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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Top 5 Rugby Villains of All Time - Rugby HQ

When you think of Villain, you no doubt have someone in particular in mind based on where you are from and who you support, as well as what you've seen in your time as a rugby fan. The guys at Rugby HQ in Australia have picked theirs, so here you go.

Over the years we've seen our fair share of filthy play on the rugby field. A lot of it has been documented here on RD, providing hours of shock factor and for some, entertainment.

Now Sean Maloney and crew have put together their Top 5, all from the Southern Hemisphere, and featuring no less than three South Africans. They've given top spot to a vilified front rower from arch rivals New Zealand, but that's to be expected.

The man in question, Richard Loe, has actually spoken out this week on the recent biting incident that occurred between Argentina and South Africa, saying that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth deserved to be bitten by Leonardo Senatore.

Senatore was found guilty and banned for nine weeks, however Loe felt that he was provoked and despite flanker Pablo Matera also being cited for an eye-gouge (and later cleared due to a lack of evidence), Loe says that he does not expect more dirty play from Argentina.

"In the case of Senatore, I thought that Eben Etzebeth kind of got what he deserved for slamming his forearm into the Puma No 8's face. The incident was not in my view a case of the player deliberately setting out to bite – it wasn't like the time Johan le Roux bit Sean Fitzpatrick's ear – so I wouldn't read too much into it," Loe said.

In the video below we get to see some awful incidents, most of which we have featured at some stage over the years. You can view those, and the Senatore incident, in the Related Posts below.

Who would you name as the all time Top 5 Rugby Villains?

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:09 am | View Comments (22)

Argentina players cited after eye-gouge and biting claims

Butch James suspended for high tackle on Jurgen Visser

Butch James banned for dangerous charge vs Brumbies

Quade Cooper - Public Enemy Number One in New Zealand

Quade Cooper cited then cleared for kneeing Richie McCaw

Butch James dangerous tackle and big hit

Bakkies Botha suspended for nine weeks for Cowan headbutt

Bakkies Botha suspended after dangerous clearout

Bakkies Botha suspended for injuring Adam Jones

Midweek Madness - Bok fan attacks ref in 2002

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play, Top 5 compilations

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xxx September 03, 2013 1:27 pm

martin johnson is the joker,

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Number11 September 03, 2013 1:34 pm

Schalk Burger anyone?

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JFerg September 03, 2013 1:47 pm

Jamie Cudmore?

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Hackney Griffin September 03, 2013 1:50 pm

There are a collection of nasty single incidents of course (Mr Attoub, or you Schalk!) but surely no single incident is as pre-meditated, deliberate and completely unfounded as Duncan McRae's assault.

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mdb22 September 03, 2013 1:51 pm

McRae on O'Gara in the 2001 B&I Lions tour? The man deserves a jail sentence

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dgt September 03, 2013 2:43 pm

Richie McCaw ?

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Guy September 03, 2013 2:47 pm

Dylan Hartley has a fitting resumé.

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Eddie-g September 03, 2013 3:06 pm

Hard to best Johan le Roux.

But if ok to include League in this list, John Hopoate would have no competition.

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DrG September 04, 2013 9:30 am

Something wrong with people who feel the need to poke bums or grab genitals in games....

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XonMeerKat September 03, 2013 3:26 pm

I played against Bakkies in high-school...and promptly stopped after having to undergo plastic surgery to fix my face.

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Oisin September 03, 2013 3:35 pm

How on earth does Tana Umaga not make this list for his disgraceful tackled on Brian O'Driscoll in the Lions Tour 2005?

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Benny September 05, 2013 8:31 am

You mean Kevin Mealamu? Did you see the game or just hear if from someone at the pub?

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cheyanqui September 03, 2013 4:30 pm

Apparently FOxsports "Lost files" include any footage which they don't already own the rights to -- i.e. too cheap to pay for Northern Hemisphere rights.

#4 and #5 soft as hell too.

Butch James at #3 is at least a decent call.

My top five (in no particular order) -- in general, I leaned for an overall body of work, rather than a single-heinous act (granted eye gouges are as bad as it gets), and a penchant for the modern (professional) game.

Bakkies Botha
Jamie Cudmore
Delon Armitage
Dylan Hartley
Schalk Burger

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ruppansy September 03, 2013 6:29 pm

Not one of their better ones. Obvious choices are:

Johan Leroux
Bakkies Botha
Richard Loe
Duncan Macrae
James Dalton

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Guest September 03, 2013 9:48 pm

Danny Grewcock shouldn't be fogotten about either

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leinster_Jimmy September 04, 2013 6:14 am

Dylan Hartley

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Ando September 04, 2013 7:15 pm

Callum Clark sure started his rugby career well to make this list in the future, the guy is a thug.

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Ericmarseille October 03, 2013 7:47 pm

We're talking modern time villains of course...

But CHOLLEY, anyone? Remember? RINGER, the Welshman, too?

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Eoghan November 29, 2013 3:13 pm

Come on people what about Munster's very own Peter OClohessy or as he has become more affectionately know: THE CLAW.

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poldybloom3 December 17, 2013 10:03 pm

How right you are!The Claw would be high up there in the Roll of Dishonour

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