Rugby star misses match after puppy eats passport

Cardiff Blues rugby player Jason Tovey has been forced to pull out of a Heineken Cup game in France, after his Labrador puppy Buster chewed up his passport.

Tovey had been due to fly to Toulon for the fifth round match on Saturday.

Jason Tovey tweeted this picture with the caption: "Did try and travel on this but they wouldn't let me" Credit: Twitter/Jtov10

It's a bit like the old schoolboy excuse that the dog ate my homework

Buster is always chewing things but usually it's my sock and shoes.

As soon as I saw the passport I thought I'd never get through airport security with it.

I was dreading telling my team coach, I didn't think anyone would believe.

– Jason Tovey, speaking to the BBC
Buster
Tovey tweeted: "He thinks he's so funny as well" Credit: Twitter/Jtov10

News of the rugby star's passport woes prompted many to react on Twitter:

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Absolutely gutted for @jtov10!! Would have been great to see him play against Toulon! #dogatemypassport #sorrycoach

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My heart goes out to Blues outside half Jason Tovey - this was always happening to my home work when I was in school: http://t.co/NVgjb0zb

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Possibly the best thing I have 'EVER' heard, Jason Tovey (Cardiff Blues Player) is unable to play tomorrow because his dog ate his passport!

A Cardiff Blues spokesman said: "Jason rang to say what happened - he's in the doghouse."