THE man who ran on the pitch during a crucial stage of the Wales v South Africa rugby international on Saturday has not been arrested.

This afternoon the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) confirmed the man is a registered rugby player. His club, Senghenydd who play in the WRU's Admiral National League, has said it is unable to comment. 

The 28-year-old from Caerphilly caused chaos and has received death threats after pulling the prank at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium

He climbed over barriers and on to the field of play in the final quarter of game.

In its statement today the governing body said the unnamed man has been given a lifetime ban from buying any tickets from the WRU for rugby events held at Principality Stadium in future. It also confirmed it is investigating his behaviour as a breach of its code of conduct for registered players.

Mark Williams Principality Stadium manager said in a statement issued by the union: "Working collaboratively with South Wales Police we were able to identify the pitch invader who entered the field of play during Wales v South Africa at Principality Stadium on Saturday 6th November 2021. 

"The WRU, Principality Stadium and South Wales Police condemns any behaviour of this kind, and the individual will be issued with a lifetime ban from buying any tickets from the WRU for rugby events held at Principality Stadium in future.  

"We were deeply disappointed to discover the individual is a registered player and member of a rugby club; and the WRU are currently investigating this as a Code of Conduct breach."

The Senghenydd Club, based in the village near Caerphilly, had played at the world famous stadium in 2011, when the club won the WRU Bowl for junior clubs, but should it win the right to play on the national stadium again it could find one of its players would be banned from entering the ground.

Stadium manager Mr Williams also paid tribute to the stewards who were seen on video being inadvertently splashed with beer thrown by angry fans at the invader who many believed had cost Wales a scoring opportunity in the final quarter of the narrow loss.

"I'd like to thank the pitch side stewards and on pitch security team who acted swiftly stopping the individual and escorting them from the field of play. 

"For more than 20 years this stadium has been revered across the world for its unique atmosphere and game day experience.  It's extremely disappointing to think that by recent events the traditional game day experience is under threat and that we might be forced to look at additional measures that will impact on the fan experience in future"

After the final whistle, Principality Stadium manager Mark Williams said of the ejected spectator: “We condemn this type of behaviour in the strongest possible terms.

“He was intercepted and immediately escorted from the stadium and handed over to South Wales Police.”

The National Wales: Wayne Pivac said he was disheartened by the pitch invasion in the Wales V South Africa match. Photo: PAWayne Pivac said he was disheartened by the pitch invasion in the Wales V South Africa match. Photo: PA

A South Wales Police spokesperson told our sister title, the South Wales Argus, the man has not been arrested.

They said: “The 28-year-old man who intruded onto the pitch at the Principality Stadium on Saturday evening was escorted from the ground and ejected from the stadium.

“South Wales Police will discuss the matter further with the stadium management.”

It was a stunt that backfired massively though for Wales as it is being blamed on preventing a potential try-scoring opportunity for fullback Liam Williams.

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There were no guarantees he would have scored with the pass behind him and three covering Springboks defenders closing in.

But the incident did occur in the fullback’s line of vision before he was stripped of possession.

With the scores at 15-15, had he touched down, it might have helped tip the game in the hosts’ balance with world champions South Africa going on to win 23-18.

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