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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

Exactly two years ago, almost to the day, Northampton Saints second rower Courtney Lawes made a thumping hit on Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell at Allianz Park. This past weekend in their Champions Cup Quarter Final Lawes got Farrell again. MORE »

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunwolves lock Tim Bond suspended for 4 weeks for dangerous tackle

Sunwolves lock Tim Bond has been banned for four weeks following a sending off against the Stormers in Round 7 of Super Rugby on Saturday. Bond tackled Cheslin Kolbe slightly late but more significantly, hit him in the face with his shoulder. MORE »

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

Brumbies forward David Pocock has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous bit of play againt the Chiefs at the weekend. Pocock was cited and has since pleaded guilty to the charge, after he basically put Michael Leitch in a choke hold in a maul. MORE »

Monday, April 04, 2016

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

A club rugby player in Argentina has reportedly been banned for 99 years after footage of this horrific piece of foul play emerged in the last few days. Prop Cipriano Martinez of Pucara club unleased a vicious right boot on defenseless lock Juan Masi of San Albano. MORE »

Monday, April 04, 2016

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

Anthony Watson received a straight red card in a fiery Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Saracens at the Rec on Saturday. Watson took Alex Goode out in the air, leaving the officials with little option but to apply the laws of the game. MORE »

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ugly fight erupts between French and British navies in annual clash

The Six Nations is over and England took the honours in the final match, beating France on Saturday, but last night in Toulon there was a beating of a different kind going on as both countries' respective navies went toe to toe, and its safe to say there was no love lost. MORE »

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Timoci Nagusa huge hit leads to Jesse Mogg try in Montpellier romp

Montpellier produced the shock result of the weekend in the Top 14 with a 60-7 thrashing of Racing 92, taking them up to fourth in the league standings. This try scored by Jesse Mogg was one of the more spectacular of the day, coming from a fantastic tackle by Timoci Nagusa. MORE »

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mat Luamanu throws his weight into Tom Heathcote with another massive tackle

Mat Luamanu has made yet another huge tackle in the Aviva Premiership, this time taking out Worcester Warriors flyhalf Tom Heathcote. The referee was right there to make a call, and he determined that there was 'an attempt to grasp', so waved play on. MORE »

Monday, March 21, 2016

Josh Mann-Rea punches earn him a red card and 1 week ban

It isn't often that we see punches thrown in professional rugby these days, but the Brumbies' Josh Mann-Rea changed the trend slightly, at his peril, when he unleashed against the Stormers on Saturday evening. He was red carded, and has since been suspended... MORE »

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Motu Matu'u demolishes two Melbourne Rebels players in 2012

Gloucester have announced the signing of Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u, who a lot of you will know for his hard-hitting, strong carrying brand of rugby. New Zealand born, Matu'u has played 7 Tests or Samoa, including at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

Ma'a Nonu has been cited after he was yellow carded for a tackle that was deemed to be with the shoulder. Nonu has a bit of a history of tackling without using his arms properly, which is surprising for a player of his calibre. MORE »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Joe Marler has been clearedto play following a disciplinary hearing for the incident that involved him striking Wales' Rob Evans during their Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday. While the citing was upheld, it was found to be not worthy of a red card. MORE »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mat Luamanu flies in to make a cracking hit on big Matt Banahan

Mat Luamanu made this cracking tackle on Bath's Matt Banahan this past weekend, rocking the 6ft7 former England winger to the floor. MORE »

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

Wales prop Tomas Francis has been cited for the incident that had some fans and pundits up in arms during the Six Nations clash against England on Saturday. Francis appeared to make contact with the eyes of Dan Cole, but he was only penalised due to lack of evidence. MORE »

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jerome Kaino issued warning for dangerous off the ball tackle

Jerome Kaino has been given a Citing Commissioner Warning for an off the ball tackle he made earlier today against the Hurricanes, in the opening game of round three of Super Rugby. Kaino was only penalised at the time, but hooker Leni Apisai went off straight after the knock. MORE »

Monday, March 07, 2016

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

We've featured Manu Tuilagi regularly of late, as recently as last week after he made a punishing hit on Blair Cowan. He made two more crunching tackles against Exeter Chiefs, but Leicester boss says he's still not ready for Test rugby. MORE »

Friday, March 04, 2016

Martin Castrogiovanni banned for stamping on foot of Scotland back

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been banned for two weeks for stamping on the foot of Scotland centre Duncan Taylor when the two sides met at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Will Skelton issued official warning for doing this to Saia Fainga'a

Waratahs lock Will Skelton was issued with an official warning for this off-the-ball shot on fellow Wallaby Saia Fainga'a during the opening round of Super Rugby. As the offence didn't meet the red card threshold for citings, he was issued a warning and is free to play. MORE »

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Manu Tuilagi's big hit on Blair Cowan in Leicester Tigers romp

Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi made a return to the Premiership recently, leading to him being called up to the England training squad. He put in a solid performance against London Irish this past weekend, including a tackle that Blair Cowan wasn't too pleased with. MORE »

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Tomas Lavanini suspended for a week for diving on tryscorer

Newcomers to Super Rugby, Argentina's Jaguares, had a good start to the tournament with a 34-33 victory over the Cheetahs. Discipline was an issue though, with a number of yellow cards in their first outing, and this incident involving Los Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini. MORE »

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