E ngland rugby teams in New Zealand never seem to learn. As recently as they were embroiled in a high-profile sex scandal in Auckland , prompting the Rugby Football Union to warn its players to behave on tour in future. That stern edict appears to have been totally forgotten. Stick the following words together in any order — England captain, blonde, royal family, boobs, dwarf-throwing — and you have all the ingredients for global tabloid nirvana. The moment that explosive mental cocktail enters the public domain the truth becomes largely irrelevant. It no longer matters that the vast majority of this England squad are hard-working, honest, polite young men dying to make their country proud at this Rugby World Cup.
Dwarf tossing is a bar sport where a little person puts on a harness and a bigger, Greco-Roman wrestler type guy grabs said harness and throws the little guy as far as he can. It's usually a competition, much like the shot put, in which the goal is to throw the object in this case a person farther than anyone else. I recently discovered that a friend of a friend, Jared Hess not the same guy who directed Napoleon Dynamite , was making a documentary on the subject. After a few brief email exchanges I found out that dwarf tossing was criminalized in , and the documentary chronicles the adventures of a dwarf named Dave who claims the law violates his first amendment rights and is determined to legalize tossing in spite of the LPA Little People of America. Vice: What exactly is dwarf tossing? You have a little person who wears a harness and a helmet and, for a charge, someone gets to grab them and see how far they can toss them. I see.
The long and short of it: England rugby and dwarf-throwing do not mix
Dwarf-tossing is outlawed in France and in several US states. A United Nations human rights committee ruled that the 'sport' is contrary to human dignity. For those not in the know, a dwarf is generally defined as an individual who is 4' 10'' tall or shorter.