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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Midweek Madness - The Denis Leamy head tap

Midweek Madness - The Denis Leamy head tap

Denis Leamy, despite seeming pretty serious and all about the hard work on the field, must surely been one of those players who behind the scenes, is actually somewhat of a character and has quite a sense of humour. I dont know much about him personally, so those who know more will be able to confirm whether thats true or not.

One thing that can be confirmed though is the absurdity of whats shown in this short funny clip from last weekends test match between Australia & Ireland.

Leamy took it upon himself to find a whole new way of distracting the opposition scrumhalf, which, on this occasion, meant tapping Luke Burgess on the head when he was about to pass the ball out from the bottom of the ruck.

We saw Leamy trying something new with his bunny hopping madness at the back of the scrum in the past, but this is new tactic, a funny tactic, and one that I bet kids around the world will be haunting referees with after seeing this clip.

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:47 pm | View Comments (33)

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Anonymous June 18, 2008 8:44 pm

"thats a nice rand head ya got thar"

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Anonymous June 18, 2008 8:52 pm

that is funny!

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heinzy June 18, 2008 8:53 pm

hahahahah I saw this and after the commentators mentioned it too I burst out laughing, what an odd thing to do.

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Pedro Fleury June 18, 2008 9:05 pm

LOL! Hilarious!

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chris June 18, 2008 9:09 pm

very cheeky indeed.

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sambobly June 18, 2008 9:25 pm

Dennis Leamy was also saying "I've got 9, I've got 9". Very funny thing to do.

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Torsten June 18, 2008 9:57 pm


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Ben June 18, 2008 10:37 pm

"Dennis Leamy was also saying "I've got 9, I've got 9". Very funny thing to do."Oh my god I couldn't help but laugh at this one, great !Great clip also, Leamy looks like a funny guy ;)

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Anonymous June 18, 2008 10:50 pm

Trying his best to intimidate the debutant, who I thought did very well over the course of the game.

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Third Centre June 18, 2008 10:51 pm

he's an odd odd man

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Anonymous June 19, 2008 12:56 am

Luke Burgess said he didn't notice

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mr.clutchcleverismyh June 19, 2008 1:30 am


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miguel June 19, 2008 4:00 am

so whats the law exactly about touching the scrumhalf at the ruck?

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Eoghan June 19, 2008 4:03 am

tappa tappa tappa hahaha

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Chazza June 19, 2008 5:20 am

Luke Burgess is the man, he played his first super 14 season this year at the age of 19 and absolutely showed Josh Holmes (the resident scrum half) what to do. Did any one else notice Denis Leamy trying to grab his hair in the second round of head taping.CLASSIC

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jimza June 19, 2008 6:05 am

hahah, is it legal?

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jay June 19, 2008 6:50 am

Funny as hell ^^ and yet if I were the ref. I'd go and see the guy to say that this is obviously unecessary...Had it been Pelous what would have been the reaction ;P ? A kick to the face ?(just joking as I am a froggie but the latin way of reacting to those little extras is not always the best)

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no 9 June 19, 2008 10:15 am

lol thats one way 2 put off the scrum half

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bD June 19, 2008 10:21 am

the ref was thinking of blowing him for it you can see him even turn around to the touch judge looking for help!

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Nick June 19, 2008 11:14 am

Beautiful! Petting zoo in the ruck!

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Anonymous June 19, 2008 4:00 pm

Leamy is a lunatic, when I was 12 I went to a schools game in Musgrave Park and he bust a guys nose open straight in front of the ref with one dig, he was also the goal kicker.

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wagga magpie June 19, 2008 6:03 pm

chazza burgess is 24 and played a few seasons down at ACT, but this year was his first proper run. i think he has served his apprenticeship, dont you think?

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Chazza June 19, 2008 6:47 pm

sorry my bad, but he did own Josh holmes. Does any one know anything about James Hanson, hes a hooker

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nick June 20, 2008 7:40 am

yeah nice try denis !pretty des[ertate too try and do something like that !

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Anonymous June 21, 2008 11:49 am

haha ya i remember my brother telling me that quaidy(the opposing outhalf) was in leamys face all day abusing him until leamy broke his nose

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Anonymous June 22, 2008 10:01 pm


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Rachael June 26, 2008 7:08 am

that is why i love that leamy man

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Anonymous June 27, 2008 6:56 pm


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Anonymous July 02, 2008 10:18 am

Dennis Leamy is a very talented player who has learned to controll a firey temper that risked his career at one stage. Playing for the Irish U-20's in the world cup in around 2001, Leamy was making his debut for his country. The big name player in the tournament was a your French whiz-kid by the name of Michelak. Ireland were playing France in their first match and Leamy wanting to make a name for himself and impress punched Michelak in the 1st minute breaking Michelaks nose and earning himself a red card.Leamy did not represent an Irish representitive side again until him Munster form demanded that he be brought into the Irish senior set up.Maybe he has just matured more since then, but his crazy antics are certainly a way for him to express his excentricities on the pitch. And also he is mental on a night out...a serious professional but and great fun guy.

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Anonymous July 10, 2008 9:31 am

Thats not leamy, you can clearly see jog roung the back of the ruck with the black scrum cap.

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 4:01 pm


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neil March 05, 2010 1:43 pm

heard a story last week, u-20's, leamy playin against leinster, heaslip et al on their first game for the province, bottom of a ruck leamy gives one of the new fish a slap in the head and says "welcome to the party lads" - classic leamy! gas man

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