Courtney Lawes crunches Charlie Hodgson


Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup


Toulon do the double with Top 14 win


Eddie Butler on Jonny Wilkinson career


Dafydd Howells scores quickest try ever?


Barbarians too good for England XV


Bloody Florian Fritz returns to play


Catch up with Sam Warburton


Tameifuna's huge hit on Michael Hooper

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Sam Tuitupou's big tackle on Eamonn Sherridan

Here's a short clip of a big tackle that Sale Sharks centre Sam Tuitupou made on 6ft4 London Irish centre Eamonn Sheridan when the two sides met in the Aviva Premiership recently.

Sheridan had kicked the ball ahead so possibly wasn't expecting the contact, but Tuitupou commited himself and smashed the bigger man to the floor with a perfect tackle.

Great hit and even though it's a short clip, it has been added to the RD Big Hits archive.

Posted at 6:11 am | 2 comments

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Joe Marler smashes big wing George North at Franklin's Gardens

Prop Joe Marler made a huge tackle on big Northampton Saints, Wales and Lions wing George North during Harlequins meeting with the Saints this weekend. Here is a quick look at the hit as well as highlights from the match.

Saints won the match 23-9 and North scored a well taken try after bumping off a far smaller challenge in the form of Charlie Walker, but when up against Marler he came off second best.

"Young Charlie Walker is a talented player but when you're one on one with George, you have to make sure you make a good tackle," said Jim Mallinder of the impressive North try. "We needed that from George, it was fantastic to see him score in the corner."

George Pisi also made a huge hit, but his was of the illegal vareity and he was sinbinned. View highlights of the match, including North's try and Pisi's hit, on page two of this post.

View more big tackles from over the years in our Big Hits section

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Posted at 2:01 pm | 34 comments

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Stuart Hogg's swallow dive after game gets called off due to rain

Wednesday night's 1872 Cup game between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch after heavy rains at Scotstoun. The players stood around aimlessly for a while before Stuart Hogg decided to pose for one of the best photo opportunities of the new year.

The game was called off less than 90 minutes before kick-off after the heavy downpour. Officials gave it as long as possible to try and play the match, but it wasn't possible.

Young flyer Hogg, who had a fantastic 2013 that included a spot on the British & Irish Lions tour, decided to put a smile on some of the loyal supporters' faces with this great swallow dive.

"Disappointed that the game was called off y'day. Had to make some fun of it though" Hogg tweeted.

Posted at 8:37 am | 6 comments

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

Stade Francais beat Perpignan 19-12 in the Top 14 on Sunday afternoon after all their points, other than a penalty try, were scored by Jerome Fillol. Flanker Antoine Burban was outstanding for the Parisians on the day, making turnovers and tackles all over the park.

This incredible covering tackle was one that he made on Fijian centre Watisoni Votu, who beat the first tackler as Perignan attacked, but was absolutely smashed by Burban as he stepped inside.

Let's hope we see more great tackles throughout 2014. On that note, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. It's been a good festive season and we'll be back in the full swing of things soon.

Posted at 6:27 pm | 22 comments

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Funnies - Referee JP Doyle gets hit in the face by the ball

Referee JP Doyle had his earpiece knocked out last weekend as Gloucester met Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Doyle found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a kick ahead pinged him directly on the side of the head, providing an amusing moment for the commentators.

We've seen a few similar incidents over the years, some of which are in the Related Posts below

Posted at 4:27 pm | 3 comments

School of Hard Knocks 2013 - Episode 2

We recently posted the first episode of the 2013 edition of Sky Sports' School of Hard Knocks, which this year is based in Scotland. Today here is a look at episode two, which features a meeting and talk with an inspirational former marine who gives the boys a new perspective on life.

Chris Chudleigh then leads the guys on a brutal army style teambuilding day that tests not only their natural fitness, but their teamwork and temperament too.

As always, it's a fantastic show and well worth watching. We'll post the next episode soon.

Learn more about and follow the charity at schoolofhardknocks.org.uk and @SOHKCharity

Posted at 2:09 pm | 2 comments

Monday, December 23, 2013

Strong wind blows London Irish restart kick backwards

Sale Sharks beat London Irish 15-3 in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night, and this moment pretty much summed up the evening for the Exiles. Danny Cipriani starred for Sale as he set up a try and kicked a conversion and penalty in poor conditions.

The weather played it's part with this London Irish restart, as the ball was kicked off but went straight up and backwards by a few meters. A few months back we saw a similar thing in New Zealand as wind blew a kick back way over the dead ball line.

This wasn't quite that bad, but was an amusing example of how not to play the conditions.

It was Sale's fifth league win of the season, and London Irish's eighth defeat. Things got worse for the Exiles today as news spread that James O'Connor will be moving to Toulon next season. If reports are indeed correct, he will link up with other former Wallabies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.

View more strange kicks where wind played their part in the Related Posts below

Posted at 10:12 am | 9 comments

 
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