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Durham fresher ‘weed on’ in sick rugby initiation as uni launches investigation

A fresher was weed on by senior members of the rugby team during a twisted initiation, it has been claimed.

The Tab reported that the first-year student from the University of Durham took part in the team’s famous start-of-2018 ritual.

One student at the event said that the urination had been an accident.

They said: “It’s just a social. It’s fine.”

Another said the twisted act was “violently condescending” and put them off playing for the team altogether.

They added: “It really makes you consider how much you want to be a part of the club.

“I’d be disappointed if the situation wasn’t dealt with properly because it’s embarrassing to be associated with that sort of behaviour and ultimately it’s just not right.”



Durham is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country
Durham is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country

Earlier the same day senior members of the Durham University Rugby Football Club were warned by coaches they’d be booted out the team if they bullied freshers.

The uni spokesperson said that an investigation was underway and would not comment on the matter until it was completed.

Quentin Sloper, Durham’s sport director, stated that such behavior was unacceptable at the university.



The university said the appalling incident will be thoroughly investigated
The university said the appalling incident will be thoroughly investigated

He commented: “They are a direct breach of our code of conduct, which we use to ensure sports clubs and individuals are held accountable for their actions.”

Universities have returned to in-person teaching this month, with many rowdy freshers’ week events back for the first time in two years.

Students across the country have used the much-needed chance to let off steam – and, it seems, other substances too.

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But others have been disappointed to find freshers’ week “completely destroyed by coronavirus”.

Town centres have been quiet, with many clubs closed down altogether.

Still, the alleged Durham incident shows there’s life in universities’ sordid start-of-year rituals yet – and victims too.

Durham fresher 'weed on' in sick rugby initiation as uni launches investigation
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