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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Joe Marler could be in trouble again after appearing to kick an opponent in the head

Joe Marler has hit the headlines again after he appeared to kick Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy in the head in Friday night's European Challenge Cup semi final. Marler will face another anxious wait to see if he will have to face yet another disciplinary hearing MORE »

Friday, April 22, 2016

Willie le Roux survives horror landing as Jason Emery sees red

Sharks fullback Willie le Roux was extremely fortunate to come away unscathed from a challenge that saw him land very badly Dunedin earlier today. Highlander Jason Emery took the Springbok out in the air, so was shown a straight red card. MORE »

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fergus McFadden suspended for three weeks for this dangerous high tackle

Leinster's Fergus McFadden has been banned for three weeks for this awful looking tackle against Edinburgh in the PRO12 in Dublin on Friday. McFadden launched into Damien Hoyland, stopping him dead in his tracks but coming off worse for wear. MORE »

Monday, April 18, 2016

Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return

Nate Ebner knows a little something about high pressure environments, so it was no surprise that the Singapore Sevens did little to throw him off his game when he made a return to rugby after so many years out at the highest level. MORE »

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and B├ęziers juniors massive off-field scrap

It can only happen in France... the sorts of incidents that make the rest of the rugby world thankful they played the game elsewhere. It's another all-out French rugby brawl! MORE »

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 »

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