2 Jun 2009

Bath players resign

11:28 am on 2 June 2009

Bath rugby players Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins have resigned from the English club with immediate effect after a probe into an alleged bar brawl.

Australia's Bath lock Justin Harrison, another who had been alleged to be involved in the disturbance, has since announced his retirement from rugby.

Reports last month claimed that several Bath players had been involved in a fight with rival players from Harlequins at a Fulham pub in London on May 10th, just 24 hours after both sides had been eliminated from the Premiership play-offs.

The lurid stories also suggested there had been drug-taking at the end of season party.

Bath launched an immediate investigation and Lipman, Crockett and Higgins were due to appear at a hearing into the incident, but all three quit before the hearing could take place.

England flanker Lipman, 29, and Crockett, 27, were Bath's joint captains.

Bath have been hit by a recent drugs scandal after England international prop Matt Stevens received a two-year ban following a positive test earlier in the season.