In a particularly disgusting and disturbing development, a youth rugby team in Northern California has been sanctioned for paying bounties.
Players were allegedly offers money to record big hits and possibly injure opposing players.
According to press reports, the Northern California Youth Rugby Association has suspended Wesley Van Tonder, Sr. and Wesley Van Tonder, Jr., both coaches and administrators for the Raptor Rugby youth program, which fields teams from U8 to HS level, for paying players on their middle school team money to take out opposing players.
They have been suspended for three years.
According to a report from the local ABC affiliate, one Raptor player made a tackle during a game against Lamorinda, and then stood up and asked if that was good enough for him to get paid.
Coaches also allegedly told players not to talk about the bounty offer.
All Raptor games are now forfeits.