School rugby duo admit role in brawl

Two rugby players from a prestigious private school will be sentenced next week for their involvement in a mass brawl which left a youth with a broken leg.

Scott Flood-Wiley, aged 21, and Evan Lewis, aged 22, were celebrating their school, Clongowes Wood College, winning the Leinster Schools Cup when they took part in a fight involving around 20 people.

Flood-Wiley, of Adelaide St, Dún Laoghaire, and Lewis, of Coppinger Close, Stillorgan, but originally from Ennis, Co Clare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to affray on Lower Rathmines Rd on Mar 20, 2011.

Garda Mary Brophy told Roisín Lacy, prosecuting, a large number of Clongowes supporters were in Tram Co nightclub in Rathmines celebrating the school’s recent win.

Graham Bennett and Ryan Hatfield were in the same club.

Mr Hatfield was involved in a verbal row with some Clongowes students before his group left the club. They again ran into the group of students who began shouting abuse at them.

A fight broke out between the two groups.

Mr Bennett fell to the ground during the struggle. He was taken to hospital where he was found to have a “Bosworth fracture” to his leg.

Flood Wiley and Lewis’s defence counsels both said their clients had nothing to do with causing Mr Bennett’s injuries and this was accepted by the prosecution.

Judge Carmel Stewart remanded both men on bail until next week.

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