A RUGBY team have been kicked out of a competition and feel they have not received a proper explanation, according to those running their controversial social media channels.

Warrington Titans Touch Rugby League team were scheduled to play in round three of the 2021/22 Cheshire Touch Rugby Series this weekend, but that no longer looks to be on the cards after the notification they received on Tuesday night.

"Warrington Titans were told last night that we are no longer welcome in the Cheshire Touch Rugby Series and we still haven't been given a proper explanation as to why," says a Titans post on Facebook.

"All we know is apparently our social media is offensive and some players/coaches/parents of players were complaining."

The post added that team members have made a number of sacrifices to help the 11-team development league be successful.

Warrington Knights and Lymm Touch Rugby are two of the town's other representatives in a competition also featuring University of Chester Mavericks, University Of Chester Men's Rugby Union Social and Old Boys, Crewe & Nantwich RUFC Touch, Port Sunlight Sirens, Stockport Touch Rugby & Walking Rugby, The Touch Union - Sandbach RUFC, Chester Cheetahs and England Touch.

"We had lads turn down overtime, swap shifts and cancel time with their kids in order to get a team together. Just to try and do the decent thing and ensure we completed the series and help provide towards a competitive competition," said the post.

It concluded: "If you are one of those who complained please DM us and we can have an adult conversation about what we've done to upset you so we can try and rectify this in the future. Rather than sneaking off and getting the rug pulled from under our feet at the last minute. Cheers."

Looking at the team's social media posts over the past few months, there is use of swear words, a picture of a man with his pants down at a urinal and another of players giving a one-finger salute during the team Christmas party.

Among a clutch of follow-up posts urging the series organisers to provide a full explanation, Titans have posted a poll: Should Titans change their stance on social media, become less controversial and more 'normal'?

The figures show 56 saying no and two saying yes.

Titans, who have set up a funding page this January enabling a fitness challenge for the players to also raise money for St Rocco's Hospice, have announced there will be training on Saturday between 9am and 10am at Crosfields Recreation Ground, Hood Lane.


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