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Sank 52 cans of beer on a flight from Sydney to England

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Took to the seas in a pedalo during the 2007 World Cup

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Mathieu Bastareaud took a nasty tumble and paid the price

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Hayden Foxe took getting bladdered too far

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John Jeffrey played football with the 110-year-old Calcutta Cup trophy

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Wiggins celebrated his Olympic double with a drink or two

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Gatecrashed a Russian football team training session...naked

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John Daly - drunk and jailed

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Gazza recreates the infamous dentist chair scene

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David Gower and John Morris take to the skies in a Tigermoth

Top Ten High Jinks

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A look-back at incidents of sporting high jinks

Sportsmen are well known for letting their hair down and letting off a bit of steam away from the field of play, although now and again they end up taking things a step too far.

Here takes a light-hearted look-back as some of the more memorable incidents of high jinks that have been served up over the years.

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Gower's Tiger feat

During the ill-fated Ashes tour of 1990-91 which was to end in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat, David Gower and John Morris attempted to raise their spirits during a Tour match against Queensland by nipping out just after the lunch break, whilst their team-mates were still in bat, to take a flight over the ground in a Tigermoth biplane from an airfield down the road. The England management didn't quite see the funny side and both men were fined and saw their international careers end soon after.

Fredalo frolics

Andrew Flintoff produced many memorable moments during his England career and while plenty came on the pitch, a few also came off it. Those who saw it will struggle to forget his rather unsteady appearance from England's team hotel after a long night celebrating the Ashes victory in 2005, but he makes this list for his attempt to commandeer a pedalo after a few too many shandies during the World Cup in 2007.

Boon or busting

Another cricketer makes the list, this time Australian 'Keg on Legs' David Boon for his sterling efforts in supping 52 cans of beer on the flight taking the Australian team from Sydney to England for the 1989 Ashes series. Boon reportedly broke the previous record of 45 set by Rodney Marsh - although this did not include the three he sank in the departure lounge in Sydney, nor the two he drank whilst the plane was refuelling in Singapore.

Gazza's dentist chair

Not one averse to off-field scrapes, Paul Gascoigne hit the front pages shortly before Euro 1996 for an alcohol-fuelled "dentist chair" drinking stunt in a Hong Kong bar with his slightly less than sober England team-mates. With the incident receiving predictably negative press, Gazza took a swipe at his critics after scoring a sublime second goal in a crucial 2-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in the tournament as he reprised his dentist chair exploits... although this time thankfully with a squeezy bottle of lucozade sport.

One too many for Wild Thing

Known as Wild Thing, John Daly is, or at least was, known for thumping the ball hard on the course and partying harder off it. This was certainly the case in October 2008 outside a North Carolina branch of fine-dining establishment Hooters. After a lengthy session, a slumped and "uncooperative" Daly was picked up and thrown in the slammer by cops where he spent 24 hours sobering up before being released.

Long and short of it

A man with a bit of track record in this field, rugby league star Sean Long earns his place on the list through what referees might describe as the "totting up process". His autobiography - entitled Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal (there's a clue in there somewhere) - is a veritable goldmine of high jinks and while there are many to choose from, we'll keep it slightly respectable and choose the moment that he decided to entertain the Russian football team sharing training facilities at a pre-season camp in Marbella by gatecrashing their penalty practice session. Long thought he'd enliven the somewhat stony faced proceedings by stripping naked, sprinting into the goalmouth, jumping on to the cross-bar and doing some chin-ups.

Taxi for Wiggins

An Olympic champion but a man who, by his own admission, enjoys to let off steam with an ale or two. Bradley Wiggins incurred the wrath of a Chinese cabbie in Beijing in 2008 after opting to celebrate his two gold medals by rolling over the bonnet of his taxi. It all ended peacefully after local police stepped in to restore Anglo-Chinese relations.

Calcutta Cup kickabout

Post-match exuberance from Rugby Union players is the stuff of legend, but matters got rather out of hand in 1988 when England and Scotland players chose to bond after their Six Nations clash - which England won 9-6 - with an impromptu spot of football. John Jeffrey and Dean Richards were the ringleaders as they hoofed the 110-year-old Calcutta Cup trophy down Edinburgh's Princes Street to much subsequent head-shaking and hand-wringing.

Foxe makes a splash

It would be fair to say that flame-haired defender Hayden Foxe didn't really make a huge impression on the pitch during his time in English football, but the Australian secured his moment in the spotlight off it by illuminating the West Ham Christmas Party in 2001. Foxe thought he would spice up proceedings as the Sugar Loaf club in London by climbing on to the bar and unleashing a dance routine that included relieving himself on said bar. Shockingly he and the rest of the Hammers party were asked to leave soon afterwards.

French fibber

Rising French rugby union star Bastareaud is the last name on to the list for a night of boozy celebration that almost escalated into an international incident. The burly Stade Francais centre - cousin of William Gallas - went out for a few during France's tour of New Zealand last year and ended up with a suspected broken eye socket and cuts to his face. Bastareaud initially claimed to have been set upon by a group of men in Wellington before rather sheepishly admitting the injuries had been self-inflicted due to an untimely face-first stumble on to the bedside table in his hotel room. His initial whopper prompted France Prime Minister Francois Fillon to send a letter of apology to his New Zealand counterpart John Key, while Bastareaud went on to spend a short spell in the international wilderness to mull over his misdemeanour.

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