TOP14 Madness: When Imanol Harinordoquy's father joined a fight

TOP14 Madness: When Imanol Harinordoquy's father joined a fight

The Basque derby between Biarritz and Bayonne in the Top 14 back in 2011 turned out to be as fiery as expected with a melee kicking off just minutes into the game.

With the fight kicking off, Imanol Harinordoquy’s ran in from the side of the pitch to take part in it. The former International's father took to the field with his son involved in a scrap a few meters away.


Flyhalf Benjamin Boyet tackled him to the ground and things fizzled out from there as Mr Harinordoquy senior was escorted from the field.

“You could have been mistaken for believing it was a youth match between two local villages, it was a scandalous episode,” said Christian Gajan, Bayonne’s director of rugby.


Biarritz won the game 21-19 after flyhalf Julien Peyrelongue kicked a last gasp penalty.


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