“It’s a sad day for rugby,” Warren Gatland said after Farrell withdrew from selection.

“It’s a sad day for rugby,” Warren Gatland said after Farrell withdrew from selection.

Owen Farrell decided to take a break from XV de la Rose. Hannah McKay/Reuters

New Zealand’s Wales coach Warren Gatland says Owen Farrell’s decision to withdraw from international rugby is a “wake-up call”.

Owen Farrell’s decision to step away from international rugby is…Alarm signalWarren Gatland, the New Zealand coach of Wales, said on Friday in the face of the attacks suffered by players and their families, especially on social media.

It is a sad day for rugby and the sport in general to see someone of Owen’s stature having to make the decision to step away from the international scene in order to protect his family.“, he regretted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “But ironically, his decision could be the best thing that could happen to our sport, because it will highlight some of the unfortunate things that happen in rugby, especially on social media.added Gatland, who picked Farrell in three British and Irish tours.

The 32-year-old fly-half and England XV captain has opted out of the 2024 Six Nations in order to “Prioritize your mental health and your family’s well-being», explained his Muslim club on Wednesday.

Pharrell has faced a lot of criticism on social media

The fly-half’s 112 caps led England to third place in the last World Cup. But he was booed several times during the competition, which was held in France. He was also heavily criticized on social media after being sent off during a World Cup warm-up match against Wales, resulting in a four-match ban.

Given what Owen has accomplished in the game, he probably doesn’t realize it, but I think his decision will have a positive impact that will make people think about this abuse and address it.», Gatland remains hopeful. “Ultimately, the rugby community cares and I think it’s time for the vast majority of us who are disgusted by what’s happening to stand up for each other a little more. If you see something online that’s not right, delete it.»

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