After 40 years, the Ringer bash remains a byword for violence

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After 40 years, the Ringer bash remains a byword for violence

The day that anger over Margaret Thatcher spilt on to the rugby pitch is bloodily etched in memory

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Rugby Union internationals between England and Wales are often passionate and fiercely contested affairs.

But Saturday’s Six Nations match between the old rivals at Twickenham will have to go some way to match the excess of emotion that marred their 1980 encounter at “headquarters” and ensured lasting infamy for Paul Ringer after the Wales back-row was sent off.

Wales had been the dominant force in the then Five Nations during the 1970s, a largely miserable decade for England...

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