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Monday, May 26, 2014

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

There were a lot of big tackles that took place over the weekend, but perhaps the most talked about was this by great shot by Toulon hooker Craig Burden against Saracens. There were some questions about it's legitimacy, but you be the judge. MORE »

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final

Toulon beat Racing Metro 16-6 last weekend to book themselves a spot in the Top 14 final against Castres. Tomorrow however they face Saracens in the Heineken Cup final, with bruiser Mathieu Bastareaud sure to have a big impact in the midfield. MORE »

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ed O'Donoghue cleared of eyegouging after red card game changer

Reds lock Ed O'Donoghue was cleared of eyegouging following one of the most talked about few minutes of the season so far. The incident against the Rebels was briefly included in the Shortball earlier in the week, but here's a longer look. MORE »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jean Deysel suspended for three weeks for stamp against Crusaders

Sharks flanker Jean Deysel pleased guilty to a charge of stamping following the red card he received against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday. He has been suspended for three weeks. The Sharks went on to win the match 30-25. MORE »

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

Northampton Saints prop Salesi Ma'afu has received a one week ban for punching Tom Youngs in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final. You can view the incident below, as well as an animated gif and the viral Twitter interaction between the players on page two. MORE »

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Prop Logovi'i Mulipola's big charge flattens Sales Sharks hooker

There are few sights better in rugby that really big men running at full pace, even if that isn't very fast. In this case, Leicester Tigers prop Logovi'i Mulipola got up quite a head of steam before bumping off Sale Sharks hooker Marc Jones at the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

GIF - Ashley Johnson smashed against the Hurricanes in 2011

This is just a quick post to mention our Tumblr page, and to also show this cracking hit from a few years back. The tackle is on Ashley Johnson, now with London Wasps but formerly of the Cheetahs in South Africa. He's also been capped by the Springboks. MORE »

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Digby Ioane manhandles Bryan Habana in tense Top 14 clash

Stade Francais narrowly missed out on a Top 14 play-off place as they were beaten 17-15 by league leaders Toulon in Nice at the weekend. The match was as competitive as ever with multiple cards, including a red, and a sin-binning for Wallaby Digby Ioane. MORE »

Friday, May 02, 2014

Tom Court shown straight red card for tip tackle on Devin Toner

Ulster prop Tom Court was shown a straight red card in tonight's RaboDirect PRO12 match between Ulster and Leinster at Ravenhill. Court was part of a double tackle on 6ft11 Ireland lock Toner, and appeared to drive him to the ground as Toner twisted. MORE »

Thursday, April 24, 2014

George Pisi huge hit leaves Shane Geraghty ill for next ten minutes

Shane Geraghty had an eventful game on his return to Franklins Gardens. Geraghty, who left Northampton Saints for Brive in 2011, was smashed by centre George Pisi on more than one occasion, but soldiered on to put in a gritty performance. MORE »

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland were given their marching orders after an incident in Sunday's Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets Pro12 match at the Millennium Stadium. Williams offended at the breakdown for his second yellow, before Copeland stamped on him. MORE »

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

Courtney Lawes made another of his trademark crash tackles at the weekend, this time on England team mate, Owen Farrell. The Saracens flyhalf didn't return from the tunnel at halftime but has since been cleared as not having a foot injury, and will resume training this week. MORE »

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mathieu Bastareaud makes big rib tickling tackle on Metuisela Talebula

Toulon back Mathieu Bastareaud, often affectionately referred to as the Tank, is the type of player you generally want to stay away from when he has ball in hand. His ability to get over the gain line is what makes him so valuable a player. His tackling isn't half bad either. MORE »

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tavis Knoyle punches Leroy Houston in dramatic Gloucester vs Bath derby

Saturday's dramatic West Country derby between Gloucester and Bath is set to be investigated after ugly scenes followed a late penalty try, awarded by referee Tim Wigglesworth, who showed two red cards and five yellows as Bath won the game 18-17. MORE »

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

Today Jared Payne was suspended for two weeks for the dangerous challenge he was red carded for against Saracens. Payne was sent off by referee Jerome Garces after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup Quarter Final. MORE »

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Biggest Hitters in Super Rugby history

Super Rugby is known for it's expansive rugby, fast paced game and of course, the big hits. Over the years there have been a number of players that have stood out for their ability, and penchant for the big tackle. Here are the Top 5, as compiled by Sean Maloney and the Fox Sports team. MORE »

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

Round six of Super Rugby produced some great tries, as seen in yesterday's Best Tries of the round video, but there were also some big tackles, and none better than this in the Highlanders vs Hurricanes clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. MORE »

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Angelo Esposito's big tackle on Jonny May in Rome

A quick look at the impressive tackle Italy's Angelo Esposito made on England's Jonny May on Saturday. England won the game 52-11 but this was one of the best tackles of the weekend as the Italy wing picked up and drove May into touch without too much trouble. MORE »

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

It's been a good few days for Ireland fans. They won the Six Nations, Brian O'Driscoll went out in style, and flanker Stephen Ferris, who has been out with a long injury lay-off, made his return. He marked it with a typically determined and powerful tackle. MORE »

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

Saracens beat Bath 23-10 in a Round 16 Aviva Premiership game at the weekend. Bath lock Dave Attwood made a huge tackle in the first half, then followed it up with another strong hit seconds later. The tackles are below, with official highlights on page two. MORE »

 
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