Rugby's dressing room pranks

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Even before players go into battle for 80 minutes, they have to train together, travel to away games together and live together on tour. In short, professional players spend a lot of time together.

Take a squad of 22 men, mix in some mischief and add a healthy dose of boredom and you have a recipe for disaster. Or, at least, a recipe for high jinks and some brutal dressing room wind-ups. has collated a list of the best wind-ups players have witnessed during their careers.

Many have told tales that will make your stomachs turn, while others have preferred not to reveal the victims’ names, indicating there is still some honour among the professional rugby-playing fraternity.

IRN allowed the players themselves to reveal the gory details.

Click on the right to open our guide.