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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mike Tindall tackle on George Gregan - 2003 RWC Final

Mike Tindall Tackle on Gregan -  2003 WC Final

Though Wallaby legend George Gregan would never show it, this unceremonious dump in the 2003 RWC Final would have hurt. As you'd expect from him, Gregan gets up quickly and walks it off, epitomising his the tough-as-nails persona.

Nonetheless, this is a great show of strength from big England centre Mike Tindall and would have no doubt rattled their determined opposition.

The game went on to become one of the greatest encounters ever in world cup history with the tension and drama one would expect from a world cup final.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:28 am | View Comments (27)

England vs Australia 2003 RWC Final

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RuggerBugger August 25, 2006 7:15 pm


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Stuey April 05, 2007 1:36 pm

:):):) Down you go wee man!

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Anonymous June 03, 2007 4:20 pm

typical english man cant pic on no 1 there own size

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Anonymous July 03, 2007 8:08 am

What do you mean typical english man. It's a rugby game for crying out loud. If you are in front of me with the ball and you are smaller than me...i'll take you out. If you are in the team you better be prepared to be nailed one time or another. You say "Pick on someone your own size"...please, grow up. Rugby is not for pussies. Go Bokke!!!!!

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Anonymous July 12, 2007 8:03 am

Tindall saw he was out over the side line and then proceded to up-end gregan and smash him into the ground........... got cheap shot written all over it.

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Anonymous July 16, 2007 2:45 am

can anyone tell me how hard it is to tackle someone when they are already in touch? he did well to stop gregan (although how many tackles does gregan break?)but, please! to carry on like that in touch!!

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fishboy July 17, 2007 6:51 am

To the last three comments: I'm no fan of Tindall or Gregan but that was a perfectly legitimate tackle. Tindall probably wouldn't have fallen forward like that if he hadn't been pushed from behind - but in any case that's fair play. You play rugby, you get hit hard - Gregan's not complaining!

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Anonymous August 10, 2007 12:32 am

Oh god, 12 year olds have taken over the comment page. Do you really think Gregan hasn't done worse? - especially in international rugby. Get over it. It's just a silly overkill tackle. Besides, Tindall was trying for an 'Oscar'. P.S. Beware, the underdogs are growling again. C'mon England!!

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Anonymous August 14, 2007 1:12 am

nothing wrong with that tackle. Rugby is a contact sport so be prepared to get hit hard. He picked him up inside the field of play and put him down outside it thats just good rugby. Gregan didnt complain because he knows that how the game is played

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Anonymous August 15, 2007 6:04 pm

And the great thing is all though you cant see it very well because its behind the line judge/another player the twosome actually touch hands in a friendly acknowledgment just to show there arent any hard feelings - I doubt George would complain - the aussies are great sports everyone knows that!

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Anonymous September 15, 2007 11:37 am

sikk fuckin tackle mate, tindall is a fucking legend. and england are the world champions, so fuck off the southern hemesphere cunts....

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Anonymous September 27, 2007 7:01 pm

Rugby is a glorious sport, this tackle was perfectly legal, and its racist comments like some of these that are tarnishing the name of the greatest game on earth.When are people going to realise that 15 men on a pitch aren't all the same as an entire nation of people?

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Anonymous September 28, 2007 9:40 am

Hahahaha... I'm Welsh but I must say it does make me smile. Cracking tackle. Alls fair in Rugby. Gregan took it on the chin so you guys might as well.

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Anonymous September 29, 2007 9:02 pm

stop being so raicest. Its imbaracing

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Anonymous October 09, 2007 9:01 pm

Will all these idiots who say tindall was out of order shut up. If you have got some one in that position you don't gently put them because you've gone into touch, you slam them on the ground then rub their face in it for good measure. You girls should stick to commenting on football.

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 7:07 pm

ffs guys it was an awesome tackle and all u people complaining about it are blatantly from the island of convicts. put it this way would you complain if you did that to an english player no you would whine on about it being brilliant. so in conclusion we knocked you out of the rwc again. 4 more years boys.

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Ben December 17, 2007 5:51 pm

(To the 8th Comment Down)(The One In Block Capitals)Damn English Pooter Bitch? WtfHe Has To Hit The Player. Don't Know Whether You Understand But That's What You Need To Do In Rugby!And About England Getting "Whooped" In The WC.I Think Not My Gay Friend!

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Anonymous December 26, 2007 5:09 pm

I think it's great to see some action from time to time, be it proper or inproper...I mean it's the reason why this website was made in the first place innit?! To all you complainers, if seeing things like this scare then what what the hell are you doing on this website??!! Go watch the Teletubbies insted...this website is for real men!

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dan January 24, 2008 7:42 pm

his defence is not shit, thats why we had him in the centre with greenwood. if you watched/played the game you would see how good tindall is. it wasnt a cheap shot either, a cheap shot is when matt rogers tries to take out lewsey in a previous game but ends up gettin creamed, while im having my wrant, who knocked who out of the world cup- AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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stuie February 02, 2008 4:07 am

Tindall can be a good player and during the 2003 wc he was really on form but there was no need for that. Surely the bigger man would have simply placed Gregan back on the ground - i love the physicality of rugby but there was no need.

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welchemuffin March 02, 2008 1:21 pm

Either way tindall has a well fit girlfriend

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Anonymous April 10, 2008 9:45 pm

see that guy push the two over as well??english slimeno need for that tackle if hes already out

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bD April 26, 2008 8:13 pm

none of you mentioned it was a rugby world cup final....the adrenaline would be flowing through you. hardly going to let the opposition off the hook

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Harry Oliver O'Neill May 16, 2008 3:08 pm

Being an England supporter, I think it was a smashing hit, which probably sums up that whole match. Well played and skilful, but someone had to come out on top!

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Anonymous May 25, 2008 5:54 am

well yeah it looks kind of bad, but what was tindall supposed to do? let him go by? no way

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no 9 May 26, 2008 5:46 pm

that was a bit of an unfair tackle there. tindal already had him of the pitch, if u look carefully u can see gregan realising what was going on and folding over tindals shoulder in order to stop himself being on the recieving end of a spear tackle.

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Anonymous August 07, 2008 4:49 pm

this is was a rwc final if your going to show your dominance you have to show the opposition whos boss you want to make them scared to come into the contact zone by slamming him to the ground its intimidates gregan making him think twice about going into the contact area again

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