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Monday, September 18, 2017

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

Harlequins got the better of Wasps with a tight 24-21 win at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, and in the first half it was Joe Marler getting the better of England teammate James Haskell, as he goaded him into a receiving a yellow card. MORE »

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christian Scotland-Williamson dominates Alex Rieder with huge hit

Young Worcester Warriors forward Christian Scotland-Williamson made this crunching tackle in last weekend's Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps, smashing hard carrying flanker Alex Rieder in an uncompromising tackle. MORE »

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Anthony Tuitavake sent off after reckless spear tackle for Racing 92

Racing 92's Anthony Tuitavake copped a straight red card in his side's 23-19 defeat away to Agen in the Top 14 for a spear tackle on Julien Heriteau. Tuitavake will face a disciplinary hearing next week due to the sending off. MORE »

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Never shy with his use of the shoulder, Ma'a Nonu has once again been shown a yellow card for his late shoulder charge in Toulon's loss to Clermont. Perhaps fed up with what he sees as a softening of the game, he lets fly with his own version of "This is not soccer". MORE »

Monday, September 04, 2017

Biting claim gets Fijian hooker Samu Suguturaga cited in Brisbane

The opening round of Australia's National Rugby Championship has been marred by an alleged bite to the ear by Fijian Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga against Brisbane City at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday. Suguturaga has since been cited. MORE »

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tomas Lavanini off the hook after grass cutter tackle and deliberate slap down

Giant Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will be free to play in the next round of the Rugby Championship after a SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted his guilty plea after he received two yellow cards against South Africa on Saturday. MORE »

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Big hitting Mouritz Botha retires from rugby on medical advice

Former England and Newcastle Falcons second rower Mouritz Botha has been forced to call time onhis rugby career at the age of 35. Botha made the decision following medical advice after failing to recover from a concussion suffered during the 2016-2017 season. MORE »

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kwagga Smith banned for 4 weeks after red card challenge in Super Rugby Final

Lions flanker Kwagga Smith has been suspended for 4 weeks after pleading guilty to contravening Law 10.4(i), after he was red carded for taking out fullback David Havili in the air during Saturday's Super Rugby Final loss to the Crusaders in Johannesburg. MORE »

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ardie Savea huge hit on Elton Jantjies raises concerns

Lions playmaker Elton Jantjies was on the receiving end of this massive hit during the final minutes of the Super Rugby Semi-Final match between the Lions and Hurricanes. The menacing Hurricanes forward showed that he had no plans of slowing down before the final whistle. MORE »

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Belmont Shore powerhouse demolishes tackler who goes too high

Mafi Malua Seanoa of Belmont Shore in the USA sent us this clip of him absolutely demolishing an attempted tackle recently. We've shared it on our instagram and facebook pages, and there has been a fair bit of debate regarding the legalities of the collision. MORE »

Monday, July 17, 2017

Steam train Tongan Thor runs straight through Lima Sopoaga

Young Taniela Tupou was once again at his rampaging best this past weekend as he easily turned Lima Sopoaga into a speed bump during the Reds loss to the Highlanders on Friday. MORE »

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chance Peni-Ataera suspended for 3 weeks for shoulder shot

Western Force winger Chance Peni-Ataera has been suspended for three weeks after a dangerous tackle agaisnt Melbourne Rebels at the weekend. He accepted a guilty plea aafter it was found that he contravened Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent. MORE »

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Captain calls for referee to review opponent's foul play, gets teammate sent off

The Stormers narrowly beat the Cheetahs 40-34 in a tightly-fought Super Rugby match last weekend in Bloemfontein. It will be the utterly bizarre finish that is perhaps remembered most as Cheetahs captain Fran├žois Venter inadvertently got his teammate sent off. MORE »

Monday, July 03, 2017

The most controversial moments from All Blacks vs Lions 2nd Test

Last Saturday's test match between the All Blacks and the Lions has certainly provided a heightened level of drama. Conditions were appalling in Wellington and the Lions came from behind to claim an epic, hard-fought victory to level the series 1-1. Almost from the outset, referee Jerome Garces had a very challenging night. Here is a quick look at the most contentious moments from the match. MORE »

Monday, July 03, 2017

Sonny Bill Williams says he 'let his brothers down' after red card and ban

Sonny Bill Williams has said that he let his brothers down following a red card and subsequent four week suspension after the second Test against the British and Irish Lions. Williams will miss the all important decider this coming weekend, as the series is tied at 1-1. MORE »

Thursday, June 22, 2017

David Halaifonua destroys Cory Allen with huge LEGAL hit

David Halaifonua delivered one of the more powerful tackles you're likely to see as he nearly knocked the boots off Cory Allen when Tonga and Wales met in Auckland. While the hit was reviewed, the TMO ruled that it was completely legal and play resumed. MORE »

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

Despite being on the losing side, Toulon centre Ma'a Nonu played fantastic rugby as he slid in and out of the defence to make several line breaks. He also secured a key interception and made a punishing charge at Clermont lock Arthur Iturria. MORE »

Friday, June 02, 2017

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Northampton flanker Tom Wood has been handed a 6-week suspension for a head stamping incident that left Stade Francais fullback Djibril Camara dazed and bloodied. The incident also provided some extra drama as Wood took exception to Camara's reaction. MORE »

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Clermont Auvergne made it through to the final of the Top 14 last weekend after an impressive 37-31 victory over defending champions Racing 92 in Marseille. They did so without Flip van der Merwe in the second half, after he was red carded. MORE »

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pierre Aguillon sees red for nasty tackle on James O'Connor

During the Top 14 semi-final clash between Toulon and La Rochelle, former Wallaby James O'Connor was the recipient of this dangerous tip tackle at the hands of opposing centre Pierre Aguillon. It meant the end of Aguillon's night, and season. MORE »

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