Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Friday, February 23, 2018

Martin Johnson escapes with warning after nasty throat stamp in 1999

The Calcutta Cup between Scotland and England is the oldest international fixture in the history of the game and the two sides face each other again this weekend in another eagerly anticipated encounter. MORE »

Friday, February 23, 2018

Scott Higginbotham pleads innocence but red card wrecks Reds opener

The Queensland Reds had a nightmare start to their Super Rugby campaign as they lost a man after just ten minutes, leading to a heavy 45-19 loss at the hands of the Melbourne Rebels. Scott Higginbotham had.. MORE »

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gaby Lovobalavu's crucial tackle looked innocuous, until he was cited

Gabiriele Lovobalavu was cited and has been suspended for a crucial tackle that he made in the closing seconds of Wasps's Aviva Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs on Sunday. He appeared before a disciplinary hearing in London last night. MORE »

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Romania's dangerous high tackle that helped Spain to an upset victory

Spain beat Romania 22-10 in the Rugby Europe Championship to find themselves in pole position for Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification. Their task was helped early on when Romania lost a man to the sin-bin thanks to this reckless tackle. MORE »

Monday, February 12, 2018

Kyle Eastmond's shocking two red card attempts in as many minutes

Wasps got the better of Harlequins on Sunday afternoon with a 44-22 win in the Aviva Premiership, despite playing the majority of the game one man short after these unbelievable moments of madness MORE »

Friday, February 09, 2018

Crunching Fijian tackle puts immediate halt to Brumbies attack at Brisbane 10s

The Brisbane 10s kicked off in Australia on Friday with teams from around the globe having a go at this enjoyable format, finding the balance between fifteens and 7s rugby. There was a huge amount of skill and physicality on show, as seen here between Fiji and the Brumbies. MORE »

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Referee has Georgian handbags under control, or so he thinks

It all seemed like it was under control, as Kharebi and Armazai battled it out in Round 12 of Didi 10, their local championship, but suddenly.. MORE »

Sunday, February 04, 2018

New Zealand teenage sensation makes terrible decision, but then does this

Etene Nanai-Seturo showed why he is currently the talk of New Zealand, but his inexperience showed against France at the inaugural Hamilton Sevens. MORE »

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

David Halifonua ends young Will Jones's game with punishing tackle

Will Jones learned the hard way that running straight at Gloucester's Tongan hitman David Halaifonua is not a good idea. The 30-year-old has numerous victims, with Jones the latest in a long line of players who will have stories to tell from the times they went up against him. MORE »

Monday, January 29, 2018

Filthy tackle leaves Josua Tuisova seeing red

Certainly no stranger to the highlight reels, Toulon winger Josua Tuisova found himself on the opposite end of the spectrum this past weekend after an extremely dangerous tackle on Bordeaux-Begles's Blair Connor. MORE »

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Semi Radradra makes huge hit and scores two tries against future club

Fijian powerhouse Semi Radraga had an excellent game against Bordeaux Begles on Saturday, making this thumping tackle in the very first minute, then going on to score two well taken tries. He contributed to Toulon's 36-12 victory. MORE »

Thursday, January 25, 2018

#ThrowbackThursday: That time Luke Whitelock took down two All Blacks seconds apart

Super Rugby 2018 is less than a month away so as the Southern Hemisphere competition build up continues, here is a clip from two years ago that you'll probably enjoy. It features the youngest of the Whitelock brothers, as he went on a mini rampage against the Crusaders. MORE »

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Schalk Burger cited for this technically dangerous offence

Schalk Burger has been cited for alleged dangerous play during Saracens' Champions Cup Round 6 match against Northampton Saints on Saturday. Burger faced a disciplinary hearing in London on Tuesday night. MORE »

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

James Haskell suspension ruling after dangerous hit on Jamie Roberts

James Haskell has been suspended following an independent disciplinary hearing in London today. The Wasps flanker was red carded against Harlequins when he tackled Jamie Roberts high and slightly late. He will miss some of the Six Nations as a result. MORE »

Sunday, January 14, 2018

James Haskell facing ban after flying into Jamie Roberts' head

Wasps flanker James Haskell has publicly apologised for the brutal tackle on Jamie Roberts that earned him a straight red card late in their Champions Cup clash with Harlequins. With Haskell off the field, 'Quins snatched a dramatic 33-28 victory. MORE »

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joe Marler and TJ Ioane both suspended after double altercation

Harlequins prop Joe Marler and Sale Sharks flanker TJ Ioane have both been handed suspensions following altercations between the two players just minutes apart. Each will have to sit out for a few weeks, with Marler missing part of the Six Nations. MORE »

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

'Run it Straight Challenge' doesn't end well for this guy

The 'Run It Straight Challenge' has been around on social media for a while now, originating with Rugby League fans in Australia. This latest one-on-one submission comes from the UK, and was brutal to say the least. MORE »

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Joe Marler's dangerous shoulder puts his Six Nations campaign in doubt

Harlequins front rower Joe Marler will be in doubt for this year's Six Nations campaign after he received a straight red card in Saturday night's Aviva Premiership clash with Sale Sharks, which the latter edged 30-29 after a late referee decision. MORE »

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Sammy Arnold suspended after nasty high shot on Christian Lealiifano

Munster's Sammy Arnold faced a disciplinary hearing last night after being cited for this dangerous tackle on Ulster's Christian Lealiifano at the Kingspan Stadium on New Year's Day. He was issued a straight red card by referee Sean Gallagher. MORE »

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Dangerous 'chop tackle' causes bad knee injury, sparks debate

This tackle, that took place in Spain recently, has caused a large amount of debate on our social media pages after we shared it yesterday. The challenge, made by Alex Silvestre in the Spanish 2nd Division match in Valencia, unfortunately resulted in a bad knee injury. MORE »

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