Student rugby players banned after ‘Jimmy Savile’ night of drunken pranks

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RUGBY players who dressed as disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile for a night out have been banned by their club.

Members of St Cuthbert’s Society Mens’ Rugby Club, part of Durham University, were also asked to dress as young girls, policemen and BBC reporters for the social evening last month.

According to the Durham Students’ Union newspaper Palatinate, the group toured several university bars, and some eyewitnesses claimed they tried to steal a dartboard and set off a fire extinguisher.

One student is alleged to have stripped naked.

“Freshers were asked to dress as young girls, second years as Jimmy Savile and third and fourth years as BBC reporters and policemen,” reports the newspaper.

St Cuthbert’s Society could not be reached for comment, but it is understood administrators have completed a swift investigation and punished those responsible.

They have banned the team from remaining fixtures this season, although it is understood the players are appealing that part of the penalty.

The club captain and social secretary have been ordered to carry out 20 hours of community work, and every member who took part in the night out has been fined £50.

It is understood the players haves asked for the fines to be paid to their chosen charity, a hospice in Hertfordshire.

A spokesman for Durham University said: “The university has been made aware of an incident.

“We take such matters very seriously.

“The students’ college has investigated the incident and disciplinary action is being taken.”

Savile has been widely vilified since his death after a police investigation concluded he was a ‘serial child abuser’.

Inquiries leading from those revelations have led to the arrest of several celebrities including DJ Dave Lee Travis, former singer Garry Glitter, and comedian Freddie Starr.

None of those arrested have been charged.