on social media with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year-old had told Racing that he could not play in their Champions Cup semi-final clash with Leicester Tigers as he had a family matter to attend to in Argentina. Naughty boy.null

6. Jonny Wilkinson, Matthew Tait and many more…

Prince Harry was still commiserating with England’s defeated rugby stars in Paris at 1am after the 2007 World Cup final – more than 24 hours after the players began an epic drinking session with him and his brother William.

7. Andy Powell

The Wales star pictured in a Cardiff club celebrating hours before his drunken ride up the M4 in a golf buggy.

8. John Jeffrey & Dean Richards vs the Calcutta Cup, 1988

It was not only Scottish pride that was dented after they lost 9-6 to England at Murrayfield, the almost priceless Calcutta Cup itself came in for some rough treatment itself.

9. Bath Rugby 

Following the club’s European Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Stade Francais in 2017, the squad were given permission to unwind last Tuesday evening after training at the Rec. However, things got wild as The Chronicle reported that a group of players ran naked across the pitch, a fire extinguisher was let off and a skills clinic organised by the club for youngsters was heckled.

10. Colin Smart

Smart is remembered for the infamous “Aftershave Incident” in 1982. While in Paris, after beating France in the Five Nations, England teammate Maurice Colclough emptied a bottle of free aftershave from the after-match meal, filled it with wine, and drank from it. Thinking that Colclough had drunk the aftershave and not wanting to appear upstaged by his teammate, Smart drank his bottle of aftershave. This made him very ill. After England medical officer Leo Walkden failed to get a response from Smart, he was required to go to hospital to have his stomach pumped.