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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

In a particularly brutal and controversy filled Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs, Francois Steyn was red-carded for an illegal tackle on fly-half Aaron Cruden. The rulings that followed have been quite puzzling to say the least. MORE »

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been cited for striking Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell during their Guinness Pro12 match in Belfast on Friday. Williams was yellow carded, but many have been angered by the incident, feeling it should have been red. MORE »

Monday, March 30, 2015

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Northampton Saints winger George North received another blow to the head that has resulted in concussion and more concern about his long term playing career. The incident happened as he scored in Saints' 52-30 victory over Wasps on Friday. MORE »

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

In what was a farcical first half in the rain of Durban, three players were red carded within twenty minutes as the Sharks and the Chiefs played out a tense Super Rugby round 6 contest. Arguably the worst of the three was this uncalled for kick to the face, that resulted in a month ban. MORE »

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

France number ten Jules Plisson was left wondering who had allowed a runaway bull into Twickenham on Saturday, only to return from a world of pain to realise it was England second row Courtney Lawes who had thumped him to the ground. MORE »

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mathieu Bastareaud's physical impact on the 2015 Six Nations so far

There is no doubt that when you're 6ft tall and weigh 18 stone, you are going to make an impression on the midfield. French centre Mathieu Bastareaud has done just that during this year's Championship, so here is a quick look at some of his best moments. MORE »

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

There was some outstanding tackling taking place in the Six Nations over the weekend. Here is a look at six of the best, as put together by the official RBS 6 Nations youtube channel. Note that the music, while taste is subjective, is pretty horrific, so you might want to mute it. MORE »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

It has been an eventful few days for Kiwi forwards, as three were suspended following striking and punching incidents in round two of Super Rugby. Owen Franks, Kane Hames and Hayden Triggs will all be out of action for a few weeks. MORE »

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rynard Landman red carded for elbow to face against Connacht

Newport Gwent Dragon's skipper Rynard Landman is likely to receive a heavy ban after being red carded and cited for elbowing an opponent during his side's 30-25 Guinness Pro12 defeat to Connacht. Landman will face a disciplinary hearing this week. MORE »

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis made two ferocious tackles as his side bounced back from opening round defeat to beat the Rebels 38-28 in Melbourne on Friday night. Hits below, plus you can also see the blooper that resulted in a League convert being yellow carded. MORE »

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

Jamie Heaslip has accepted the apology offered to him by Pascal Pape on Twitter last night. The French lock faces a disciplinary hearing today to judge whether he will be banned or not for the knee to the back that has possibly ended the tournament for both. MORE »

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

Our beloved big tackles series was quietly and unofficially retired after the last world cup. With so many compilations out there, we didn't think it was necessary. Well, we've changed our minds. Try Savers and Rib Breakers is back and here to stay. MORE »

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Last week we looked at Six of the Best Tries scored in the 2014 Six Nations Championship, so today we've got this clip of the Six of the Best Biggest Hits and Tackles from last year's tournament. There are a few in there that you'll remember well, and some perhaps not as much. They're all worth checking out, and should get you in the mood for the much anticipated kick off this Friday. MORE »

Monday, February 02, 2015

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

La Rochelle upset Clermont 16-12 in the Top 14 on Saturday thanks to a late try by Mali Hingano. Earlier in the game there was a bit of an ugly incident however, with Kiwi Jason Eaton unleashing on French international Julien Bonnaire. MORE »

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jarrad Hoeata banned for 6 weeks after red card high shot on Rob Kearney

Cardiff Blues lock Jarrad Hoeata was red carded for a dangerous high tackle on Leinster's Rob Kearney last weekend in the Guinness Pro 12. New Zealander Hoeata has since been suspended for 6 weeks, meaning he'll miss a few European rugby clashes. MORE »

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Sam Burgess had a solid run out against Wasps this past weekend, scoring his first ever league try as well as making these two big tackles. He's fast becoming a fan favourite and with play like this, you can understand why. Bath won the game 39-26. MORE »

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Aviva Premiership Biggest Hits of 2014

As we head into the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup year, here is a quick recap of some of the biggest and baddest tackles made in the Aviva Premiership in England in 2014. If you're a regular visitor you will have seen some of these before, but here they are as the best of the season. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

Northampton lock Samu Manoa made another bone crunching hit in the Aviva Premiership this past weekend, this time on Julian Salvi. The blindside shot took the flanker by surprise, but anyone who has watched the USA Eagles star over the years will have seen it coming. MORE »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Romulo Acosta banned following Edinburgh vs Treviso brawl at Murrayfield

Treviso prop Romulo Acosta faced a disciplinary hearing today after he was red carded for his part in an ugly brawl during Edinburgh's 48-0 bonus point win over Treviso at Murrayfield. Two other players were also cited following the weekend's action. MORE »

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith

Dylan Hartley will find out on Tuesday if his England career is in doubt following a straight red card he received in Northampton Saints' 23-19 win over Leicester Tigers this past weekend. Hartley struck Matt Smith with his elbow for his second red card in 18 months. MORE »