Scott Baldwin apologises for missing match after being bitten by lion

16 Nov 2019 admin

first_img Chris Wyles leads the way as Saracens sail past wretched Worcester Travel can broaden game but club trips to US and South Africa make little sense The Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has apologised after being bitten on the hand while trying to pet a lion in South Africa, causing him to miss Ospreys’ defeat to the Cheetahs in their Pro14 match on Friday.The 29-year-old was described as “stupid” by the Ospreys coach Steve Tandy after suffering the wound, which needed stitches, during a pre-match visit to a game park. Read more Baldwin took to social media on Saturday to apologise. “Sorry all Ospreys fans for letting you and the team down by missing the game through the bite!” he said on Twitter. “Should [have] known he wouldn’t be impressed with me stroking his lioness before introducing myself to him first. And for those asking, my hand is on the mend thankfully and should be up and running round soon enough, thanks for your support and concern.” Baldwin came in for a ribbing from his coach after Friday’s 44-25 defeat at the Free State Stadium, where Tandy explained the incident to the media in candid terms. “There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion. He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Share on Messenger Pro14center_img “It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky … I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten. “It’s probably one of the silliest things I’ve ever been involved in, but thankfully he is OK and hopefully he will be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.” The club confirmed that Baldwin had suffered the injury on Wednesday and said he was treated at the scene by the team doctor before being admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday for further treatment to prevent infection. He was released on Saturday to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned. Support The Guardian news Ospreys Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby union Reuse this contentlast_img

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