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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Last weekend's Top 14 play-off between Racing 92 and Montpellier was a cracker that went right down to the wire, with Racing eventually coming out on top 22-13 in the south of France. MORE »

Monday, May 22, 2017

Josua Tuisova blasts David Smith into next week

Toulon edged Castres in Top 14 playoff action over the weekend, with one of the biggest talking points from the match being when Toulon winger Josua Tuisova brutally ran over opposing winger David Smith. MORE »

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth was right in the heart of the action as he took on Blues forward Akira Ioane, then Sonny Bill Williams joined in, amongst others. It was a lot of pushing and shoving, that resulted in Etzebeth seeing yellow for his open-handed shove to the face. MORE »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders

The Highlanders beat the Bulls 17-10 with a late try at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but earlier in the match a player from each side was red card for two separate incidents. Both were similar in the fact that they were for dangerous shoulders, however. MORE »

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

This mass brawl took place in France's Federal 2 division clash between Ch√Ęteaurenard and Vienne a few days back. After it took a long time to calm the players down, the match had to be called off. Even then, referees and officials were not safe as some were attacked when leaving the field. MORE »

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Sam Whitelock forearm 'strike' in retaliation gets him two week ban

Earlier this week Crusaders second rower Sam Whitelock was suspended for 2 weeks, following a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing that ruled that he had contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the arm, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. MORE »

Monday, May 01, 2017

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

The drama surrounding Stade Francais and Racing 92 took another ugly turn on the weekend as the match between the two rival clubs descended into an a brawl, with two players sent off. MORE »

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi banned for 5 weeks for shoulder shot to head

Sunwolves back Jamie-Jerry Taulagi pleaded guilty to contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent, after he was Red Carded during the Super Rugby match against the Chiefs at the Weekend. Taulagi has been suspended from all forms of the game for 5 weeks, up to and including Saturday 10 June. MORE »

Friday, April 28, 2017

Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game

A referee has been knocked out by a vicious punch in a rugby league match in France. The disgusting incident took place in a French Cup juniors game between Saint-Esteve and Toulouse. The player in question lost his cool after being sent off by referee Benjamin Casty. MORE »

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Andre Esterhuizen red carded and banned for 6 weeks for dump on head

Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen was shown a straight red card for this nasty looking tackle during the dour 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday. Esterhuizen has since been suspended for 6 weeks, after it was ruled that he contravened Law 10.4(j). MORE »

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ardie Savea puts in massive hit against the Brumbies

The Hurricanes managed to stay red hot in their round 9 match against the Brumbies, posting a 56-21 win against the visitors in Napier on Friday night. Ardie Savea was at his energetic best, putting in this shot on opposing fly-half Wharenui Hawera. MORE »

Monday, April 03, 2017

Jonathan Faauli suspended for 4 weeks for big tackle

Chiefs centre Jonathan Faauli has pleaded guilty to committing a dangerous tackle during his team's round six Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Hamilton on Saturday. He was cited after appearing to contravene Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jordan Taufua beast mode against the Force and Kane Koteka

Friday night's meeting between the Crusaders and Force produced this brutal collision between forwards Jordan Taufua and Kane Koteka. The latter came away the worse of the two, forced from the field with injury as the Crusaders won 45-17. MORE »

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ed Quirk lashes out with elbow and knee after being held off the ball

Sunwolves flanker Ed Quirk was picked up on camera for this off the ball piece of foul play during their Super Rugby round 5 match against the Stormers on Saturday. Former Reds player Quick was held back, so appeared to lose his cool a little bit as he attempted to get up. MORE »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Renaldo Bothma suspended for 4 weeks for swinging arm

Bulls flanker Renaldo Bothma received a red card and four week suspension for this high tackle against the Sunwolves in Super Rugby last weekend. Bothma pleaded guilty to the charge of contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

The Queensland Reds were given a severe 44-14 hiding at the hands of last year's Super Rugby finalists the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday. They were not aided by the loss of playmaker Quade Cooper, who saw red for this challenge early in the second half. MORE »

Friday, March 17, 2017

That brutal 30 seconds of collisions between Wales and Ireland

With laws being constantly adapted to protect players, especially from head injuries, many fear rugby has softened in some ways. However, one would be hard pressed to find anything soft in this short clip from Wales and Ireland's Six Nations clash last weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Jaguares number ten Nicolas Sanchez has been suspended for a week following a dangerous challenge he made during the round three Super Rugby match against the Lions. At the time he was only penalised, much to the dismay of the Lions and commentators. MORE »

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown was sin-binned in the opening minutes of the England and Scotland match this past weekend. Many felt the hooker was fortunate to come away with only the yellow, after he lifted and dumped Daly in a dangerous tackle. MORE »

Monday, March 06, 2017

Werner Kok explodes as Sevuloni Mocenacagi gets sent off in Las Vegas 7s final

South Africa claimed their fourth HSBC World Sevens Series title of the year by beating Fiji 19-12 in a controversial Cup final in Las Vegas, which saw Fijian Sevuloni Mocenacagi sent off late in the game. MORE »

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