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Chris Ashton Says He's Retired Infamous Try Celebration

Chris Ashton Says He's Retired Infamous Try Celebration
By PJ Browne
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Chris Ashton says we've probably seen the last of his 'Ash Splash' celebration.

Over the weekend, the former England international broke the English Premiership trying scoring record when he scored a hat-trick for Leicester against Bristol.

Though his former Harlequins teammate Danny Care felt some of his tries on Saturday were "primed for the splash", Ashton did not touch in spectacular fashion.

"I don't know. What has happened to it? Maybe it is gone. Maybe its days are numbered," Ashton told the BBC Radio 5 Live Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

"Honestly, I think it's tucked up, it's gone, it's in the drawer."

Ashton told Rugbypass last month that he wished he'd never done the celebration.

Chris Ashton: 'I wish I hadn't done the Ash Splash'

"It took a life of its own, and people generate opinions on that," he said.


"When you've kids who love it, I still get stuff sent to me today, it's why at the time I thought I'd carry on doing it. I just didn't enjoy the sideshow of it.


"Do you remember Room 101, the programme? It ended up in there. The guy who used to run Countdown, Nick Hewer, he was on the show, and I was sat at home watching it. Up pops me. They ended up dumping me in Room 101 because at the time he hated any kind of over the top celebration. I'm sat at home eating my fish and chips watching myself drop into Room 101.


"They're are people who don't like it, and create an opinion of you through that, which looking back at, I wish I hadn't done it."

Ashton has now scored 95 Premiership tries in a 14-year career.

"Like 90 of my tries, I don't choose anything," he said about his performance at the weekend.


"I just follow the right people. There was as chance for five, I'm pretty annoyed I didn't get five, to be honest. I'll take three!

"I've been waiting a long time to get it out of the way. I am over the moon. It's probably taken two years longer than I'd hoped."

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