Major calls for Courtney Lawes to lose major sponsor after Rashford tweet row
England lock Courtney Lawes continues to feel the wrath of social media after his controversial tweet yesterday and today his sponsor Adidas UK have faced mounting calls for the sportswear company to cut ties with the Northampton star.
Many online feel Lawes is not to fit to represent Adidas
— pinga🌹🌹🍊🍊🍊 (@Pingachoo) June 17, 2020
The 31-year-old replied to a viral Marcus Rashford tweet yesterday suggesting that parents should be financially stable and preferably married before choosing to have children. This brought in floods of angry tweets condemning the England man’s comments.
Lawes soon after deleted his tweet amidst growing dismay online.
Many on social media have called for Lawes to be axed from representing Adidas as an ambassador
— Neil Henderson 🏴 (@Hendehibby) June 16, 2020
— Lil Jumbo Hoorah (@Marvin100) June 16, 2020
Adidas should drop you immediately you nasty prick. @Courtney_Lawes
— KCP (@KieranCIarke) June 16, 2020
As of yet none of Lawes England teammates have spoken out against Lawes. Some users online feel that there could be players in the team who could disagree with Lawes statement.
Don't want to speak for people but there's a few teammates of Lawes' from single parent families.
Wonder what the group chat looks like.
— Linebreak Rugby 🏳️🌈 (@LinebreakRugby) June 16, 2020
Adidas have yet to release a statement regarding the controversial tweets yesterday amidst pressure from social media users.
We’ll keep you informed on any new developments in this story
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Lyon confirm six new signings, including Super Rugby contract rebel Rodda
With rugby in France beginning to pick up the pace again following the coronavirus cancellation of the 2019/20 season, Lyon have officially confirmed six new signings – including Izack Rodda – for the 2020/21 campaign which is due to start in September.
At a media conference in the French city on Wednesday, president Yann Roubert presented the club’s recruits for the next season and formalised the signatures of Rodda (Reds) and Gillian Galan (Toulouse). The 23-year-old Australian second row (25 caps) and the 28-year-old Toulouse back row have each signed one-year contracts.
— LOU Rugby (@LeLOURugby) June 17, 2020
Rodda was one of the three Reds’ contracts rebels – Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas the other two – who last month ended their contracts with Rugby Australia after refusing to take pay cuts which resulted in the club initially standing them down from training before the contracts were terminated.
Rodda and Lucas were both contracted until 2023 while Hockings was off-contract but in talks for an extension. The three were the only players of the 192 Australian Super Rugby roster to refuse pay cuts ahead of the all-Australian tournament in July.
Aside from the captures of Rodda and Galan, the identity of Lyon’s other signings were already previously known – the returns of Mathieu Bastareaud (Rugby United New York) and Leo Berdeu (Agen) as well as the arrivals of Colby Fainga’a (Connacht) and Joe Taufete’e (Worcester Warriors).