The true spirit of rugby is shown as the stars of the game show incredible support for the victim of online trolling

By rugby attack

Stars from around the world of rugby have responded to show their support for a rugby player under the age of 12 who has been the victim of online trolling.

A post was shared on Twitter last weekend by Mark Pugsley, who said his son Alfie was accused of being “too big to play under 12”. Since then, World Cup winners and legends of the game have responded to show their support.

The Twitter post read: “Had to remove a post from Facebook because an idiot commented that my boy is too ‘big’ to play under 12 and is not healthy. If only people knew how hard he works to get fit and how low his confidence has been. Don’t worry Alfie, I will always be your biggest fan.”

World Cup winning loosehead prop Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira commented: β€œBig dude, you have my support. I also went down this road once when people were quietly teasing me about my height and wondering if I was the right age for my age group. Keep your head high and never let the haters reach you. The rugby game is for everyone.”

Current Springboks loosehead Ox Nche said: “Hi Alfie! Glad to see you taking part in the wonderful game of Rugby! Keep showing up for your games and for yourself! There are no limits to what you can or cannot do! The #OxBead along with the thousands of comments below and that is the true spirit of Rugby!”

Former English and British and Irish lion loosehead Alex Corbisiero shared a photo of himself when he was younger in his commentary. He wrote: “Hi Mark please show this to Alfie I heard similar things when I was younger Alfie keep working hard you will have the last laugh and I promise this experience will make you a better person later in life . Keep smiling.”

Jerome Kaino, two time World Cup winner with the All Blacks, wrote: “Hey Alfie you keep having fun and working hard, our beautiful game is for ALL genders, people from ALL walks of life and also ALL shapes and sizes, keep that smile to your face brother and keep up the great work.”

Referee Nigel Owens even offered to referee a match. He wrote: β€œAlfie mate, you continue to enjoy rugby. Always do your best, but always enjoy it. You’re doing well keep it up. I’ll drop by one day to review one of your matches and I’m looking forward to it. Keep smiling, my friend.”

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