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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 »

Monday, March 06, 2017

Steven Luatua banned for 4 weeks after tackle on Tim-Nanai Williams

Following Friday's red card for Steven Luatua against the Chiefs, the Blues loose forward has been banned for four weeks. Luatua pleaded guilty to contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent, after his dangerous challenge on Tim Nanai-Williams. MORE »

Friday, March 03, 2017

Steven Luatua receives straight red card for dangerously high tackle

Blues loose forward Steven Luatua was shown a straight red card for this high tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Blues in Hamilton on Friday. MORE »

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sona Taumalolo makes thumping hit against Pau in the Top 14

Tongan international Sona Taumalolo did what he does best this past weekend as he unloaded on Pau centre Jale Vatubua in a hit that sent the centre sprawling to the turf. The tackle took place during Pau's defeat of Grenoble, their sixth consecutive win. MORE »

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Old man Radike Samo smashes young fellow Fijian in Brisbane

While there have long been jokes about Radike Samo not really knowing his real age, he is now all of 40-years-old and showed in Brisbane that he is still more than capable around the park. He played in the Brisbane Global 10s, and made this huge impact on a fellow Fijian. MORE »

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Owen Farrell put in another solid Six Nations performance against Wales during England's 21-16 win on Saturday, but early in the second half he was on the receiving end of this huge hit by impressive Welsh number eight, Ross Moriarty. MORE »

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

The inaugural Brisbane Global Tens was played over the weekend with many big name teams included, so there were many familiar names, great tries and bone-jarring hits. This one in particular between Taniela Tupou and veteran All Black Liam Messam stood out. MORE »

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

France replacement winger, Caroline Boujard, has been cited for this dangerous tackle in the Women's Six Nations match against England on Saturday. She was yellow carded at the time but was later cited by the independant Citing Commissioner, facing a hearing today. MORE »

Thursday, February 02, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday: Remember when Courtney Lawes decapitated Plisson?

Here’s a quick throwback to the last time England played France at Twickenham and Courtney Lawes obliterated Jules Plisson in 2015. Early on in the game France were leading until the second row enforcer lined up the flyhalf and put in this monster hit, sending the Frenchman airborne. MORE »

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thierry Dusautoir blindesides Colin Slade with punishing tackle

Now retired from Test match rugby, former French captain Thierry Dusautoir is still making a big impact at domestic level, as seen here with this crunching tackle on former All Black, Colin Slade. The Toulouse captain caught him unawares, knocking the wind out of him for a second or two. MORE »

Monday, January 30, 2017

The 5 Biggest Hits from round 17 of the Top 14

While the excitement continues to build for the start of the Six Nations, there were some great contests and familiar names delivering powerful hits in France over the weekend. Here is a quick look at the best tackles from round 17 of the Top 14. MORE »

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mathieu Bastareaud smashes Alex Lozowski with MONSTER hit

Against Saracens this past weekend Mathieu Bastareaud reminded everyone that he's still one of the game's biggest hitters, and that you can indeed still make enormous, legal hits in a rugby union match. His effort is without a doubt one of the biggest of the year so far. MORE »

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday: That time Delon Armitage crushed Nic White

Here is a quick #ThrowbackThursday clip that we haven't posted before, featuring Lyon's Delon Armitage making a crushing tackle on Montpellier's Nic White. The former Toulon fullback timed the challenge perfectly, getting the Wallaby ball and all. MORE »

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Saracens pulled off a remarkable Champions Cup draw with the Scarlets despite losing Will Skelton to the sin-bin for a slap on Scarlets back-rower James Davies late in the game. MORE »

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Montpellier flyhalf Francois Steyn was shown a straight red card for a high tackle he made on Johnny Sexton during last night's European Champions Cup match in Dublin. Referee JP Doyle conferred with touch judge Wayne Barnes and the TMO, with red being the final outcome. MORE »

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two players singled out in French second division mass brawl

ProD2, the French second division, returned with a bang as Colomiers beat bottom of the table Bourgoin 42-5 in a one sided encounter. With Colomiers leading comfortably late on, an off-the-ball scuffle between a few players quickly escalated into a full-on mass brawl. MORE »

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