October 2, 2003
A huge brawl broke out at a dinner attended by some of rugby's greatest names after English rugby fans made fun of a Welsh comedian who was entertaining at the event. The dinner was to raise money for former England player Alastair Hignell, who has multiple sclerosis, according to the London Standard .
Players and guests looked on in shock as dozens of guests traded blows at the 300-a-ticket dinner at the very posh Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
Two guests were knocked to the floor and one, a woman, was taken to the hospital by ambulance with head wounds during the fight, which only ended when police were called.
A witness said: "All hell broke out. It was a very big scrap. At least two people were laid out on the floor one of them was a young woman.
"People were exchanging punches and there was a lot of screaming. They were mainly very well-built amateur rugby types." The violence broke out when England fans taunted Welsh comedian Max Boyce as he made an after-dinner speech.
Welsh fans clashed with the England fans on a neighboring table as those on surrounding tables tried in vain to stop it. But the fight spiralled, hotel security guards were forced to call for police reinforcements and staff put out a call for a doctor to treat the injured. Organizers had to end the evening early, before a planned charity auction.
Event organizer Martin Krajewski said the incident was "terribly embarrassing" for the former England captain and had been caused by a "few drunkards."
One former player said: "In all my experience of going to these dinners
I have never seen anything like it." How Much is that Doggy in the Test
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