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Monday, July 07, 2014

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Crusaders back Colin Slade, who has broken has jaw on multiple occasions, was on the receiving end of a huge Ma'a Nonu charge during the Crusaders and Blues' Super Rugby game at the weekend. Nonu's superior size and body position meant Slade was sent flying, gumguard and all. MORE »

Friday, June 27, 2014

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Earlier this week Wales prop Samson Lee was suspended for five weeks for a headbutt on Flip van der Merwe during the Springboks vs Wales second Test at the Mombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The incident occurred shortly before a Welsh try, but wasn't looked at. MORE »

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

Canada came agonisingly close to a famous victory over Scotland on Saturday, but had a late penalty reversed due to a controversial sending off. Scotland will be relieved to have won the tour game 19-17 after the home side pushed them all the way. MORE »

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Biggest Hits of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Season

Premiership Rugby have put together their selection of the five biggest tackles that took place in the latest 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Season. We featured a few of them, but here's another look as you may have missed one or two. MORE »

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

The Midyear Tours are currently on the go but the Pacific Nations Cup is also under way, and featured a dramatic 18-18 draw between Samoa and Tonga in the opening game on Saturday. In the first half there was this huge hit, by a fullback on a prop. MORE »

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Rene Ranger treats Henry Slade like a speed bump in Barbarians match

Exeter Chiefs flyhalf Henry Slade made a solid senior England debut against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Not only did he score a try in the 39-29 defeat, but he showed great courage against an extremely physical Baa Baas side. MORE »

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Flyhalf killer Courtney Lawes adds Charlie Hodgson to his list in Premiership final

Fresh from double finals success, Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes is raring to go and full of confidence ahead of the series against New Zealand. He had another excellent game on Saturday, including one massive trademark hit in particular. MORE »

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chiefs Prop Ben Tameifuna's huge tackle on Michael Hooper

Ben Temeifuna made this cracking tackle in this morning's Super Rugby round 16 match between the Chiefs and the Waratahs. The 'Tahs won the game 33-17 in convincing fashion, but earlier in the match Big Ben made his mark with one of the biggest hits of the season. MORE »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

George Pisi's brutal blindside hit on Nick Abendanon in Challenge Cup Final

Nick Abendanon played his final game for Bath in the 30-16 Amlin Challenge Cup final loss to Northampton Saints. The nuggety fullback has racked up a huge amount of Bath caps, and during that time has been on the receiving end of a fair share of big hits. MORE »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Owen Williams banned for six weeks for making contact with Luther Burrell's eyes

Wales will be without the services of Leicester Tigers flyhalf Owen Williams after he was last night banned for six weeks for making contact with the eyes of Northampton Saints back Luther Burrell in the Aviva Premiership semi final. MORE »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adriaan Strauss suspended for three weeks after tip tackle

Cheetahs hooker Adrian Strauss will miss the first three Springbok matches of the season after he was suspended for three weeks for a lifting tackle against the Stormers on Saturday night. Strauss pleaded guilty to the charge at the disciplinary hearing. MORE »

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 »

 
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