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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rob Horne's high shot and tip tackle combo leads to two yellows and a ban

Former Wallaby back Rob Horne was last night banned for a week after two dangerous tackles in the same match. There was an offence in each half, with the second challenge coming in the final seconds of Northampton Saints' loss to Worcester Warriors on Saturday. MORE »

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HUGE Fijian tackles result in early exit for young Joey Carbery

Up and coming Ireland fly half Joey Carbery got a proper introduction to Fijian rugby on Saturday night, as first centre Jale Vatubua put a massive shot on him in the opening minutes, then in the second half prop Peni Ravai made another, that time resulting in injury. MORE »

Monday, November 20, 2017

Michael Hooper makes unwanted history with record breaking yellow card

As Australia fell to a 30-6 loss to England on Saturday, one man in particular may find the load harder to bear. When Michael Hooper received a yellow card on the half-hour mark he officially claimed the record for most yellow cards received in international rugby. MORE »

Monday, November 20, 2017

French centre goes unpunished after doing this to lucky Springbok

French centre Geoffrey Doumayrou should be taking out a lottery ticket after Saturday's match in Paris. While the home side narrowly lost 18-17 to South Africa, it could have been worse if the officials had spotted what he did to Francois Venter off the ball. MORE »

Monday, November 20, 2017

Courtney Lawes lays into Kurtley Beale as England run rampant over Australia

In torrid conditions, amidst some contentious calls, England overcome Australia, scoring four tries in a 30-6 hammering at Twickenham on Saturday. The intensity from the home side was felt early on with this massive hit from Courtney Lawes on Australian full-back Kurtley Beale. MORE »

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Montauban let the fists fly in third division mass brawl

If there are three things we can be certain of in life, it's death, taxes and the occasional mass brawl in French club rugby. This one involved RC Montauban in the third division.. MORE »

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Ricky Januarie floored by below the belt kick from Semi Radradra

He hasn't been playing in the Top 14 for long but former League star Semi Radradra has already made a huge impact for Toulon. On this occasion the impact came in the form of a low blow with the boot, specifically to former Springbok Ricky Januarie's nether regions. MORE »

Friday, November 03, 2017

Munster's Andrew Conway suspended after red card for reckless late tackle

Munster's Andrew Conway will be free to play against South Africa, should Ireland require his services, after he was red carded and suspended for one week for a late tackle against Connacht. Ireland face the Springboks in Dublin on November 11th. MORE »

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wycliff Palu smashes Jordan Uelese as Australia edge the Barbarians

In typicial fashion, the Barbarians displayed their entertaining brand of rugby against the Wallabies over the weekend. There were several memorable moments from the match, perhaps none more so than the thunderous demolition of young hooker Jordan Uelese by former Wallaby number eight, Cliffy Palu. MORE »

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dylan Hartley cleared to play after bizarre encounter with Rabah Slimani

Dylan Hartley has been cleared to play following a citing for a 'reckless act' that sore his flailing hand connect with the face of Clermont prop Rabah Slimani during a European Champions Cup match on Saturday. Northampton Saints have released a scathing statement on the citing. MORE »

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Ofa Tu'ungafasi hits that were felt around the world

The All Blacks lost to the Wallabies this past weekend, and in a game that was riddled with ridiculous physicality, the biggest of the hits was from replacement prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi. He has been included in the New Zealand squad for the November tour. MORE »

Monday, October 23, 2017

Young 110kg centre demolishes flyhalf with brutal hit in the NRC

Round eight of Australia's National Rugby Championship came to a close with a NSW Country Eagles seven tries to three bonus point win over Melbourne Rising, moving them up to fourth on the table. The tackle of the match came late in the game, due to an unforgiving hospital pass. MORE »

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Suspension down under shows that recklessness will always be punished

Sydney Rays flanker Gareth Bautz has been suspended for three weeks following the red card he picked up during the NRC Round 7 match against the Canberra Vikings at the weekend. Bautz showed remorse immediately but will still sit out for the next few weeks. MORE »

Monday, October 16, 2017

Owen Farrell dump tackle sparks fiery confrontation with Teimana Harrison

While Saracens' 57-13 away victory over Northampton Saints in the opening round of the European Champions Cup got their campaign under way in emphatic fashion, this incident with Owen Farrell sparked a lot of discussion. MORE »

Friday, October 13, 2017

Raised elbow from Juan Pablo Socino leads to suspension

Newcastle Falcons centre Juan Pablo Socino has been suspended for two weeks after a RFU disciplinary panel found him guilty of striking the head of Exeter Chiefs centre Ian Whitton. It brings into question the fine line between fending with the forearm and the elbow. MORE »

Thursday, October 12, 2017

You really don't want to run into Asafo Aumua and Vaea Fifita

Dynamic Asafo Aumua played a significant part in swinging momentum the way of Wellington in a second half that saw him scoring twice in a 36-18 win over Northland earlier today. And it all started with this punishing double tackle by himself and new All Black, Vaea Fifita. MORE »

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Marika Koroibete knocks out Tomas Lezana with brutal tackle

In what was a slightly alarming moment for the Pumas, Tomas Lezana was on the unfortunate receiving end of a bruising hit from Australian winger Marika Koroibete. The shot left the number 8 sprawled unconscious on the turf. MORE »

Monday, October 09, 2017

Damian de Allende apologises but should not have been sent off

Springbok replacement centre Damian de Allende has been issued a warning after the controversial red card that he was shown in the closing stages of the Springbok vs All Blacks thriller on Saturday. It was effectively ruled that the red card was incorrect. MORE »

Friday, October 06, 2017

Stunning pass overshadowed by Augustine Pulu red card for brutal hit

Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu was sent off on Thursday with just five minutes left in their Mitre 10 Cup contest with Manawatu. The former All Black was given his marching orders by referee Glen Jackson after he flew in with a high swinging arm on Jade Te Rure. MORE »

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Tasman wing receives ban for repeating same offence twice in one match

Tasman Makos winger Viliami Lolohea has been suspended from all rugby for three weeks following two yellow cards for foul play, which were both cited, in his team’s match against Taranaki in New Plymouth last week. Both incidents were near-identical, resulting in a red card. MORE »

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