Jonny Wilkinson at the O2 Touch Tour in Bath, supporting an O2 Think Big initiative to help unemployed young people gain work experience and employability skills through rugby. For information on how to sign-up to upcoming events and get the chance to meet Jonny go to www.O2Touch.co.uk Pictured, touch rugby with Jonny Wilkinson. by Gavin Crilly Photography, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk email: gavincrilly@gmail.com The photographic copyright (© 2015) is exclusively retained by the works creator at all times and sales, syndication or offering the work for future publication to a third party without the photographer's knowledge or agreement is in breach of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, (Part 1, Section 4, 2b). Please contact the photographer should you have any questions with regard to the use of the attached work and any rights involved.

Jonny Wilkinson at the O2 Touch Tour in Bath, supporting an O2 Think Big initiative to help unemployed young people gain work experience and employability skills through rugby. For information on how to sign-up to upcoming events and get the chance to meet Jonny go to www.O2Touch.co.uk
Pictured, touch rugby with Jonny Wilkinson.
by Gavin Crilly Photography, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk email: gavincrilly@gmail.com
The photographic copyright (© 2015)

 

I photographed Jonny Wilkinson, a few weeks ago and as the Rugby World Cup is upon us, I’ve been thinking about all the rugby I’ve photographed over the years and  how I’ve never meet a horrible rugby player.

I’ve been held up on photo calls and signings by football players and I’ve even been told to ‘F off’ by a pro cricketer at a team shoot but In all my 30 year career I’ve never meet a rude rugby player.

I covered Gloucester RFC for seven years and Bristol and Bath RFC for over 15 including more local games at grass roots level than I’ve had hot dinners.

Anytime I’ve been off pitch with them at feature shoots or photo calls they have been more than happy to go along with your ideas and have always been interested in the cause or person they are there to meet.

I covered Bristol Rugby during their darkest hours when the club was going through a bad patch and the press were all over the players like a rash and even then they were no trouble.

So the old saying ‘football is a gentleman’s game played by ruffians and rugby is a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen’ maybe true.