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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Veteran Tony Brown takes a big tackle from Atieli Pakalani

Veteran Tony Brown takes a big tackle from Atieli Pakalani

Another busy rugby weekend has come and gone so before sorting through the chaos, here's a short clip that was submitted via the forum, and features veteran Tony Brown taking a big tackle against the Waratahs.

Yes, if you didn't know it before, Tony Brown is still playing professional rugby. The 18 times capped All Black has had a bit of a rugby journey, playing in Japan and South Africa before returning to Otago to continue plying his trade for his beloved Highlanders.

Now 36 years old, he's actually already been named in a Classic All Blacks team, to play against a Classic France team in Queenstown in September. This weekend though he was was picked to start against the Waratahs as Lima Sapoaga is doing duty for the Baby Blacks at the Junior World Championships in Italy.

Things didn't go too well for Brown, who was not only on the end of a 33-7 hiding from the Sydney side, but also took this hefty tackle from 'Tahs back Atieli Pakalani, winding him quite badly and leaving him on the ground to recover for a minute or two.

Regardless of the result, and of him being smashed here, it's great to see guys like Brown, Tana Umaga, and Chris Jack, all having good seasons and continuing to perform well into their thirties.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 9:09 pm | View Comments (13)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Guy June 12, 2011 10:57 pm

Copybook tackle. Must have hurt.

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 11:27 pm

Awesome tackle but hilarious to see that the SH has to resort to bringing players back from the dead... sorry, the forgotten era... 1996 ?!?! really! now thats f*cking funny!

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 1:53 am

translation: me hungry british troll, FEED ME!!!

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Juggernauter June 13, 2011 2:00 am

Haha Tony Brown is an absolute legend. To keep playing at this level at his age is indeed a big achievement. He looks just like my grandpa!

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 5:14 am

Tana is older right? if u compare them... damn there's a huge gap.

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 10:31 am

To your man talking about SH bringing guys back from the dead... Simon Shaw... nuff said.

England Debut in... 1996! :O
37 and was playing up to this year.
Even got on the Lions team at 35.

Doesnt say much for England or the Lions selection committee.

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Mike June 13, 2011 10:36 am

That's a great hit - and notice how he didn't lift him up and land him on his upper back, so he couldn't be pinged for an illegal tackle. That takes skill and a cool head.

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 10:58 am

Perfect tackle and even more classy pass from Brown who keeps the ball alive knowing he'll get smashed right after!

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Flipje June 13, 2011 11:10 am

Mick you are right, that is a great tackle. Spectacular but perfectly legal mostly due to the effort from Pakalani.

What about this game between The Blacks & Les Bleus in September? Who will be playing and is this lined up as a charity game for the Christchurch earthquakes?
Does anyone has a link that talked about this game?

About some great All blacks still playing good rugby, I believed in Castres (France), Chris Masoe is very much living to his reputation (but ok he is "just" 32 I believed....)

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 12:02 pm

simon shaws a second row not an outhalf. most of the best second rows are in there 30s

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katman June 13, 2011 9:08 pm

I think Stefan Terblanche is about 36 too.

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Alexander June 14, 2011 1:32 am

Terblanche and Brown and Shaw. Legends!!!

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Anonymous June 14, 2011 5:10 pm

Victor Matfield,

bakkies botha

over 30...

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