River rage as rugby fans take a jump off Eel Pie Island bridge

Still life: A still from the RNLI video

Still life: A still from the RNLI video

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A group of rugby fans jumped off the bridge at Eel Pie Island after the Army v Navy match over the bank holiday weekend.

A crew from Teddington RNLI was called to Twickenham Riverside on May 3, after the match at Twickenham stadium, where a group of men had jumped into the Thames.

In video footage captured by the rescue crew, two of the group can be seen running along on the footbridge, before they jumped into the water in front of a packed riverside.

No one was injured and the group recovered themselves from the river unharmed.

The fixture has become synonymous with rowdy behaviour over the years, with pubs closing early to prevent too much trouble.

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9:05am Fri 9 May 14

Cropper9 says...

Its been said many times before but nevertheless remains true...if this annual all-day binge & public disorder took place around a football fixture locals, stadium representatives and Police alike would to be very quick to condemn events then ultimately cancel future renewals. Luckily for rugger fans that their widespread drunkenness, shoplifting, assaults & public nudity (and that's just what I've encountered) can be passed off merely as 'high jinks'. It seems that the revenue generated by a sell-out crowd is sufficient to persuade the authorities to turn a blind eye to the chaos that surrounds the event.
Its been said many times before but nevertheless remains true...if this annual all-day binge & public disorder took place around a football fixture locals, stadium representatives and Police alike would to be very quick to condemn events then ultimately cancel future renewals. Luckily for rugger fans that their widespread drunkenness, shoplifting, assaults & public nudity (and that's just what I've encountered) can be passed off merely as 'high jinks'. It seems that the revenue generated by a sell-out crowd is sufficient to persuade the authorities to turn a blind eye to the chaos that surrounds the event. Cropper9
  • Score: 14

1:14am Sat 10 May 14

Twickenham Bob says...

The Council Licencing Sub-Committee needs to put it foot down.

In future - at all Army & Navy matches there should be no pints of beer sold, only bottles of beer, with a maximum of two bottles sold per time. It worked at the London Olympics & its what needed in Twickenham.
The Council Licencing Sub-Committee needs to put it foot down. In future - at all Army & Navy matches there should be no pints of beer sold, only bottles of beer, with a maximum of two bottles sold per time. It worked at the London Olympics & its what needed in Twickenham. Twickenham Bob
  • Score: 1

2:09pm Sat 10 May 14

Sparkythecat says...

A lot of them were very drunk before they even got to the ground.
A lot of them were very drunk before they even got to the ground. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 5

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