A former Welsh rugby international has apologised in court for retaliating to racist taunts while on a night out in Rhyl.
Merthyr coach Dale McIntosh pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour against a man he cornered outside a pub. The New Zealand-born ex-flanker, who lives in Pontypridd, told police he had been subject to ‘a torrent of derogatory terms’ and threw punches in retaliation.
Prosecutors told Llandudno magistrates that three officers noticed McIntosh (47) taking off his jacket as he became ‘agitated’ before he allegedly struck at a man numerous times – police arrested the coach at the scene but no complaints were made against him.
In an apology to the court, McIntosh told Judge Gerallt Jones: ”I’m not here to question it or make excuses for myself. I used physical force, I am a professional person and role model in my community. I extend my sincere apologies especially to the three arresting officers. Hopefully I will learn from this experience.”
McIntosh was staying in Rhyl with the Merthyr team, who played RGC in a Premiership league match earlier that day. The defence said McIntosh had gone out on his own and was taunted by a group – the solicitor, Graham Parry, said the police officers had seen him walk away from the group before going back and throwing punches.
He added: ”It’s a very unfortunate incident. He does a significant amount of voluntary work. He’s highly-regarded. He was subject to a considerable amount of very unpleasant provocation. He did walk away twice.”
McIntosh was fined £350 and told to pay another £120 in costs. Sentencing him, Judge Jones said ”behaviour of this nature often crosses the community penalty threshold” although his conviction took into account his ”impeccable good character, prompt guilty plea and character references.”
McIntosh played for Pontypridd for eighteen years and won two caps for Wales, before he moved into coaching. He took charge of the club in 2010 and led them to back-to-back Premiership titles and two Swalec Cups, before joining the coaching set-up at Cardiff Blues in 2013.