Rugby 2011 Sees “All Blacks” Prohibited From Using Social Media

Social media is now becoming a growing trend and sites such as Facebook and Twitter are now seeing an increase in user traffic. This we reported on just the other day with some interesting stats for you, but its news of rugby team the “All Blacks” that caught our eye today.

For many rugby fans, you will know that the World Cup is due to take place in New Zealand between the 9th September and the 23rd October. In order for the All Blacks which coincidentally come from NZ, to win the special trophy for the second time, they have been told by the team’s Head Coach “Graham Henry,” that they will be banned from using any kind of social media during the above dates.

This includes using sites such as Facebook, Twitter and as bbc.co.uk reported, being involved in any kind of newspaper deals. Henry has stated that he wants the players to concentrate in the job in hand and to not have any distractions. It doesn’t end here as we know the Football Association (FA) has considered a ban before now with footie players and the use of Twitter. Here at OSM we have reported from time to time on some big names on the pitch that have ended up in hot water after making remarks on the big networking sites, some players have been banned, fined or both.

In a brief statement from All Blacks Team Manager “Darren Shand,” he said, “We don’t want players to do it individually, it creates distraction, we want to be focused on the job in hand.”

Are you a rugby fan? What team will you be cheering on? Do you think the All Blacks social media ban is a good thing? Should it be implemented across all major sports?