The Premiership Rugby final at Twickenham was interrupted by Just Stop Oil protesters on Saturday as yet another showpiece sporting fixture was hijacked by environmental activists.
Two protesters entered the pitch with just 20 minutes on the clock between Saracens and Sale Sharks, unleashing orange powder paint which marked the playing surface.
Several players moved to apprehend the protestors, with England second row Maro Itoje pushing one off the pitch while Sale captain Jono Ross, playing the final match of his career, had to be restrained from physically engaging the other pitch invader.
Two of the protesters were arrested for their actions, the Rugby Football Union confirmed.
Unlike at the Chelsea Flower Show where Just Stop Oil’s protest drew polite applause, the intervention was heartily booed by the crowd at Twickenham.
Several of the protestors – along with the stewards – were showered with beer and other projectiles as they were escorted off the pitch.
A Just Stop Oil protestor receives a far from warm reception at Twickenham after interrupting the Premiership Rugby final
— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) May 27, 2023