Wing of Dragons Praises Luther Burrell’s Honesty Regarding Racism in Rugby Union

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Dragons forward Ashton Hewitt praised former England center Luther Burrell on Twitter for exposing the racism that is “abundant” in rugby union.

The former Wales Under-20 player was born in Newport to a Welsh mother and Anglo-Jamaican father and had previously spoken out about the racism he experienced as a player.

On the Scrum V podcast in 2020, Hewitt stated “it’s [racism] should not be overlooked” and he continues to uphold that statement as he encourages others to speak out against racism so it can be “treated harshly and appropriately”.

Rugby is no different

In response to Burrell’s interview with the Daily Mail, Hewitt tweeted: “I hope this opens the eyes of those who think rugby is exempt from social issues.

“Big respect to @lutherburrell for honesty.

“I hope it encourages others not to accept racism as many of us feel we have to.”

Celebrated former British and Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye, ​​who is now chairman of an independent diversity and inclusion advisory group created by the RFU last year, also praised Burrell.

Monye tweeted: “Bravo @lutherburrell couldn’t have been easy on you. Sadly, a familiar tale with some uncomfortable truths.”

The former Harlequin fan favorite is using his standing in the public eye for change, having previously criticized former Premiership Rugby CEO Darren Childs’ management for their lack of serious action regarding racism faced by players after empty promises. of a robust racism policy that turned to be just two pages.

In regards to Burrell’s recent exposure of his experiences as a player, it has been comforting to see executives reach out to the player to work with him to learn more and bring about change.

RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said he spoke with Burrell “to see if we can learn from his experience and possibly work with him as an advocate for change.”

Current Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Simon Massie-Taylor said: “I spoke to Luther to apologize for what he experienced and offer support.

“While there is a lot of positive activity in the area of ​​equality, diversity and inclusion, this is a reminder of how far we still need to go.”

Burrell’s answer

With the dust settling after the initial Daily Mail article, Burrell came back and told Sportsmail: “It was really nice to get messages from Simon and Bill about what happened. They were really concerned and sent their apologies, which is great. It’s not necessarily an apology I was looking for doing this.

“It’s great that they want to apologize, but it’s about taking racism out of our game. That’s where I’m at with it. We had a good conversation and made an appointment next week to meet to come up with a plan.

“I give some advice on where I think changes can be made and things can be developed to make our sport much more diverse. The main thing for me is to do something about it.”

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