1 Sep 2009

Worsley hits back at widespread fake blood claims

6:44 pm on 1 September 2009

Wasps forward Joe Worsley has hit back at claims from Harlequins that the feigning of blood injuries is common at the top level of the sport in Britain.

Quins were fined more than 600 thousand dollars and winger Tom Williams banned for four months after he used a capsule of fake blood to get himself substituted.

Harlequins captain Will Skinner has claimed his club is not the only place were such practices have been used, but have suffered as the first to be caught.... however Worsley doesn't believe the procedure is widespread....

The ex-England coach Dick Best said in 2001 that fake blood was "in common use" in the Premiership, while a newspaper report says it has also seeped into test matches.

One alleged technique is to cut players behind the ear, then stitch the wound before reopening it to allow a blood replacement to come on.