THE Welsh women's rugby team may benefit from a bizarre lesbian love scandal among their Aussie rivals.
Australian player Cheryl Soon took an overdose after a fight with ex-lover and fellow player Tui Ormsby.
Soon, 26, was upset she and Ormsby, 24, had split up. Aussie team boss Larry Thompson does not want Soon in the side. But she and Ormsby will line up together today when Australia meet Wales in the women's World Cup in Barcelona.
In a report Thompson said Soon was in a "very unstable condition" after the bust up.
He said Soon should not be selected because the row had caused a "real split among the team".
But the Australian Rugby Union sent Soon for counselling.
An ARU spokesman said "The matter has been dealt with appropriately.
"We are satisfied with her capacity to do the job asked of her at the World Cup."
The Mirror (London, England) (May 13, 2002): p16